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Fri Nov 4, 2016
The Keller Marine and RV Show held Nov. 1-2 at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, attracted several new dealers and an increased interest in educational seminars.
Keller Marketing Director Lori Morrow says the increased number of vendor booths and, particularly, the more than a dozen new attendees at the show made this year’s event a great success.
“The show was very well attended,” Morrow says. “The feedback from the vendors is they had goals for themselves and many of them went well above their goals. We had happy vendors and happy dealers.”
Morrow says the show attracted at least 15-20 new attendees while it had more vendor booths than the show has ever had in its 50-year-plus history.
“Dealers got to see a lot of new products,” Morrow says. “That’s the reason you go to a show. So attracting new dealers and having more information on new products – those were two of our goals that I feel we attained. The vendors and the dealer support was incredible. It was very heartwarming.”
Training seminars and re-certification opportunities abounded throughout the two-day event. Meanwhile, entertainment events such as Casino Night, prize giveaways, the grand prize winner of a cruise for two and the Keller Cup were all big successes.
The Keller Cup was awarded to EL Carpenter in Downington, while the grand prize winner on the Bahamas cruise went to Beckley’s Camping Center.
“The seminars were very well attended, which made me excited,” Morrow says. “That means the dealers are very interested in educating themselves and each one of us wants to become better at what we do. That was very exciting that they wanted to continue their education and everybody walked away with a lot more information. I guess you could say the aura in the room was very upbeat.”
While attendance numbers weren’t completely available, Morrow says the number that Keller is focusing on is the large number of new attendees and the overall enthusiasm and optimism at the show.
The sponsors of the seminars at the show were Cequent Performance Products, Lippert Components, Starbrite, Torklift, Carefree of Colorado, Blue Ox, Walex and Dexter Axle.
The re-certifcation seminars were hosted by Cequent and Marshall Excelsior.