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Six Bronze Partners on Board for RVDA Confab

June 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association announced that six companies have stepped forward as Bronze Partners for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 30-Oct. 4 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the convention is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center.

Bronze partners for the 2013 convention through today (June 18) are:

• Ally Financial

• Bank of America Merrill Lynch

• Diversified Insurance Management Inc.

• Forest River Inc.

• Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.

• MBA Insurance Inc.

“The association could not provide the extensive educational program offered at the convention without our partners, and we proudly recognize them for their commitment to the convention and to dealers,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors RV in Stuart. “Through convention partnership these industry leaders demonstrate outstanding support for RV dealers and dealership employees.”

Companies interested in partnership and sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact Julie Newhouse at (703) 591-7130 ext. 103 or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org. Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com to register for the convention and for regular updates.

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Protective Life is ‘Gold Partner’ for RVDA Expo

June 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced that Protective Life Corporation’s Asset Protection segment is a Gold Partner for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

According to a press release, the convention is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center.

“Protective continues to show its commitment to continuing education for RV professionals by partnering with RVDA once again for the Convention/Expo,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors RV Center. “The relationship Protective has cultivated with our association and our member dealers has strengthened our industry.”

For over two decades, RVDA has exclusively endorsed Protective’s XtraRide service agreement.

“Protective and our field team have a strong track record of supporting continuing education” said Bill Koster, vice president of recreation vehicle and specialty products for Protective’s Asset Protection segment. “The workshops and other programs offered by the RV Learning Center at the convention help improve customer satisfaction and dealer profitability.”

Companies interested in partnership opportunities, sponsorships and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext 103, or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com to register for the convention and for regular updates. You can also get convention updates on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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Bank of the West is Gold Partner for RVDA Expo

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced that Bank of the West is a Gold Partner for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the convention is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center.

“We are grateful to Bank of the West for its strong commitment to the Convention/Expo and its support for continuing education for RV dealers and their employees,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors RV Center in Stuart, Fla. “Financing is critical to the success of RV businesses and Bank of the West continues to be a leader in providing dealers and their customers with this important service.”

“We at Bank of the West are pleased to, once again, be a major sponsor of the RVDA Convention,” said Mark Beecher, Bank of the West’s senior vice president, sales and marketing, Consumer Finance Group. “We encourage dealers to come by our booth during the convention to discuss all their commercial and retail financing needs. Most of our management team will be there and are honored to speak with the attending dealers.”

San Francisco-based Bank of the West is an FDIC-insured bank that has been in operation for 135 years. Through holding company BancWest Corporation, the bank is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the six highest rated banks in the world.

The RVDA conference remains affordable with an advance registration rate of $549 for members and a lower rate of $449 for additional registrants from the same dealership. RVDA also offers special registration payment plans, including an easy-pay plan of four payments and the ability to lock in early bird savings for additional employees with one paid convention registration.

Themed “Education: Your Competitive Advantage,” the convention will provide critical learning opportunities for dealers and key members of their staff. Workshop tracks are in place for dealer/GMs, sales staff, parts and service managers, and finance and insurance professionals. New this year, Vendor Training +plus, will allow registrants the opportunity for extended training during the first day and a half of the convention and it is included in the regular registration fee.

The 2013 convention will also feature an exhibit hall filled with some of the RV industry’s top companies offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability. Companies interested in partnership opportunities, sponsorships, and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext 103 or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com to register for the convention and for regular updates.

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RVDA Touting ‘Vendor Training +plus’ Benefits

May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Industry suppliers are encouraged to take advantage of a new way to reach RV dealership staff for extended product and service training through Vendor Training +plus. According to a press release, the day-and-a-half-long program will be launched at the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

This new education program, set for on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, allows industry suppliers the time and space to train dealership personnel in the use and applications of their products and technology — in one place at one time.  Because the convention/expo is the only education event of the year exclusively for dealers and their staff, this represents a unique opportunity for suppliers to spend more time with the key staff who use their products in their dealerships.

The theme of this year’s Convention/Expo is “Education: Your Competitive Advantage” and “this annual event is the best chance to get your business in front of more dealership personnel at one time,” the release stated.

The Convention/Expo Committee chaired by John McCluskey is advancing the Vendor Training +plus concept, because dealers want new ways to connect with suppliers who support their industry. “Vendor Training +plus gives our business partners in the industry a powerful new way to connect with hundreds of key dealership staff who will be in Las Vegas for our meeting,” McCluskey said. “Our dealer members are excited about this new program.”

Vendor Training +plus is designed to allow suppliers to the RV industry the opportunity to connect with the increased numbers of dealership personnel who will be meeting in Las Vegas. Scheduled forMonday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, Vendor Training +plus is a chance for exhibitors, associate members and other business partners to step up their involvement in the education sessions by providing half-day or full-day training options. Each session will provide seating for up to 100 people and include: flip chart, LCD projector, screen, and lavaliere microphone.

Vendor Training +plus will be heavily promoted through RV Executive Today, via email, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) website, print, telemarketing, social media and other campaigns resulting in broad exposure for this new educational component of the Convention.  To access details  click here. For more information, contact Julie Newhouse at (703) 591-7130 x103 or by email at jnewhouse@rvda.org.

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Reach Dealers Through Vendor Training +Plus

April 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) is offering industry suppliers the opportunity to participate in Vendor Training +plus, a new education program that will take place during the first two days of the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

The theme of this year’s Convention/Expo is “Education: Your Competitive Advantage” and offers suppliers “the best chance to get your business in front of more dealership personnel at one time,” according to a press release.

“Dealers this year are being encouraged to bring more staff to the Convention/Expo, especially their key middle managers,” said John McCluskey, chairman of the 2013 Convention/Expo Planning Committee. “Vendor Training +plus gives our business partners in the industry a powerful new way to connect with hundreds of key dealership staff who will be in Las Vegas for our meeting. Our dealer members are excited about this new program.”

Vendor Training +plus is designed to allow suppliers the opportunity to connect with the increased numbers of dealership personnel who will be meeting in Las Vegas. Scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Vendor Training +plus is a chance for exhibitors, associate members and other business partners to step up their involvement in the education sessions by providing half-day or full-day training options. Each session will provide seating for up to 100 people and include: flip chart, LCD projector, screen and lavaliere microphone.

Vendor Training +plus will be heavily promoted through RV Executive Today, via e-mail, the RVDA web site, print, telemarketing, social media and other campaigns resulting in broad exposure for this new educational component of the convention. Details are available online at the RVDA website, here. For more information, contact Julie Newhouse at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103, or by e-mail at jnewhouse@rvda.org.

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RVDA Touts Partners Program at Dealer Expo

April 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) is seeking companies to become a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze Level Partner at the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 30–Oct. 4 in Las Vegas.

According to a press release, convention partners receive premium exposure and special recognition for their support at every level, including complimentary full registrations, partner-level convention badge ribbons and color advertising in the pre-convention issue of RV Executive Today. The theme of this year’s Convention/Expo is “Education: Your Competitive Advantage.”

“Quite simply, this is the dealer event of the year for those of us in the U.S. and Canada,” said John McCluskey, chairman of the Convention/Expo Committee. “Partnership at our most important event means a business gains unparalleled exposure to North America’s top dealers. We appreciate the support of so many leaders in our industry who become convention partners.”

Partnership provides businesses with a high profile opportunity to strengthen market awareness of their products and services and unique ways to highlight their position as a key industry leader. As well, the RVDA partnership program provides premium exposure to a targeted audience before, during, and after the events and activities surrounding the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.

RVDA partners receive exclusive extra benefits, depending on their commitment level and can even customize a package to best suit their needs. Details are available here on the RVDA website and more information is available from Julie Newhouse at RVDA. Contact Julie at (703) 591-7130 x103 or jnewhouse@rvda.org to learn more about how partnership can help your business or for information about Vendor Training +plus or becoming an Exhibitor.

Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com  to register for the convention and for regular updates. The industry can also get updates by following the convention on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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RVDA Seeking Speakers for Convention/Expo

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) Convention/Expo Committee is soliciting speakers for the education component of the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, in Las Vegas. According to a press release, there are more than 50 opportunities to speak at the convention between Wednesday and Friday, and RVDA is asking those with an interest in “giving back to the industry” to join the program and inform dealers about ways to grow and improve their businesses.

The event is open to a wide spectrum of speakers from within and outside the RV industry. In all cases, the Convention/Expo Committee looks for proven experts, especially those who can attract and engage attendees. To ensure the timeliness, quality and credibility of the program, the committee works to include a number of first-time RVDA presenters and limits workshops from speakers that present year after year.  Member surveys confirm that one of the top reasons RVDA members choose to attend the annual convention/expo is the number of workshops with new topics and new speakers.

The deadline for submissions has been extended through April 29.  This solicitation is for the non-promotional and non-proprietary educational component of the event.  A speaker FAQ is available here.

RVDA’s Convention/Expo is expecting this year’s attendance will include dealer principals and team members from more than 200 dealerships, with total attendance exceeding 1,000.

To be considered, speaker submissions must be received by April 29. The submission form  document  is provided here. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The workshop title, description, and learning outcomes should be clear, concise, and exciting — designed to attract attendees to the session by highlighting what they will learn and gain from the session.

The committee needs sufficient detail to accurately evaluate how it might fit in this year’s program. To help in the evaluation process, the committee encourages potential speakers to record a short video overview and provide it along with the workshop submission. If the workshop is selected, the video will be used to promote the session. For consistency, the speaker should state his/her name, title, company, “I will be presenting at the RVDA Convention & Expo,” session title and subtitle (if applicable), and three things workshop attendees will learn.

For more information, contact Karin Van Duyse, kvanduyse@rvda.org, or Liz Shoemaker, lshoemaker@rvda.org with 2013 Convention/Expo and use Workshop Submission in the subject line. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities, participating in Vendor Training Plus, and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103 or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com  to register for the convention and for regular updates. The industry can also get updates by following the convention on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Registration Open for 2013 RV Dealers Confab

April 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Registration is now open for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center.

“Education: Your Competitive Advantage” is the theme of the five-day convention that will give dealers and their staff new opportunities for professional development and networking, according to a press release.  An emphasis on the power of an educated work force will be evident throughout the meeting with the addition of Vendor Training +plus, a new program offering longer proprietary training sessions, a track of workshops for young RV executives and pricing that encourages dealers to bring more staff to benefit from the Convention/Expo.

Vendor Training +plus sessions are scheduled to be held on Monday and Tuesday of the convention and are included in the overall convention registration fee. These sessions will allow for longer periods of training than a standard workshop.

For dealership personnel who cannot stay for the entire convention, there is special pricing to allow them to attend only Vendor Training +plus and to experience the expo during a reception Tuesday evening. This pricing flexibility gives dealers the chance to have more staff participate in this all-important event, build their professional skills, and meet others in the industry without missing too much time on the job.

The 2013 convention will also feature an exhibit hall filled with the RV industry’s leading suppliers of products and services to help dealers improve profitability. RVDA’s Partners in Progress Brand Committees will also meet to work on important dealer-manufacturer issues.

RVDA, RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center will have a series of announcements on speakers, workshops and special events planned for the convention in the coming weeks.

Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities, participating in Vendor Training +plus, and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103 or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com  to register for the convention and for regular updates. The industry can also get updates by following the convention on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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RVDA Expo ‘Partners in Progress’ Schedule Set

September 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, running Oct. 1-5 in Las Vegas, will again feature Partners in Progress Brand Committee meetings.

According to a press release, the meetings provide dealers with a forum to discuss brand-specific issues with top management from participating companies. Only dealers who carry the specific manufacturer/brand attend and dealer volunteer leaders moderate the meetings. Results of the 19th Annual Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey will be available at the meetings for each manufacturer.

Click here to register for the convention/expo. Scheduled brand meetings include:

Oct. 1

Forest River – 3:30 to 5 p.m. (Brasilia 5)

Jayco – 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. (Brasilia 5)

Oct. 2

KZ – 8 to 9:15 a.m. (Brasilia 5)

Keystone – 9:30 to 11 a.m. (Brasilia 5)

Winnebago motorized – 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Brasilia 5)

Prime Time – 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Brasilia 4)

CrossRoads – 12:45 to 2 p.m. (Brasilia 4)

Winnebago/SunnyBrook towables – 12:45 to 2 p.m. (Brasilia 5)

Heartland – 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. (Brasilia 5)

Dutchmen – 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. (Brasilia 5)

*Schedule subject to change.

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RVDA Confab to Examine ‘Away’ Ad Campaign

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some of the major consumer outreach strategies behind Go RVing’s new “Away” national advertising campaign will be examined during an all-attendee session at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Oct. 1-5, in Las Vegas.

According to a press release, dealers will learn about the consumer research behind “Away” and its sophisticated methods for reaching consumers based on what people say they’re looking for right now in leisure, vacation and personal travel.

“Go RVing: Research-based Strategies to Motivate Today’s RV Buyers,” is a special General Session scheduled for Oct. 4 from 8-9:30 a.m.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for dealers to get a detailed look at some consumer outreach initiatives that are included in the new Go RVing “Away” campaign and how some of these ideas can help reach new customers in local markets,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia, one of the speakers on the panel.

In addition to reviewing some of the latest consumer research, panelists will discuss how public relations, mobile apps and social media fit into this multi-media consumer outreach program. The Richards Group developed the campaign in collaboration with industry representatives on the Go RVing Coalition.

Along with Ingrassia, the session also features Chris Mahony, executive director of Go RVing Canada; James Ashurst, vice president of public relations and advertising for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA); and Chad Strohl, account manager for The Richards Group.

The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is being held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center.

The 2012 convention will feature an exhibit hall filled with the RV industry’s top suppliers offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability. RVDA’s Partners in Progress Brand Committees will also meet to work on important dealer/manufacturer issues.

Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130 or send an e-mail to info@rvda.org. To register and for more information on the Convention/Expo, visit www.rvda.org.

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