The LinkedIn group for the Mike Molino RV Learning Center/RV Dealers International Convention/Expo has surpassed the 1,000 member mark. According to a press release, the group includes professionals from RV dealerships, manufacturers, campgrounds, media outlets, suppliers, finance and insurance institutions, and other segments of the industry.
Group members have access to a network of industry professionals for sharing information and finding news about educational opportunities, jobs, and industry outlook. Management and moderation for the group is provided by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada staff. To join the group, click here.
“Online communities like our LinkedIn group are an important dimension for professionals interested in staying current in their field, maintaining professional relationships, learning about topics that impact their careers,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “As our membership in this group continues to grow, it provides a richer networking experience and greater opportunities for the participants.”
Eleonore Hamm, RVDA of Canada president, added, “It is wonderful to see the LinkedIn group reach this milestone. This online tool enables RV industry professionals to receive valuable information regarding the programs and services offered to them, as well as strengthening partnerships with like-minded professionals.”
Recent group discussion topics have included the announcement of the revamped RV Technician Certification Prep Course, best practices in social media and online sales, damage estimation, and the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. Members can post discussion topics comment on other posts.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 250 million registered users. It allows members to build their professional presence online, connect with colleagues and learn and share information with others in their fields of interest.
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. For more information go towww.rvlearningcenter.com
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada has donated $25,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, according to a press release.
The contribution, combined with prior donations totaling $150,000 in Canadian dollars puts RVDA of Canada in the Major Donor category, which is the highest level. For a list of current donors, go to the contributor list.
“We truly value the partnership we have with RVDA and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center,” stated Eleonore Hamm, president of RVDA of Canada. “Our board unanimously approved this additional contribution as the quality education and training programs offered through the Center are of great importance to our membership.”
“The RV Learning Center is a tremendous asset to all dealers in North America,” said Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “This significant donation by RVDA of Canada shows how much Canadian dealers value education for our industry. I commend them for their strong show of support. We can do so much more working together.”
The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is considered one of the most important education and networking event for RV dealers in North America. The Learning Center’s two most popular publications among Canadian dealers are the “Service Management Guide” (often referred to the “flat rate manual”) and the “Damage Repair Estimator.” These publications and more are available through the RV Learning Center.
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center, in collaboration with online marketing firm KPA, will host a timely webinar for California dealers on Thursday (Dec. 19) at noon EST focusing on the latest employment laws going into effect for 2014.
According to a press release, the webinar is targeted for dealer principals, general managers, HR managers and all compliance staff. It begins at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. To register click here.
Employment law counsel John Boggs will lead the webinar entitled, “California does it again: 2014 Attack on Dealers.” He will discuss all the pertinent regulatory changes dealers can look forward to in the year ahead. Boggs is the managing partner of Fine, Boggs and Perkins LLP and has extensive experience focusing on employment law representing dealerships. A significant portion of his practice involves dealer-related issues.
The RV Assistance Corporation (RVAC) has donated an additional $7,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, bringing its total contribution to $38,000. According to a press release, RVAC is the for-profit subsidiary of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association RVDA that develops member benefits for the association.
“When our members use RVDA-endorsed business products and services, they enable RVAC to support the important educational resources of the RV Learning Center,” said RVAC Chairman Tom Stinnett of Derby City RV in Clarksville, Ind. “This is an important way that RVAC programs help dealers, by reinvesting in high quality continuing education that keeps pace with changes in the industry.”
“RVAC’s support helps the Learning Center continue to give dealers the educational resources they need to continue to prosper,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ojio. “As we near the end of the year, it is an ideal time to think about giving back to an industry that has been very good to many of us. A tax-deductible contribution to the RV Learning Center is a great way for us to invest in our business and in the industry.”
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.
Protective Asset Protection, a division of Protective Life Insurance Co., made its annual commitment to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, bringing its total support to $161,162. The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) has exclusively endorsed Protective’s XtraRide service agreement since 1992.
“This is another major demonstration of support for the RV Learning Center from one of the RV industry’s leading companies,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio, in a press release. “Protective and its agents have consistently championed continuing education and training. This financial contribution comes at a critical time for the RV Learning Center as it works to provide education resources for dealership personnel.”
“Protective and our agency representatives are dedicated to providing the best possible service to RV dealers and their customers,” said Bill Koster, vice president of Recreation Vehicle and Specialty Products for Protective, who also serves on the RV Learning Center board as secretary/treasurer. “The RV Learning Center helps the entire RV industry prosper by providing employee certification and training in critical areas that improve customer satisfaction and dealer profitability.”
The XtraRide service agreement is backed by Lyndon Property Insurance Co. (a Protective Life Insurance subsidiary) in all states except New York, where the product is backed by Old Republic Insurance Company. An RVDA-endorsed product or service is one that has been extensively evaluated by the RVDA to assure quality, dependability and overall value. RVDA and the RV Learning Center receive compensation from Protective Asset Protection for business generated by RV dealers.
Dealers seeking to improve their in-house training or to create an effective program will benefit from a webinar from the Mike Molino RV Learning Center on Dec. 12 at noon EST. According to a press release, the one-hour session will help dealers create a high quality program that fits the needs of their facility.
The free webinar is made possible through a strategic partnership between KPA and the RV Learning Center. Register by clicking here.
KPA’s Training Convent Developer Laura Payette will identify five key steps to creating an effective program and outline the value that training offers to a dealership. The webinar will guide dealers through required training, policies and how to customize a program for a perfect fit.
If unable to attend, register anyway and receive links to the materials for later viewing. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Becky Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org (866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at email@example.com (703) 591-7130.
California-based Pan Pacific RV Centers Inc. has upped its lifetime pledge to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center to $41,500. According to a press release, the recent renaming of the Learning Center provided the kickoff for the annual fundraising campaign to benefit education for RV dealers and staff.
“Jim Shields of Pan Pacific was just honored with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) highest award for service to the organization and the industry, so I don’t think anyone is surprised by this level of commitment. Jim has not just given of his time and talent over the years to improve our industry, he’s taken out the checkbook, too,” said Learning Center Chair Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “This isn’t just about all the zeroes at the end of the lifetime contribution, it’s more about the value of continuing to give over time because education is a need that never goes away. Pan Pacific RV Centers is on our list of ‘Legacy Donors’ who first made dealership education a priority, and they’re also on the list of current donors, continuing to make a difference in our industry.”
Shields noted, “Education continues to be the single most important thing we as dealers can offer to our employees, that in the end benefits our customers, our dealerships and our industry. The Mike Molino education foundation is the best investment you can make in your future as a dealer.”
Names of other recent contributors are listed on the RV Learning Center’s website. Donations to the RV Learning Center fund programs including webinars on current topics, training and certification for dealership staff, essential publications and learning guides, and the convention/expo. Contributors can make online donations or use a printable form that accommodates customized pledges and scheduled donations as well as lump sum gifts.
A new internet platform and updated curriculum to prepare RV technicians for industry certification and recertification is now available, thanks to the joint efforts of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center.
According to a press release, the new RV Technician Certification Prep program features updated online materials and test preparation resources that reflect the changing needs of the RV industry, which relies on professionally trained and certified technicians to maintain the latest RVs on the road today.
The online program also allows every technician access to individual self-study training and certification preparation for all sections of the RVDA-RVIA RV Certified RV Technician Career Ladder.
The new platform is designed to track, train, and prepare RV technicians at all levels to be able to pass a certification exam or to prepare to be recertified. All content and testing is online and there is no need for other program materials.
“RVIA and RVDA have worked together to develop this new training site for the benefit of all service technicians, dealerships, manufacturers, and suppliers,” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards and education. “This new platform really enhances the accessibility and convenience for techs readying themselves for certification which is vitally important in today’s RV market where there never seems to be any down time. As we are all aware, a well-functioning technician training effort is a key element in the overall health of the RV industry.”
“Certified technicians are in great demand today and this program is designed to help meet that growing need,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “Our industry is on the rebound and this improved program will help technicians successfully navigate the path to certification.”
The goal of the RVDA-RVIA technician certification program is to identify professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to satisfy established, respected standards on RV diagnostic and repair procedures. Technicians must pass a rigorous testing process designed to measure technical competency and recognize those who meet or exceed industry standards.
To register for RV Tech Cert Prep Courses and industry certification, visit www.rvtechnician.com.
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman Jeff Hirsch of Campers Inn of Kingston, Kingston, N.H., wrote a check for $10,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. According to a press release, Hirsch’s contribution kicks off the yearly fundraising campaign to maintain funding for affordable, high quality education for RV dealers and staff.
Hirsch presented the check during the RVDA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, the day after the Learning Center was renamed in honor of Mike Molino.
“Let’s start the ball rolling for the Mike Molino RV Learning Center fundraising efforts,” he said, presenting a check to Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “I am sure this will be the first of many you’ll receive.”
“I am confident this grand gesture by Jeff Hirsch will get the ball rolling for this year’s fundraising campaign,” said Pastore. “As usual, Jeff is leading by example, with both generosity and enthusiasm. I can only encourage our industry to follow his lead.”
Names of other recent contributors are listed on the RV Learning Center’s website.
Donations to the RV Learning Center fund programs including webinars on current topics, training and certification for dealership staff, essential publications and learning guides, and the convention/expo. Contributors can make online donations or use a printable form that accommodates customized pledges and scheduled donations as well as lump sum gifts.
For more information go to www.rvlearningcenter.com.
Jeff Pastore, chairman of the RV Learning Center Board of Directors, announced a name change to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) RV Learning Center Wednesday (Oct. 2) during the opening general session of the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas.
The center has been renamed in honor of Mike Molino, RVDA’s longest-serving CEO. Molino was president of RVDA from 1996 to 2012. “The Mike Molino RV Learning Center” honors Molino’s groundbreaking leadership in promoting continuing education and educational opportunities for dealers and their staffs.
“Working with RVDA dealer leaders and other industry partners, Mike was the driving force behind a number of initiatives at RVDA that continue today — including public affairs advocacy, industry relations, and Go RVing,” Pastore said in a news release. “But what really stands out for many of us is Mike’s unwavering commitment to and leadership in continuing education.”
Molino, working with volunteer leaders, began the RVDA Education Foundation — which later became the RV Learning Center. He was also instrumental in creating certification programs for fixed-operations staff and the partnership with RVIA for the tech cert prep program.
The Mike Molino 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.
For more information on the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, visit www.rvlearningcenter.com.