Industry Insites – November 2014

43 Years…..Moving On On September 30, 2014, I turned over the management of the Virginia Campground Association to Derek Dick, a former ARVC staffer now living in Virginia. With that, I concluded 43 years in the association management world. Over those years, I’ve been associated with the American Jewish Congress, the American National Metric Council, ...

Industry Insites – September 2014

Jayne Cohen Joins DGA as Senior Consulting Associate I’m really pleased to announce that Jayne Cohen has become affiliated with DGA as a Senior Consulting Associate with a specialty in park operations and marketing. Jayne has over 35 years of hospitality and customer service experience. She and her family owned a large and very successful ...

Industry Insites – August 2014

Go RVing…..and Camping In recent weeks, a series of meetings and articles have led me to now propose in all seriousness that it is time for the RV manufacturers, dealers and campgrounds to get together and broaden the focus of Go RVing to include camping. Imagine, a Go RVing…..and Camping campaign that stands as the ...

Industry InSites July 2014

Competition Heats Up Over the years, independent park owners that comprised much of the industry prided themselves on their openness and willingness to share information and experiences with other owners or new comers. This spirit of cooperation was a hallmark of the industry for many years. A rising tide – better operated campgrounds – would ...

Industry InSites

The other morning Marcus Lamonis joined me for my morning cup of coffee. Not literally, but with Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today show, there was Mr. Lamonis (ML) chatting with Matt and interviewing 2 small business owners both looking for capital to help build their businesses. Business 1 was a couple with a new barbeque ...

Industry InSites

As I write this column on February 10th, we’re slightly more than halfway through the winter. And a tough winter’s it’s been certainly for the middle and northern tiers of the country. For the southern tier across California, Arizona, Texas and Florida it’s been pretty good – not great but way more better than up ...

Build New vs. Buy Old

For some time, I’ve been on my soap box talking about the need for new product in the campground and RV park business. Why are there so few new parks being built? What’s the attraction to buying older parks and trying to modernize them to meet today’s consumer desires? Well, the last two weeks or ...

Campground Management Myths Debunked – Part 2

Last month’s column featured 5 popular campground management myths and this month we continue that conversation with 5 other myths that seem to be particularly popular these days.  And once again, my thanks to colleague Evanne Schmarder for sharing some of her campground management myths. As always, reader contributions are encouraged.  Are there other campground ...

RV Park Industry Trends – 2013 in Review

David Gorin produces an annual assessment of business trends impacting the park industry. He shared his 2013 findings at the Campground Owners of New York (CONY) annual Exposition at his seminar, “Trends to Watch in the Park Business: Where the Business is Headed.”  

People of the Park Business: An Interview with Mark Douglass

People Who Make Things Happen in the Park Business The plan is to each month share the thoughts, ideas and wisdom of people who influence RVers, manufacturers, RV dealers, park owners and others with active interests in the park business. I hope you find these interviews interesting and invite your feedback and suggestions to improve ...
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