Ian Moore of Big Boy’s Toys in Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, was presented with the prestigious 2013 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.
According to a press release, Moore was presented the award Monday (Dec. 2) at the Canada Night Dinner in Louisville, Ky., in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 51st Annual National RV Trade Show.
Moore accepted the award while surrounded by friends and colleagues at the event held by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and presented by RV Lifestyle Magazine.
The award is presented to a candidate who has:
• Demonstrated long-term dedication to the RV industry and promotion of the RV lifestyle by the acting dealer principal of a recognized full service RV dealership.
• Shown commitment and participation in the RVDA at the provincial or national level.
• Been recognized by customers and peers as a person with the highest integrity and credibility in both work and personal life.
• Made a contribution to their community.
Moore’s enthusiasm for the RV industry, his pride and integrity as well as his passion and commitment have made him an ideal recipient of the prestigious 2013 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award, according to RVDA of Canada.
Along with Moore, nominees for this year’s award included:
• Herb Cowen, Pike Lake Golf & RV, Clifford, Ontario.
• Kyle Redmond, Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta.
• Terry Rumple, Glenwood RV Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Dealer News will present the 2013 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award during this year’s Canada Night on Dec. 2 at the Galt House Hotel as part of the upcoming Louisville Show.
This year’s nominees include: Ian Moore of Big Boy’s Toys, Kyle Redmond of Bucars RV Centre, Terry Rumpel of Glenwood RV Centre and Herb Cowen of Pike Lake Golf Centre. According to a press release, all have demonstrated tremendous dedication and leadership in their business and in the community.
To register for the event click here. Cost is $65 per person prior to Nov. 25 or $85 at the door. A cocktail reception will start at 5:50 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
The following offers a brief bio on the four candidates for the Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award:
Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toy
• Owner and President of Big Boy’s Toys.
• Involved in family RV business since 1998; 15-year veteran.
• Served on RVDA of BC Board in various capacities.
• Current Past Chairman of RVDA of Canada Board.
• Supports Scouts Canada, Canadian Cancer Society’s Wishful Thinking Foundation & Relay For Life, Royal Legion Poppy Fund.
• Active supporter of annual food drive for local food bank and community literacy.
Kyle Redmond, Bucars RV Centre
• General manager of Bucars RV Centre.
• Involved with family business since 1989; 24-year veteran.
• Bucars RV Centre is one of the founding members of RVDA of Alberta (1959).
• Served on RVDA of Alberta board from 2007 and just finished tenure as president.
• Current Chairman of RVDA of Canada.
• Supports Rotary Club of Calgary, Young Canadians of Calgary Stampede, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and local community groups providing medical care and housing support.
Terry Rumpel, Glenwood RV Centre
• Involved with RVDA of Saskatchewan since 1996.
Served on all positions on the RVDA of Saskatchewan board, including director, 1999-2000; treasurer, 2001-2007, 2008 – present; president, 2007;
• Avid supporter of Make A Wish Foundation; granted numerous wishes of children ages 3 to 17 going on family camping trips.
Herb Cowen, Pike Lake Golf Centre
• 30-year RV industry veteran.
• Pike Lake Golf Centre started as an RV dealership and gradually expanded to inclusion of campground and golf course.
• Served on Ontario RVDA (ORVDA) board in numerous capacities; current past president.
• Hosted CRVA/ORVDA Golf Classic for over 25 years.
• Supports charity golf events benefiting the town of Minto Fire Department.
Kyle Redmond of Bucars RV Centre in Balzac, Alberta, has been elected as the new chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.
According to a press release, Bucars RV Centre is a family owned and operated RV dealership that “prides itself in providing quality products and services for RV enthusiasts.” Redmond has been involved with Bucars RV Centre since the Redmond family purchased the dealership in 1989 and on a full-time basis since 1998.
“I am really very honored to have been elected by my peers as the new chairman of the RVDA of Canada,” said Redmond. “I look forward to further advancing our members’ positions regarding the critical issues that face RV dealers and the industry today.”
Redmond was born in Calgary and has lived there for most of his life. He started working in the RV industry in the summer of 1989 in the service department of the dealership owned by his parents. Through the years, Kyle has worked at just about every job in the dealership, from washing RVs and renting tent trailers during the summers to service manager and now general manager.
Redmond earned a bachelors in physics from the University of Montana and worked in the oil industry for a few years before returning to his family roots. With his father, Bill Redmond, retired, he and his brother, Jeff, share the responsibility of running the business. With the increased volume of sales the dealership moved to a much larger location in Balzac in 2006, just outside of Calgary.
Redmund has served on the board of the RVDA of Alberta as a director, has chaired the Calgary RV Show Committee and is also the current president of the RVDA of Alberta.
Other officers for the 2013-2014 year are:
• Vice Chairman George Goodrick, Adventure Sports Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
• Treasurer Sam Parks, Camp-Out RV Ltd., Stratford, Ontario
• Past Chairman Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toys, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.
RVDA of Canada’s current board members are:
• Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Lantzville, British Columbia.
• Marty Vellner, Vellner Leisure Products, Red Deer, Alberta.
• Darren Gelowitz, Village RV, Regina, Saskatchewan.
• Jim Gorrie, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
• Jean-Francois Lussier, Horizon Lussier, Marieville, Quebec.
• Bruce Marsh, Cape Breton Trailer Sales, Bras d’Or, Nova Scotia.
• Jonathan Stone, Stone’s RV Centre, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
The leadership of the U.S. Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada have announced a pivotal decision to move their annual convention — the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo — to an early November timetable and to another Las Vegas casino from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino where they’ve held their annual show for a decade.
RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch and RVDA of Canada Chairman Ian Moore informed their respective memberships Wednesday (Oct. 2) during the opening general session of the 2013 Con/Expo.
“It is a challenge to make changes to an event that has proved to be as successful as the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo,” said Hirsch, president of New Hampshire-based Campers Inn. “But, as the RV business matures and changes, so have we. Through the state representatives on the Board of Delegates, we heard the message loud and clear that early October was not the best time for our convention. Most of us are still trying to ring the cash register.
“As a result, dealers can’t bring some of their valued employees who would truly benefit from this convention experience.”
So, Moore reported, the new schedule for future conventions, which is designed to give dealers more of a chance to take advantage of the October market and more of a break after Elkhart’s September Open House, looks something like this:
• 2014: Week of Nov. 9
• 2015: Week of Nov. 1
• 2016: Week of Nov. 6
• 2017: Week of Nov. 7
Meanwhile, the Con/Expo will move to 2,800-room Bally’s Las Vegas, another Ceasar’s property that offers more of a high-profile location on the Vegas Strip as well as a simple chance to change the game, so to speak. A room block will also be available at Caesar’s Paris Las Vegas.
“In Canada,” said Moore, “we heard from many members that they enjoy the Las Vegas experience, but after a decade at the same hotel, it’s time to go somewhere else — with a strong preference for a Las Vegas strip location. So with that input, your RVDA leaders had to work together to figure out the next phase for our joint RVDA-RVDA of Canada Convention.”
Does this present yet another obstacle for those in the industry who had entertained the idea of an all-industry convention week in which manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and dealers could all participate? That’s how it appears, at least for the next few years.
“Over the past year we’ve had many discussions on an all-industry event with industry stakeholders,” said Hirsch. “These discussions continue. We are in the discovery stage to determine feasibility in a co-located event. But there are many considerations.
“Many of you have spoken,” he continued. “There are strong opinions about having an independent event designed by dealers, for dealers. There are financial considerations for RVDA, RVDA of Canada and any partners. And finally, the jam-packed schedule at this convention and other events makes planning activities for an all-industry gathering a formidable task.”
Weighing all options, said Moore, owner of Big Boys Toys, Nanoose Bay, B.C., the two trade associations were pleased to make this rather surprising announcement. “It secures RVDA’s preferred dates in an extremely competitive environment for meetings here in Las Vegas,” he concluded.
The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada expressed approval over the government’s recent announcement that it will be freezing employment insurance (EI) rates for the next three years.
“This is precisely the kind of policies we need to provide certainty to business and to help secure the economic recovery,” said Eleonore Hamm, RVDA president, in a press release. “That Finance Minister Jim Flaherty chose to make such an important announcement at an RVDA member’s store illustrates the impact it will have on our own sector and the important role it plays in the overall economic recovery.”
EI premiums for employees and employers will be frozen at current levels until 2017. This will save firms and workers hundreds of millions of dollars annually that can be reinvested back into businesses and spent by consumers.
“RVDA applauds Minister Flaherty on two fronts: the money this announcement will save our members and their employees, and the certainty it provides on one of the largest costs businesses face in Canada,” concluded Hamm.
According to a press release, the meeting will convene in conjunction with the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, set to convene Oct. 3 from 9:45-11 a.m.
Peak will examine the turmoil in the financial and credit markets in recent times and how business owners need to respond moving forward. The presentation will explore issues related to capital markets, foreign exchange and the measures that can affect the success of businesses.
The RVDA of Canada annual assembly will also includes a brief report on current association activities and programs, and reviews key association initiatives undertaken over the past year. According to the release, “the meeting is also a great opportunity to meet the RVDA of Canada Board and staff, as well as to network with your fellow Canadian participants.
Thirteen new speakers are confirmed for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. According to a press release, five new presenters are in the Sales Track alone.
Sales professionals attending track workshops will spend two days learning about effective ways to use new technology, how to reach consumers who increasingly rely on digital advertising, how to build solid relationships with consumers and close sales on the show floor. There will also be information about recent trends and best practices in sales, including a rundown of what works today — and what doesn’t.
The event takes place Sept. 30–Oct. 4 in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The convention is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center. The theme is “Education: Your Competitive Advantage,” and the program has been broadened and enriched to include more education for more staff.
These Sales Track workshops offer RV sales professionals the opportunity to learn new techniques and tactics from internationally recognized speakers, making this a “can’t miss” event for those who want to close more sales. In addition to the five new sales presenters, this year’s topics are also new, reflecting the rapid advances of technology and putting into context the latest data about today’s consumers.
New for 2013 Sales Track presenters chosen by the Convention/Expo Committee include:
• Pierre Trudel, a Canadian marketing consultant with 25 years marketing experience who teachers at the University of Montreal’s world renowned business school.
• Gary McGugan of NEEDS Selling Solutions, sales consultant and business executive.
• Paul Webb of Paul Webb Training.
• Barry Siskind, a globally recognized consumer show sales consultant.
• David Nelson of VitalSmart, consultant, entrepreneur and international trainer.
Workshop titles range from “Advanced Business Communications” to “Double Your Sales” to “The Science of Leading Change.” In addition to the five new sales presenters confirmed thus far, Roger Vergara, who has spoken at prior RVDA Conventions, has been confirmed to speak this year about digital advertising. Additional speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks. For a full listing of all workshops, including schedules and detailed descriptions, go to the RVDA website.
The convention will provide relevant learning opportunities for dealers and key members of their staff. In addition to Sales, tracks are in place for Dealer/GMs, and Parts and Service Managers. The 2013 convention will also feature an exhibit hall filled with the RV industry’s top companies offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability.
Companies interested in Vendor Training +plus, partnership opportunities, sponsorships, and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada, in conjunction with Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Camping Canada’s Dealer News, is inviting nominations from across Canada for the 2013 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.
According to a press release, the deadline for submission is July 31. Click here to download the nomination form and guidelines.
The award was established in 1989 by Camping Canada and dedicated to Walter Paseska for his many years of commitment and tireless dedication to the RV industry. The honor is given to a Canadian RV acting dealer principal on the basis of the following criteria:
• Longterm dedication to the RV industry and promotion of the RV lifestyle by the acting dealer principal of a recognized full-service RV dealership.
• Commitment and participation in the RVDA of Canada at the provincial or national level.
• Recognition by customers and peers as a person with the highest integrity and credibility in both work and personal life.
• Contribution to the community.
A maximum of three candidates per province/region will be considered for the award. The Award Selection Committee, composed of the past five Dealer of the Year Award recipients and one representative from the award’s sponsor, Camping Canada, chooses the winner(s) from the list of nominees by secret ballot.
Camping Canada will present this year’s Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award at the Canada Night Dinner in Louisville, Ky., being held on Dec. 2.
The winner(s) will be acknowledged in several ways:
• An etched glass award for the recipient(s).
• A profile story on the dealership in RV Lifestyle magazine and Dealer News.
• Presentation of a professionally-taken photograph of the recipient to the dealership.
• A paid announcement in their local paper(s).
• Creation of press releases and a press kit for the dealer to send to local media, to national and regional media, and to manufacturers, along with instructions for use by the dealer.
Nomination materials can be mailed, faxed or emailed as a pdf to:
RVDA of Canada
Ste. 204 – 6411 Buswell St.
Richmond, BC V6Y 2G5
Tel: (604) 718.6325
Fax: (604) 204.0154
For additional information, contact Eleonore Hamm at the RVDA of Canada, (604) 718-6325 or email@example.com, or Jo-Ann Searls at RV Lifestyle Magazine/Camping Canada at (905) 624-8218.
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and RVDA of British Columbia will participate in the 2013 Skills Canada competition in Vancouver from June 5-8 at BC Place.
Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country, according to a press release.
Every year, the event brings together over 550 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and advisers, to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas. The main goals of this event are to provide competitors with hands-on work experience and to raise awareness for the general population of the value of and challenge in skilled trades and technology careers.
RVDA of Canada noted that while consumers are rapidly adopting the RV lifestyle, the RV service technician trade is still little known to the general public.
RVDA of Canada will have a Try-A-Trade & Technology booth, which will feature multiple trade stations and a career booth right on the competition floor for students, parents, teachers and anyone interested in experiencing and learning more about the trade and career opportunities.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eleonore Hamm at (604) 718-6325 for more details.
The RVDA of Canada board is meeting in Ottawa today (April 15) advocating on several issues affecting the RV industry. The board meeting will be followed by the now traditional reception with members of parliament and other senior officers, local dealers and campground operators, and Tourism Canada representatives.
Tomorrow, a Press Conference will be held. In addition, board members, dealers and campground operators will team up in pairs to meet a multitude of MPs, senior government officials and others on issues of concern to the RV industry. Typically, 40 such meetings are held.
Initiatives to be discussed include a dedicated investment in tourism policies to support the RV and campground industries as part of a comprehensive Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) framework. Recommendations by RVDA of Canada include:
• The CTC should include particular messaging to target markets where RV rentals are being offered in Canada. Promotion should gear towards a different way and a new experience to discover Canada.
• The government of Canada should provide targeted and dedicated investment in camping/RV infrastructure in Canada’s National Parks. Investing in camping/RV infrastructure will play a critical role in the overall contributions of the tourism industry to future economic development and prosperity.
The TVDA of Canada will also address cross-border needs for the RV industry. Recommendations include:
• In order to ensure the safe operation and use of all RVs across Canada, countrywide certification — on an equal level playing field – must be implemented for all used imports for consumers, as well as retailers.
• Through this national standard, the inspection process will be conducted through a secure and legitimate source, ensuring consumer and dealer safety across the country. This measure would help alleviate improper safety checks conducted by non-licensed facilities, and avoid compromising the safety of Canadians.
• Duties on aftermarket RV parts and add-ons should be reduced to zero. Currently duties range between seven and 18 percent.
Advocacy initiatives also include input on the federal budget. When the 2013 federal budget RVDA of Canada will issue an update to dealers on new or updated policies that could affect their business.