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Webinar Will Outline Affordable Care Act Regs

May 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Kristin Kahle

A free webinar presented by the RV Learning Center in conjunction with online marketing firm KPA will explore the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will  become effective on Jan. 1, 2014. To register click here.

According to a press releas, the webinar is set for May 16 at noon ET and is timed to allow dealerships to plan ahead for the next phases of ACA reforms and make sure an effective compliance strategy in place. Dealers will get expert advice from Kristin Kahle, senior vice president and compliance officer for the Benefits Exchange Alliance.

Kahle will discuss:

• With 41 taxes within healthcare, what affects dealers?

• What is the employer shared responsibility?

• What are the primary timelines and deadlines dealers should be aware of?

• Compliance — what do dealers need to know?

• Strategic business plan on healthcare reform.

If unable to attend, register to receive a link to a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides. If you have any questions or feedback, contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com (866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org(703) 591-7130.

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Webinar to Outline EPA’s Storage Vessel Regs

May 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A free webinar hosted by the RV Learning Center in conjunction with Internet marketing firm KPA will focus on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations pertaining to underground and above ground storage vessels. According to a press release, the webinar is scheduled for May 9, at noon EST. To register click here.

Many facilities must use storage tanks to hold large amounts of chemicals needed for production. Above ground storage tank issues can be easily identified, but there are also other EPA regulations dealers need to be aware of that do not involve the physical state of the tank. Underground storage tanks are not as common as they once were, but  dealers should be aware that these tanks require constant inspections, testing, and insurance to prevent an underground leak.

KPA engineer Zach Pucillo will discuss the routine maintenance regulators look for and clarify important regulations pertaining to both above and underground storage tanks.

If unable to participate, register and receive a link to a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides. For additional information, contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com (866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org(703) 591-7130.

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Dealer Satisfaction Survey is Available Online

April 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) members are encouraged to participate in the 20th Annual Dealer Satisfaction Survey of manufacturers’ performance.

According to a press release, the resulting Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) will be released to brand committee chairmen in time for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Sept. 30–Oct. 4.

The DSI is not a scientific study, but it measures dealers’ attitudes about manufacturers’ performance in eight key areas identified by RVDA’s Industry Relations Committee, including:

•  Sales support.

•  Sales territory.

•  Vehicle design.

•  Vehicle reliability/quality.

•  Competitive price/value.

•  Parts support.

•  Dealership warranty support.

•  Overall dealer communications.

Many manufacturers use DSI results to adjust policies and procedures that affect dealers, so “it’s extremely important for all dealers to fill out the survey and rate every brand and manufacturer whose products they carry,” stated RVDA.

RVDA dealer members can Click Here to access the survey (member login required). The preferred method for completing the survey is online, but dealers are also permitted to print and fax the survey to RVDA if necessary.

For more information, send an email to info@rvda.org or call the dealer services hotline.

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Webinar Preps Dealers for On-Site Inspection

April 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A free webinar from the RV Learning Center, slated for May 2 at noon EDT, will show RV dealers best practices in preparing for regulatory inspections from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Department of Transportation (DOT).

According to a press release, the webinar is available through a strategic partnership with online marketing firm KPA. Register by clicking here.

Maintaining a compliant workplace is always an important aspect of preparedness, but the webinar will highlight procedures dealers should follow once the regulator is on-site. Knowing what to expect will reduce stress regarding the inspection process and may minimize the risk of potential fines.

If you are unable to attend the webinar at this time, register and you will be sent a link to a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com (866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org (703) 591-7130.

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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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Booth Space is on Sale for RV Dealers Confab

April 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RV dealer expo logo

Booth space for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo running Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Las Vegas is currently on sale, according to a press release from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). To view a map of the expo floor showing space available click here.

Themed “Education: Your Competitive Advantage,” this year’s event is a major draw for dealers offering the opportunity to learn about new products and services that can help them solve problems and run their businesses more efficiently. With the economic uptick in the industry, dealers are more eager than ever to find ways to capitalize on the increased demand.

The Expo opens Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. and leads up to a reception that same afternoon from 4–6 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Exhibit Hall is open with lunch served for conference attendees. RVDA noted that no education events will conflict with expo hours in order to maximize exhibitors’ exposure to dealers.

“Exhibiting at our convention gives suppliers quality time with the industry’s real decision makers,” said John McCluskey, chairman of the Convention/Expo Planning Committee. “Numbers don’t lie. RVDA members are the retail powerhouses of the RV industry, accounting for 84% of the RV sales in the U.S. market and 90 percent in the Canadian market.”

Details are available here on the RVDA website and more information is available from Julie Newhouse at RVDA. She can be contacted at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103, or jnewhouse@rvda.org to explain how exhibiting, partnership, or “Vendor Training +plus” can give dealers an edge.

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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Dealer Webinar Covers Regulatory Paperwork

April 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A new RV Learning Center webinar, scheduled for April 25 at noon ET, will walk dealers through the paces of OSHA and EPA-related paperwork compliance required by regulators. To register for the free webinar click here.

According to a press release, the webinar will focus on the administrative side of regulation rather than the safety side. Paperwork is often one of the first things regulators check when they show up and this online education session will focus on what paperwork must be on file. Dealers have access to this free RV Learning Center webinar through a strategic partnership with Internet marketing firm KPA.

Glorianna Cooley, a Registered Environmental Manager (REM) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP), will conduct the session and explain how failure to have your paperwork in order can put a damper on your otherwise good compliance efforts. She will also advise dealers what they can do to meet regulators with confidence, knowing that their files are in order.

If you are unable to attend the webinar at this time, register to receive a link to a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com, (866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org, (703) 591-7130.

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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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Lazydays Hires Tim Sheehan for CEO Position

April 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays has hired Tim Sheehan as CEO, replacing John Horton, who left the company last October.

According to a press release, Sheehan will officially join Lazydays in his new role as CEO on April 22 while Randy Lay will continue his CFO duties for Lazydays after serving as interim CEO.

Sheehan joins the Seffner, Fla.-based dealer after 25-plus years with Best Buy, where he held numerous positions before being named as executive vice president, chief administrative officer in 2009.

Lazydays stated in the release, “Dramatic changes in consumer shopping habits, along with the ever-shifting retail landscape that Sheehan experienced with Best Buy over the past decade make him uniquely qualified to help steer Lazydays through similar shifts affecting the RV industry.”

During his tenure with Best Buy, Sheehan headed U.S. operations, led the company’s services business and drove a number of initiatives to position Best Buy as the largest multi-national consumer electronics retailer. He was also instrumental in expanding the company from $50 million in annual sales to over $50 billion.

“We’re thrilled to bring Sheehan’s expertise in a competitive business environment to Lazydays,” said William Murnane, Lazydays chairman. “Tim’s operational experience, leadership skills and enthusiasm for the dynamic landscape of retail make him the ideal choice. We look forward to him continuing to build the momentum we’re already seeing as the economy recovers.”

“Myself as well as the entire board are deeply appreciative for Randy’s outstanding work as interim CEO,” said Murnane. “He did an exceptional job in maintaining his role as CFO while setting some important initiatives in motion that Tim can step in and capitalize on.”

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Learning Center: Webinar Explains Paint Regs

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Chuck Elliott

Dealers can get the facts about compliance with the EPA’s 6H Paint Spray Requirements by attending a free RV Learning Center webinar April 18 at noon EST. According to a press release, the presentation is made possible by a strategic partnership between Internet marketing firm KPA and the RV Learning Center.

Recently, collision centers have been on the receiving end of Clean Air Act compliance orders as regulators take the first steps in enforcement activities. EPA’s reach extends beyond collision centers and RV dealerships can take steps to prepare against auditing by the agency.

Presenter Chuck Elliott, an environmental health and safety engineer with KPA, will review what dealerships without collision centers need to do in order to protect themselves when using mobile contractors.

Dealers should be aware that the Air Protection Branch of the EPA has historically been very strict with its enforcement and the Clean Air Act often has some of the heaviest fines. This webinar offers dealers updates on the 6H regulations and enforcement, a rundown of the regulation requirements and will show how to prepare for a possible inspection.

To register for the webinar click here. For those unable to attend, register and receive a link that provides a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides. As well, all prior webinars are available on the RV Learning Center website at [Slashdot] [Digg] [Reddit] [Facebook] [Google] [StumbleUpon]

Baird Dealer Survey: Q1 Demand Encouraging

April 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. recently partnered with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) to contact 110 RV dealers regarding demand during the first quarter. The following is a summary of the results.

Early-season trends were strong, despite a later start to spring and slower traffic in cold-weather markets. Retail demand improved nicely, up 9% to 10% in both motorhomes and towables. Dealers consider motorhome inventory lean and towable inventory balanced. With dealer confidence soaring, higher absolute inventory levels are fine.

“We remain bullish on fundamentals and would look for a market correction to provide an opportunity to become more aggressive,” Baird concluded.

Solid retail despite later start to spring. Demand for motorhomes and towables improved roughly 9% to 10% in Q1, despite slower traffic in some cold-weather markets. (Raw survey results indicated 18% growth in motorhomes and 26% growth in towables, but we believe a number of multi-location dealers skewed preliminary data). Big picture, we continue to believe that negative equity among RV consumers has begun to evaporate, driving cyclical recovery. The passage of time (the market peaked in 2004) and better used RV values – along with better home prices and a strong stock market – all play a role.

Inventory appears lean-to-balanced. Dealers appear comfortable with inventory levels. Motorhome inventory appears lean as several dealers mentioned unfulfilled orders (consistent with production constraints manufacturers have reported). Towable inventory appears balanced. Recall that towable manufacturers offered large discounts to protect share on dealer lots, a bet that could pay off if retail remains solid. Based on the number of days of inventory reported, motorhome (113 days vs. 102 days) and towable (115 days vs. 106 days) are up.

Dealer sentiment still lofty. Sentiment remains near record highs as dealers anticipate a recovery. One dealer noted, “if sales continue to follow early trending, this could be one of our best years ever.” After a difficult recession, dealers that survived are enjoying better retail, fresh inventory and easier credit. Indeed, just 5% of dealers reported tighter retail credit trends – and no dealer reported tougher access to wholesale credit. Net, the surge in dealer sentiment helps explain the desire to accumulate inventory – a natural re-stocking effect.

Bullish on fundamentals. We remain bullish on RV fundamentals as a solid cyclical recovery unfolds. We believe that negative equity is evaporating, fueling spending in previously dormant markets (RVs, boats, motorcycles). Meanwhile, dealer inventory is lean-to-balanced, supporting a potential restocking effect and better earnings power. Investor momentum has begun to fade, which could provide an opportunity to be more aggressive.

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Dealer Webinar Covers Employee Leave Laws

April 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Learn how to manage employee leave and comply with the ADA, FMLA, Disability and COBRA Regulations during a free webinar presented by the RV Learning Center on April 11 at noon (Eastern).

According to a press release, the webinar is offered to dealers through a partnership with Internet marketing firm KPA. To register click here.

There are many laws and regulations governing employee leave, several of which overlap, and all of which can be confusing to employers. The dealer webinar will provide a clear overview of the regulations for a dealership’s HR staff along with expert advice on effectively managing employee leaves and reducing the risk of lawsuits and fines.

Nationally known employment law expert and labor attorney John Boggs will explain leave provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the way COBRA governs employee entitlement for the continuation of health care benefits during certain leave situations. He will also cover the finer points of the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which provides leave for qualifying individuals for their own serious health condition or to care for a close relative.

If you are unable to attend the webinar at this time, register to receive a link to a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides. If you have any questions or feedback, contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com (866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org (703) 591-7130.

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UVS Junction Rolls Out ‘Pool to Rule’ Network

April 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

UVS Junction LLC has released the first RV dealer marketing network in the industry called “Pool to Rule.” According to a press release, the network allows RV dealers to claim their 50-mile radius, securing their manufacturers and brands.

“Network dollars get pooled and then reinvested back into the most powerful digital marketing campaign in the industry,” said UVS Director Angie Celucci. “Display ads, keyword ads and re-marketing will bring consumers to this smart site. Once the consumer clicks onto the inventory of choice, the RV dealer that is closest to the web visitor, based on zip code logic, will receive the lead exclusively.”

Celucci noted that UVS saw the need for this type of marketing through continued requests from its client base.

“Dealers need a way to pool funding together and become front runners on the web,” she said. “We knew we needed to deliver a smart site and we put it on our development table and built it.”

The smart site looks at the zip code of the web visitor and searches the data base of dealers. It pins lead delivery to the rightful territory and then right down to the brand, Celucci reported, adding, “There are lots of layers we put into place to allow this program to be different than any other.”

Territories will only be sold to RV dealers with proof of location address for each location. “A dealer can’t just snap up any territory they want to lock another guy out,” said Celucci. “This is fair and square marketing that will deliver leads based on ownership. The site is owned by the dealers – their territory, their manufacturers, their brands, their leads. We simply gave them the tools to dominate the web.”

“Pool to Rule” was opened to UVS clients first. For those UVS clients that don’t claim their territory by the end of business April 4, the territory will be open for grabs.

“The immediate success of this program is amazing,” said Celucci. “Within minutes of launching to our existing client base we exceeded a $20,000 monthly purse as a result of less than a dozen dealers claiming their territory.

Through the month of April territories will continue to get claimed. May 1 is when the site will be unveiled and launched ready to deliver leads.

For more information and to sign up and claim your territory, visit http://www.uvsjunction.com/pages/pool%20to%20rule or call Celucci at (407) 359-8878.

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Patton on Learning Center Board, 3 Re-elected

March 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) board has re-elected three members to the RV Learning Center board and elected a fourth to fill a vacancy.

According to a press release, Rick Horsey of Parkview RV Center in Smyrna, Del., Steve Plemmons of Bill Plemmons RV in Rural Hall, N.C., and Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center, Hartville, Ohio, all have been re-elected to three year terms on the board.  Russ Patton of Byerly RV, in Eureka, Mo., was elected to his first three-year term.

The election took place during the RVDA board meeting in Fairfax, Va., March 18-20, based on recommendations made by the Executive Committee of the RV Learning Center. New on the board, Patton is a long-time supporter of the RV Learning Center. Horsey is a former RVDA and RV Learning Center chairman and Plemmons served on the RVDA board.

Pastore, RV Learning Center chairman, noted, “Service on this important board is a privilege for all of us, and I am proud to continue working alongside Rick and Steve. And we all feel honored to have Russ Patton join us, bringing his strong commitment to education and professional development for our industry. This board is a hardworking and visionary group and I look forward to working with them.”

The RV Learning Center is supported by dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and other RV industry members who are committed to dealership education and the high levels of customer service that is provided by educated employees. Click Here to download a contribution form.

 

The RV Learning Center is dedicated to providing dealers and their employees with innovative ways to operate RV dealerships through an array of education resources including publications, distance learning, live workshops, online products, training, and certification programs for RV dealership personnel.   Visit www.rvlearningcenter.com for more information.

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