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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

2021 Florida and Alabama ARVC Conference & EXPO

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!

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gain confidence

Attending this conference will take away some of the anxiety you might feel about investing your life savings into a business.

conversation advantage

It will give you an advantage when you have conversations with professionals like bankers, CPA’s, and attorneys from whom you might seek advice during the buying process.

networking opportunities

You will have networking opportunities with campground owners where you can ask about their mistakes and triumphs, and grab some invaluable ideas and insights.

meet vendors

Get ahead of the purchase and meet vendors in the industry so you know who you want to do business with when your big day arrives.

The Speakers

Janine Stang

motivational speaker, singer


Janine Stange is a motivational speaker, on-air personality, and singer. She is best known for her historic journey to sing the Star-Spangled Banner in all 50 states – a mission she embarked on to honor our brave. Her story is the subject of the documentary, “National Anthem Girl” now streaming on Amazon Prime.

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.

Watch the “National Anthem Girl” Documentary Trailer

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Sandy Ellingson

Executive Strategist

Sandy is a strategic business & technology consultant and inbound marketing professional with over 25 years of experience.  She has always been a visionary regarding all aspects of technology and recognized the power and importance of online marketing early on being one of the first to embrace and promote Inbound Marketing.  Her expertise includes certifications in over 300 software and online applications, building strategic partnerships and reseller networks, and social marketing skills including campaign development, lead nurturing, web design best practice, search engine optimization (SEO), keyword strategy, social media marketing, community building, blogging and creative content writing, CRM management, and closed-loop reporting.  Because of her work with accounting software and their implementation she understands how to build plans that not only deliver an ROI, but also have a measurable IOP (Impact on People), and well as documented SGF (Social Growth Factor).  Because of her work in the digital space, she is also well qualified to help companies and organizations engage younger generations and enjoys transferring her wisdom and experience through internships and mentoring.  Sandy is also a sought-after speaker and author. Her natural ability to explain technical processes in easy-to-understand terms and stories makes her a favorite of audiences of all types
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Michael J. Hannon

Chief Legal Officer

Michael Hannon founded HANNON LAW GROUP in May of 2006 to expand the range of legal resources available to his clients.  He is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, and former federal prosecutor.  

Mike is now actively engaging as legal counsel for OHG and their team.  When management meets legal, Mike’s years of experience guides the team through the often confusing issues facing our parks.  Federal law, land use issues, code language, and HR matters are just some of the areas where he lends a helping hand.

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Kathleen Walsh

Founder / CEO

Kathleen Walsh has been at the forefront of the Outdoor Hospitality since 2003 when she developed her first multi-million dollar beachfront property. She has since developed and managed over $180 million in RV Park and Campground investments across the country. Kathleen served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer for a large RV development company before branching out on her own. She currently serves as the CEO and Founder of Advanced Outdoor Solutions, a full-service management company specifically focused on the Outdoor Hospitality Industry. She is a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader in the industry.

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Ron D. Beard

Founder / CEO

Ron D. Beard has been in business since 1974, providing architectural planning and interior design services for all areas of revenue-producing developments.  Over a decade ago, Ron shifted his focus to the RV Park, Campground and Resort Industry.  He now devotes 100% of his practice to the designing, planning, feasibility and assessment management for RV Resort and Campground clients across America.  Ron also brings an understanding of the operations side of the campground business along with the related economic issues.   

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Nichole Poisson

Franchise Development Manager

Nichole Poisson has been an influential force in the outdoor hospitality industry for the past 16 years. 

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

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Marc Dunbar

Legislative Consultant / Lobbyist for the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, and is a shareholder in the Government Relations Practice Group of Dean Mead.

For more than two decades, Mr. Dunbar has served as counsel to a wide range of clients with a particular emphasis in regulated industries. His practice began in regulated utilities and currently includes legal and lobbying representation for a host of diverse regulated industries including motor vehicle dealerships and manufacturers, gambling, tobacco, alcohol, medical professions and medical cannabis.

Mr. Dunbar is regularly engaged to litigate complex statutory and constitutional matters both at trial and appellate levels with more than two dozen reported appellate cases on behalf of clients in regulated professions. In addition to civil, administrative and appellate litigation, he has been very active in assisting regulated entities and private equity firms in exploring and evaluating opportunities in regulated industries. Mr. Dunbar is regularly asked to provide assistance in drafting changes to complex rules and statutes affecting regulated professions in Florida and elsewhere.

In addition to his work for regulated industries, Mr. Dunbar is very active in campaigns, having served in paid and volunteer capacities for several local, legislative, and statewide campaigns with a legal practice that also includes practicing before the Florida’s Ethics and Elections Commissions.

Mr. Dunbar is a member of the Board of Visitors for Florida State University College of Law where he also serves as an adjunct professor.

Following law school, Mr. Dunbar spent time in the public sector where he was recognized for his exceptional legal work by Florida Tax Watch with a Davis Productivity Award, which honors state employees for exemplary service to Florida’s taxpayers. 
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David D. Eastman

Attorney at Law

David D. Eastman is an attorney with the law firm of Lutz Bobo & Telfair, PA.  David is the General Counsel to the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and the Florida Manufactured Housing Association, Inc.  Mr. Eastman has been working in the RV Campground and in manufactured housing law for 30+ years and represents a large number of the Florida “Mom and Pop” as well as national level RV Park and Campground owners.  David has a law degree from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, worked with the House Natural Resources Committee in the Florida House of Representatives, lobbied for 10+ years with the Florida Legislature and with numerous administrative agencies.  He is admitted in the Florida Bar, the federal Northern and Middle District Courts, the federal 11th Circuit Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He specializes in local government land use and development issues, as well as local government regulatory administrative litigation and federal and state courts litigation.  David has presented information and seminars at RV Park and Campground meetings the FARVC, authored numerous articles and publications on manufactured housing and RV communities and is a member of the Florida Bar, the Manufactured Housing Institute and National Communities Council.  His expertise and experience is in commercial and civil litigation, local government law, administrative law and legislation. Mr. Eastman assists and supports the FARVC legislative program with the Executive Director.

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.

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Jeff Crider

Crider Public Relations, Inc.

Crider Public Relations Inc. is owned and operated by Jeff Crider, a longtime freelance writer for the largest RV and campground industry publications in the country, including RV Business, Woodall’s Campground Management, Highways, Trailer Life and Motor Home magazine. He has contributed stories to Snowbirds and RV Travelers, Canada’s largest consumer RV magazine. He has also written articles for several AAA publications, including Westways, Texas Journey and New Mexico Journey as well as Family RVing, the national magazine of the Family Motor Coach Association.

 

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.

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ABOUT THE TRADE SHOW

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.

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 11th

1:00-5:00 pm
Conference Registration (Majestic Foyer)

5:00-7:00 pm
Welcome Reception  (on the Veranda)

Wednesday, May 12th

Breakfast on your own

9:00 – 10:45 am
Conference Registration

10:45 – 11:30 am
Opening “Welcome” Session and Introductions

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Keynote Luncheon – “Why You Park is Important to RV Industry Ecosystem” 

1:15 – 2:30 pm
Everything RV Park operators need to know about ADA, Permitting, Maximizing Revenue, and Governmental Processes

2:45 – 4:00 pm
Important RV Park Legal Issues | Legislative and Political Update | Q &  A 

4:00 – 4:10 pm
Discover How Easy it is to Reuse Your Electricity with Peak Energy Saver and Save 15-20% on your Electric Costs

4:15 – 5:30 pm
Industry Panel Discussion and Cracker Barrel

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Reception and Banquet

Thursday, May 13th

8:00 – 9:45 am
Annual Meeting Breakfast and guest speakers

9:45 – 10:30 am
Creating maximum Exposure for Your Park, Raising your PR Profile, and RV Industry Trends:  What Park Owners Need to Know

10:30 – 11:15 am 
The Importance of Visuals

11:30 am – 4:00 pm
SUPPLIER EXPO and LUNCH

4:15 – 5:30 pm
Building, Buying, Expanding or Investing Group Panel and Discussion – What it takes to build and operate a successful RV Park tod

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Increase your exposure and show your support to the Association and the industry. Sponsors receive extensive recognition and promotion at the show and throughout the year. Please refer to the “Sponsor Opportunities” section for details. If you wish to become a sponsor please indicate your selection on the Exhibitor Registration Form.

PREMIER SPONSOR

ONE seat
$ 6,000
  • Welcome Reception Sponsor
  • Lunch and Keynote Sponsor
  • Pre-event press release and promotion
  • Enlarged Booth Space Opportunity
  • FL / AL ARVC Supplier Membership
  • Opportunity to present to attendees (10 Minutes)
  • Bag Sponsor
  • Company name in social media posts
  • Full Registration for all conference events (up to 4)
  • Option to include materials in conf. bags
  • Ad in E Newsletters (6 ads)
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

PLATINUM SPONSOR

ONE seat
$ 4,000
  • FL / AL ARVC Supplier Membership
  • Opportunity to present to attendees (5 Minutes)
  • Bag Sponsor
  • Company name in social media posts
  • Full Registration for all conference events (up to 4)
  • Option to include materials in conf. bags
  • Ad in E Newsletters (4 ads)
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

DIAMOND SPONSOR

ONE seat
$ 3,000
  • Opening Session Sponsor
  • Company name in social media posts
  • Full Registration for all conference events (up to 2)
  • Option to include materials in conf. bags
  • Ad in E Newsletters (2 ads)
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

GOLD SPONSOR

$ 2,500
  • Company name in social media posts
  • Full Registration for all conference events (up to 2)
  • Option to include materials in conf. bags
  • Ad in E Newsletters (1 ad)
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

EMERALD SPONSOR

$ 2,000
  • Full Registration for all conference events (up to 2)
  • Option to include materials in conf. bags
  • Ad in E Newsletters (1 ad)
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

SILVER SPONSOR

$ 1,500
  • Option to include materials in conf. bags
  • Ad in E Newsletters (1 ad)
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

BRONZE SPONSOR

$ 1,000
  • Ad in E Newsletters (1 ad)
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

CONTRIBUTING
SPONSOR

$ 500
  • Option to offer materials at registration table
  • Name in pre and post event press releases
  • Name and logo on conference signage
  • Name and logo in conference program
  • Name and logo on conference website

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