The RV Dealers Association Convention/Expo is expecting to see more dealers next week for its annual event at Bally’s in Las Vegas.
RVDA President Phil Ingrassia on Thursday said the organization received more preregistrations for the event than for the 2014 event. About 1,800 people have signed up.
The convention kicks off Monday with the popular Vendor Training +Plus sessions, that continue Tuesday. These sessions allow vendors, suppliers and insurance/finance companies to meet with dealers and discuss their product offerings.
“We have more Vendor Training +Plus sessions scheduled than we’ve ever had,” Ingrassia said. “These offer a real deep dive into the products that are being offered.”
The General Session event Tuesday afternoon features author Scott McKain helping dealers get ideas about how to take a successful business and make it even better.
“He’s going to have some great information,” Ingrassia said. “One of the things is that everybody has had a fairly good year. But the recession isn’t that distant a memory for everybody. McKain’s going to talk about not getting complacent and pushing the industry forward.”
The Expo hall opens Tuesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. and then is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.Thursday.
Ingrassia said the expo also will be larger this year, having added some 30 exhibitors.
“With the RV industry growing like it is, it’s good to see more people getting interested in doing business with dealers,” Ingrassia said.
Education sessions get going Wednesday, with seven different tracks available. A set of F&I classes has been re-established this year, and the sessions for young executives also have been expanded. The young executives program, now in its third year, attracted 60 people in preregistrations.
Both the RVDA and RVDA of Canada will hold their annual meetings on Wednesday. Ingrassia said the U.S. meeting will focus on compliance issues, the Department of Labor’s overtime rules, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau developments and other advocacy issues important to the industry.