Ventura Ranch Named KOA’s 2014 ‘Rising Star’

November 22, 2013 by · Comments Off on Ventura Ranch Named KOA’s 2014 ‘Rising Star’ 

With two ziplines, a climbing wall, many deluxe cabins and a soon-to-be-opened resort swimming pool, the Ventura Ranch, California KOA was a natural selection as Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) 2014 Rising Star Award winner, according to KOA.

The KOA Rising Star Award is presented to a campground owner who has been in the KOA North American system for less than five years, and in that short time has exhibited all of the traits of a seasoned campground professional.

The Ventura Ranch KOA, owned by business partners Scott Cory and Steven Bitter, has quickly become a jewel of the 486-campground KOA system. It was one of the featured campgrounds in the KOA episode of “Undercover Boss€” on CBS in January, 2013.

Cory has been referred to as the “€œWalt Disney of Camping” for his vision when it comes to planning and executing new campground features.

The 75-acre campground is surrounded by fragrant lemon orchards, and also features a jumping pillow, a creek with “Bigfoot’€™s Watering Hole,” a pedal car racetrack and miles of nature trails. There’s even a flock of wild peacocks that call the campground home.

“€œIt’€™s so important that we listen to our guests,” Cory said in explaining Ventura Ranch KOA’€™s success. “€œThey will tell us what they like and don’€™t like, and we’€™ll build upon those comments.” Cory said KOA’€™s system of gathering camper feedback is crucial to his success as an owner.

“€œThis award is so well deserved by Scott and Steve,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “€œThey are constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to what campers will see next. They’ve taken what was a campground in disrepair and turned it into a thriving business.”

KOA is celebrating its 51st Anniversary in 2013. KOA, the world’s largest network of family-friendly campgrounds with 486 locations in North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962.


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