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RVAC Donates $7,000 to Molino Learning Center

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Convenient online donations as well as a printable form that accommodates customized pledges and donations have simplified giving. For more information go to www.rvlearningcenter.com.

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Protective Renews Learning Center Commitment

December 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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Webinar to Address ‘Effective In-House Training’

December 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 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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Pan Pacific RV Adds to Learning Center Pledge

November 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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RVIA, Learning Center Relaunch Tech Program

October 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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Jeff Hirsch Donates $10K to RV Learning Center

October 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Hirsch (R) hands check to Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore

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.

 

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RV Learning Center Renamed to Honor Molino

October 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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Ron & Lisa Fenech Give $5K to Learning Center

September 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ron and Lisa Fenech upped their personal donation to the RV Learning Center by $5,000 last month. According to a press release, this brings the couple’s total lifetime contribution to $55,000.

Ron Fenech is a former Thor Industries Inc. executive and co-owner of startup Grand Design RV Co.

The RV Learning Center’s fundraising campaign allows investment in new technology and upgrades to resources so that learning remains affordable, flexible and relevant for dealers and their staff. Other recent contributors are listed on the RV Learning Center’s website.

“It’s always gratifying to see longtime donors like Ron and Lisa Fenech who continually renew their commitment to the Learning Center,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Ohio. “Affordable education that is up-to-date and professionally administered is keeping our industry growing at a time when many others are not. The Learning Center is fortunate to have far-sighted and generous friends such as the Fenechs.”

Donations to the RV Learning Center help fund several programs, including webinars on current topics, training and certification for dealership staff, essential publications and learning guides, and the Convention/Expo. Donations can be made online by clicking here or by using a printable form that accommodates customized pledges.

The RV Learning Center is supported by dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and other RV industry members committed to dealership education and the high levels of customer service provided by educated employees.

For more information go to www.rvlearningcenter.com.

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Stoltzfus Adds $10K to Learning Center Donation

September 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Earl Stoltzfus of Stoltzfus RV’s & Marine in West Chester, Pa., doubled his lifetime contribution to the RV Learning Center with a $10,000 donation.

According to a press release, contributions to the RV Learning Center keep critical education, training and publications affordable for RV dealers and their staff. The upcoming RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, set for Sept. 30–Oct. 4, is a major educational event sponsored by the RV Learning Center each year.

Names of other recent contributors are listed on the RV Learning Center’s website.

“This generous donation from Earl Stoltzfus says so much about his commitment to education and his belief in our industry,” said RV Learning Center Chairman of the Board Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Ohio. “We all benefit from strong leaders like Earl, who are willing to invest in the future of the RV industry. It’s an example I hope many others will follow.”

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. Convenient online donations as well as a printable form that accommodates customized pledges and donations have simplified giving for 2013.

 

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Free Webinar To Give Dealers Compliance Tips

September 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealerships are subject to regulation from many agencies for environmental, health and safety compliance. A free webinar, presented by the RV Learning Center in partnership with online marketer KPA, will examine how regular training, documentation and inspections can ensure compliance and provide a safe work environment for all employees.

According to a press release, the webinar will be conducted Sept. 5 at noon ET. Register for this free webinar online.

The webinar will cover the following requirements: illness and injury prevention programs; environmental documentation; forklift safety programs; respirator protection programs; and hazard communication. It will be presented by Glorianna Cooley of KPA, a registered environmental manager (REM) and certified safety professional (CSP).

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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