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2021 Florida and Alabama ARVC
Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo
May 11-13, 2021 • Orlando, FL Doubletree Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld
2020 Conference Notice: The Florida and Alabama ARVC 2020 Conference and Expo was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and travel difficulties and concerns. The conference will be rescheduled for May 2021, and will continue with the same great line-up of speakers, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an amazing supplier EXPO. For those who previously registered (as an attendee or exhibitor) for the May 2020 Conference, your registration will automatically transfer. If you have any questions, please call the Florida ARVC office at 850-562-7151. Thank you for your patience and understanding – we are looking forward to getting everyone together for an amazing 2021 reunion and celebration!met, consectetur adipisicing elit. Optio, neque qui velit. Magni dolorum quidem ipsam eligendi, totam, facilis laudantium cum accusamus ullam voluptatibus commodi numquam, error, est. Ea, consequatur.
May 11-13, 2021 • Orlando, FL Doubletree Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld
The 2021 Florida and Alabama ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo will be held in Orlando FL, May 11-13, 2021. The conference is a multi-day event bringing together RV Park and Campground owners, operators, managers, staff, and industry suppliers. This is a must attend event for anyone who is currently in the industry or wanting to get involved. Attendees will be treated to a wide-variety of professional speakers, industry experts, valuable education seminars, networking opportunities, and fun sessions that will improve your business, cut your expenses, promote your park, and motivate and train your staff. And last but not least, the conference features one of the best Supplier Expos in the nation showcasing the top products and services available today for the RV Park and campground industry. You can’t afford to miss this important event. Register Today!
Janine has been featured on every major television network, and appeared on national news shows including: TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, NBC Nightly News, and Fox News @ Night. She can be heard every Thursday morning on Sirius XM’s 60’s on 6 with Phlash Phelps.
In her keynote speech, “Discover Your Mission” – she takes the audience along on her journey. Through stories that are both comical and moving, Stange identifies the pitfalls to goals – and shares four life lessons that helped her navigate through and realize her 50-state goal. Ultimately Janine Stange helps others uncover their own unique life mission and activates them to do what they can, with what they have, where they are.
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While well known as a writer for RV and campground industry publications, Jeff is also a seasoned public relations professional with experience supporting regional and national media relations campaigns for a variety of state and national campground industry associaions as well as the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Jeff is frequently quoted as an expert source on camping by major news organizations because of his extensive travel experience and publicity work on behalf of campground industry associations.
An award-winning journalist prior to founding his PR practice, Jeff knows how to identify and pitch solid news angles to reporters. He has secured story placements for campground industry clients in hundreds of media outlets, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, The Associated Press as well as National Public Radio’s “Marketplace” program. Jeff is also fluent in Spanish and has successfully pitched some of the nation’s best-known Spanish language newspapers and broadcast media.
Prior to launching his independent writing and public relations practice in 2002, Jeff was director of media relations for San Diego, Calif.-based Stoorza Communications. He launched his public relations career in 1998 by serving as public relations manager for United States Filter Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in Palm Desert, California which, at that time, was the largest manufacturer of municipal water treatment systems in the world with operations in more than 90 countries.
As a working journalist, Jeff was employed by three California dailies, including The Press-Enterprise in Riverside; The Desert Sun (Gannett) in Palm Springs; and the Imperial Valley Press in El Centro. He launched his journalism career with United Press International in Los Angeles. He has received business writing and reporting awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Associated Press News Executives Council, Gannett and the Inland Empire Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Jeff holds a double Master of Arts degree in Spanish and Hispanic Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and European Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He studied in Madrid, Spain during his junior year of college. His passions include camping, backpacking, traveling, photography and volunteering as a Spanish language interpreter for U.S. doctors on annual medical humanitarian missions to Central and South America.
Jeff graduated from Reeds Spring High School in 1974 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from College of the Ozarks where he also earned his private pilot’s license. He married his childhood sweetheart, Susie in 1977.
Jeff is a Past Chairman of ARVC and Past President of the following: Missouri Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, Missouri Travel Council, Table Rock Lake / Kimberling City Chamber of Commerce, Reeds Spring Board of Education, Stone County Water Supply District, Vice-President – Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Board Member ARVC National Education Foundation and Stone County Sewer District. He currently serves on the Stone County Planning & Zoning Board.
Jeff received a Congressional appointment to the White House Conference on Travel & Tourism and early in the Clinton Administration was invited to the White House to speak on the impact of mandatory health care on small business.
While he has received numerous awards and was honored by each one, the most humbling one was in 1998 as the recipient of the Stan Martin Memorial Award. This is the highest honor in ARVC and was awarded for his leadership on a local, state, national and international level which included working with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan & the Japanese Ministry of Construction on the classifications of Recreational Vehicles. Jeff also received RVIA’s National Legislative Award in 2016 and was honored with Resolutions by the MO Senate & MO House of Representatives for his work in Washington, D.C.
Jeff’s primary role is to be the eyes and ears of the membership and represent them at state meetings along with developing new state associations and new alliances with related industry partners. He also is responsible for monitoring the ARVC Public Affairs programs and state legislation and regulations. He is a strong advocate of the ARVC Educational Program and believes in “Outdoor Hospitality Excellence through Industry Unity.”
Jeff’s favorite quote is from Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”.
In March 2016, Stephen returned to his computer roots when he co-founded Digital Mark Company, LLC with his wife Trudy. Their company focuses on providing high quality digital marketing services, which includes SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Social Media Management, Business Listings, Website development and consulting for business owners in all industries. They also provide aerial drone video and photography services. Stephen is also an Adjunct Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaching courses in Aeronautical Science and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Stephen holds a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a MS in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. He currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar Association’s 4th Judicial Circuit Grievance Counsel “A” and is Chairman of the North Business Council for the Saint John’s County Chamber of Commerce. Stephen is a musician in his free time and also loves to play golf and spending time with his wife and 4 children on the beaches of Florida and is very active in his Church and the local community.
David has held many roles since joining the park industry in 1987.
David resides on Longboat Key, Florida
Poisson began her industry career as an insurance professional, traveling across the U.S. visiting with campground owners – both branded and independent – assessing their risk and consulting on how to best manage it.
In her position with Kampgrounds of America Inc. Poisson is a Franchise Development Manager, consulting with independent campground owners interested in joining the 524-location KOA system in North America. Kampgrounds of America is the world’s largest system of family friendly campgrounds and is celebrating its 58th year in 2020.
Poisson received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Maine. She holds the OHE designation through the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), a nationally recognized designation for outdoor hospitality industry professionals. She also holds various professional certifications including charter property and casualty underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Advisor in insurance and an Associate’s Degree in Insurance.
On a personal level, David is a former triathlete, former marathon runner, loves Lotus sports cars, sailboat racing and skinny water fishing by kayak and bay boat, recently developed a startup retail import clothing outlet with his wife and enjoys rehabbing properties when there is a good deal out there.
He has been active in AIIM (The Association for Information and Image Management International) for over 35 years, serving at both the local and national level. Bob served as Chairman of the AIIM International Board of Directors from April 2008 through December 2009 and as Immediate Past Chair in 2010. He remains active in the AIIM New England Chapter and served as president in 1981-1982. Bob established the micrographic and digital scanning training program at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston.
Bob is also an author, speaker and association executive in the RV industry. Bob started writing for RV publications in 1996 and has spoken at several industry conferences. He presents keynote speeches to dealers, campgrounds and suppliers. He has been the editor of several industry publications (RV News, Pop-Up Times and RV Enthusiast) and is currently a contributing feature writer with Family Motor Coaching magazine.
Upon leaving “corporate” life, Bob established two consulting companies that provide sales, marketing and management expertise to end-users, dealers, distributors and suppliers.
He has been chosen to lead the reorganization and growth of the New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA) after successfully rescuing the association’s annual consumer show from a series of issues that threatened the very survival of the association and the Boston RV & Camping Expo.
Specialties: Consulting, document management solutions, document management systems, document conversion services, business writing, seminars, keynote speaking engagements, executive management, business and community leader, association executive, RV writer, RV photographer, RV association executive, personal appearances, television and radio.
Come and see the best products and services available to the RV Park and Campground Industry. Over 60 vendors will be exhibiting and will be able to assist you with any questions you may have. There will be many “trade show specials”, so this is a great opportunity to purchase the products you need at exceptional prices. Whether you are ready to buy, or are just planning for the future, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see and meet all the suppliers you need in one room at one time.
Tuesday, May 11th
Board and Committee Meetings
Conference Registration (Majestic Foyer)
Welcome Reception for all attendees and exhibitors (Majestic Foyer and Veranda)
Wednesday, May 12th
Breakfast on your own
Opening Session – “Discover Your Mission” with Janine Stange
Creating Maximum Exposure for Your Park and Raising your PR Profile – Jeff Crider
Keynote Lunch & Presentation: “10 Things Every RV Park Must Do Now to Grow in 2020 & Beyond” featuring Rupesh Patel
RV manufacturing and industry trends, what every RV park owner needs to know – by Bob Zagami
The Importance of Visuals – presented by Nichole Poisson, KOA
Important Legislative & Legal Issues Update and Q&A presented by Marc Dunbar and David Eastman
Group Cracker Barrel and Industry Supplier Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 13th
Annual Meeting Breakfast and guest speakers
10 am-2:00 pm
Make your mark on the digital world – Stephen Hudson, Digital Mark Co.
Understanding the ins and outs of marketing and how to create effective advertising and social media campaigns for your park – Cindy Reynolds, Costa Creative Advertising & Marketing
What’s new and what to expect in the Outdoor Hospitality and RV Industry – David Gorin, Gorin and Cohen Consulting
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