National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds President and CEO Linda Profaizer plans to retire at the end of this year, concluding a 40-year career in the campground business. ARVC’s full board was notified of her retirement plans on Friday.
“There comes a time in everyone’s career when it’s time to step down and move on,” said Profaizer, who has spent 10 years at ARVC’s helm, adding, “The campground business has been a huge part of my life for 40 years – I love it and the people in it. Maybe now I’ll get to enjoy visiting RV parks and campgrounds from the road instead of from the air!”
“I wish Linda nothing but the best, and realize that the most important thing we can do for our membership is to find the most qualified individual to replace her,” said David L. Berg, CPO, ARVC’s chairman. Berg, who co-owns Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine, with his wife, Jane, said he planned to ask the ARVC board for permission to launch a nationwide search for Profaizer’s replacement.
Profaizer was hired as ARVC’s vice-president in 2000 and moved into the position of president/CEO in 2001. Prior to that she served nearly 30 years in management positions with Woodall’s Publications Corp. leaving as the company’s president. She started her career working in public relations for a major teaching hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Berg praised Profaizer’s dedication and work ethic.
“Linda has done an excellent job during her tenure at ARVC,” he said. “When she traveled around this country and was speaking to our members and industry partners, her passion for this industry was obvious. Even when she was on vacation I would get emails from her late into the night and early morning hours. She was always putting the needs of membership first, and now I hope she has the time to relax and enjoy life with her husband, Tony. She certainly has earned it. Linda has dedicated the majority of her life to the camping industry and she will be missed by many.”
Berg said Profaizer has agreed to assist ARVC as needed after a new president and CEO is selected to ensure a smooth transition. “While one chapter may be ending,” he said, “a new opportunity exists for our association and we are going to make the most of it.”