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RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Ryan Estis Will Be Keynote Speaker at RVDA Convention/Expo

Thu Jul 21, 2016

146911842333298.jpgLearn to tap into your potential at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 7-11, at Bally’s Las Vegas. “Unleash Your Inner Superhero: Keys to Achieving Breakthrough Performance,” will be presented by keynote speaker Ryan Estis at the opening general session on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The convention is sponsored by RVDA – The National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center.

Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. Estis helps people see new opportunity through techniques that remove the barriers of fear, doubt and uncertainty that threaten to inhibit performance. This important message introduces key insights about productivity and performance. He coaches the audience through embracing change to achieve more meaning, mastery and momentum in their work life. The outcome of this speech will be an audience inspired to take action and become the very best version of themselves.

“Having Ryan take the stage at the opening general session will get the convention/expo off to a great start for dealers and staff; we’ll head out motivated to be our best and prepared to capitalize on the great opportunities before us,” says Ron Shepherd of Camperland of Oklahoma, the chair of the convention expo committee. “We chose him to address our members because when things are good it is an even greater challenge to stride toward change and Ryan can give us the tools and motivation to do that.”

The theme is Gear Up for Success, and dealers are encouraged to bring their top performers for a week of fixed-operations training and education, leadership development, networking and motivation that will take their performance to new heights.

Registration opened March 15 and early bird rates apply through June 30. Dealers who register at least one person from their dealership by June 30 at the early bird rate of $599 lock in a rate of $576 for the rest of their company’s registrants—no matter when they sign up. That represents a 37 percent savings off the full convention rate for the first registrant alone. Online registration is open now.

The week starts with Vendor Training Plus on Monday and Tuesday and includes a general session, educational and networking programs for young executives, Partners in Progress meetings and track workshops designed to address the leading issues that drive every department in the dealership. In addition, the Society of Certified RV Professionals will head into its third year with another special event featuring recognitions, a guest speaker and networking opportunities. Registrants can also attend a mini-rental school at no extra charge.

Relevant education tracks that address dealerships’ key areas offer a curriculum designed specifically for RV dealership employees. Education tracks for dealer/GMs, sales, service, parts, F&I, rental and social media/eMarketing offer something to meet the professional development needs of most fixed-ops professionals.

There also will be an expo with more than 100 exhibitors that serve RV dealers by providing insurance products, finance tools and training expertise, as well as the leading suppliers and manufacturers. These exhibitors can offer the dealer new ways to improve sales, management, customer service and employee performance.

The convention venue is Bally’s, so the majority of events will take place in one area, increasing your chances of connecting with colleagues and staying on schedule. The centrally located dealer lounge, equipped with Wi-Fi and comfortable seating, is back this year. In addition, the RVDA block of hotel rooms at Bally’s and Paris offers convenient lodging and easy access to the nightlife along the Vegas Strip.

Companies interested in partnership and sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact Julie Newhouse at 703-364-5518 or send an email to

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