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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 

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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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