The 2019 RV Dealers Convention/Expo at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas wrapped up on Nov. 15 with its final workshops on compliance issues facing dealers. Convention attendance increased five percent over 2018 with more than 1,700 attendees.
During the U.S. association’s annual meeting, Ron Shepherd of Camperland of Oklahoma was elected 2019 to 2020 RVDA chairman of the board. The association also presented its Titan Award to Duane Spader of the Spader Companies and its James B. Summers Award to Andy Heck of Alpin Haus.
“The event got off to a great start with the Vendor Training Plus+ supplier-led workshops that flowed into an energetic keynote presentation by innovation expert Josh Linkner, which rolled into the management education workshops developed by the RV Learning Center,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “In the Expo, many vendors have picked up on the Repair Event Cycle Time issue and demonstrated solutions that can help get consumers back on the road more quickly when they need service.”
In addition to 31 exhibitor-led Vendor Training +Plus workshops, the event featured six educational tracks covering key aspects of dealer operations, including F&I, eMarketing, business development, fixed operations, sales, rental, and general management issues.
The 2020 RV Dealers Convention/Expo will be held the week of Nov. 9-13 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.