At the March 5 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Annual Meeting in Palms Springs, Calif., the board approved the recommendation of the China Committee to establish an RVIA office in China.
According to a press release, the office would coordinate the association’s efforts to work with Chinese governmental agencies and the country’s developing RV and campground industries to remove regulatory barriers impeding the U.S. RV industry’s growth in China.
In other actions, the RVIA board:
• Voted to decrease the RVIA seal fee from the current rate of $18 to $17, effective April 1, with the fee applying to all member manufacturer vehicle types. The Go RVing new unit assessment remains at the current levels of $46 for folding camping trailers and truck campers, $61 for travel trailers and fifth-wheels, and $74 for motorhomes.
• Selected the Hotel Viking in Newport, R.I., to host the September board meeting, scheduled for Sept. 26-29.
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members are preparing to convene March 4-9 in Palms Springs, Calif., for the association’s 2012 Annual Meeting at the Ranchos Las Palmas resort.
“RVIA’s annual meeting is an ideal venue for our members to become more involved in the association and to participate in the discussions addressing both industry challenges and individual concerns,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “This year’s event will feature a combination of committee meetings, seminars, presentations and networking events that will provide information and ideas to help members plan for 2012 and beyond.”
A full schedule of informative meetings, educational seminars and festive social events is on tap for attendees. Highlighting the business portion of the annual meeting is the RV Manufacturer/Supplier Forum on March 7, featuring informational seminars from several speakers focusing on topical marketing, economic and political issues.
RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting, taking place March 8, will offer comprehensive briefings on association activities from key officials, including RVIA Chairman Gregg Fore, RVIA Treasurer Derald Bontrager, RVIA President Richard Coon, Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. Keynote speaker Hans-Karl Sternberg, secretary general of the European Caravan Federation, will provide insight on the increasingly global nature of the RV industry and a look at the state of Europe’s RV market.
Several RVIA committees are also scheduled to meet during the meeting, including the executive committee and board of directors on March 5; the China, public relations and national show committees on March 6; and the annual meeting committee on March 8. Social events on the agenda include the chairman’s reception and dinner on March 8, a golf tournament on March 7 and several receptions.
Sponsors for the annual meeting include: Bank of the West; Cummins Power Generation; Dicor Corp.; Fabric Services/Abercrombie Textiles; Forest River Inc.; Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.; Jayco Inc.; Kentucky Exposition Center; Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau; Richloom Fabrics; RVT.COM; Spartan Motors Inc.; Thor Industries Inc.; and TRA Certification.
“This is going to be a fantastic event thanks in large part to the financial contributions of these companies,” said Coon. “We are very appreciative of their generous support.”
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has booked a slate of compelling speakers for its Annual Meeting, taking place March 4–9 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs, CA. The group includes a leader of the European RV industry, a social media guru, a noted economic expert, and an acclaimed political pundit.
Hans-Karl Sternberg, Secretary General of the European Caravan Federation (ECF), will deliver the keynote address at RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting, taking place the morning of March 8. He will detail the current status of the European RV market and examine how the industry is becoming increasingly more global in nature.
In addition, Jared Hamilton, Todd Buchholz and Charlie Cook will offer their remarks at the RV Manufacturer/Supplier Forum being held on March 7. “These seminars are the centerpieces of the forum and will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers on issues that are very topical for the industry,” said RVIA’s Mike Hutya, vice president of meetings and shows.
Hamilton, founder and CEO of DrivingSales.com, will provide practical information and best practices for implementing an impactful social media program. He will focus on how social media is changing marketing and examine online reputation management, content generation and management, and building friends and knowledge.
Todd Buchholz is a former director of economic policy at the White House, an award-winning economics professor at Harvard, contributing editor at Worth magazine, and commentator for ABC News, PBS, CBS and CNBC. He will provide an economic outlook for the coming year.
Charlie Cook, one of the nation’s most trusted and respected authorities on U.S. elections and political trends, has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of the best political handicappers in the nation.” He is editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a columnist for the National Journal. Cook will provide an insider’s look at the Washington political scene and what he anticipates happening in the November elections.
Registration is now open for RVIA’s 2012 Annual Meeting, which provides members numerous opportunities to learn about association activities, attend educational seminars, and interact with business colleagues at fun-filled social events. There are several registration categories and discounts for those registering by February 6, 2012. For more information or to register, contact RVIA’s Meetings Department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305.
Registration is now open for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 2012 Annual Meeting, taking place March 4-9 at Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Springs, Calif. According to an article in RVIA Today Express, the event provides members numerous opportunities to learn about association activities, attend educational seminars and interact with business colleagues.
“RVIA’s annual meeting is a perfect opportunity for members to become more involved in the association and participate in addressing both industry challenges and individual concerns,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “This year’s event will feature a combination of committee meetings, seminars, presentations and networking events that will provide information and ideas to help members plan for 2012 and beyond.”
The event kicks off with meetings of the RVIA Executive Committee and board on March 5. The following day, the association’s China, public relations, and national show committees will convene for meetings. RVIA will host a welcome reception that evening for attendees.
On March 7, an alumni breakfast is scheduled to honor retired members of the association’s board attending the event. There will also be a series of entertaining, informative seminars throughout the morning, including sessions on social media from acclaimed speaker Jared Hamilton; the economic outlook from noted economist Todd Buchholz; and the political environment from Washington insider Charlie Cook. A golf tournament is scheduled in the afternoon.
RVIA will host its annual membership meeting on March 8. This program will feature remarks by Hans-Karl Sternberg, secretary general of the European Caravan Federation (ECF), on the current status of the European RV market and the outlook for 2012. There will also be reports on association activities from key officials including RVIA Chairman Gregg Fore and Coon. The day will also include a meeting of the Annual Meeting committee in the afternoon and the Chairman’s reception and dinner that evening.
Recently renovated, Rancho Las Palmas is a conference resort nestled in the heart of Rancho Mirage, at the base of the San Jacinto Mountain Range in the Coachella Valley. It offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities stretched across 41,000 square feet of conference space.
RVIA is encouraging members to join industry colleagues at the 2012 Annual Meeting. There are several registration categories and discounts for those registering by Feb. 6. Brochures with complete details were sent to members in late December. For more information, contact RVIA’s meetings department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305.