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 .

RVDA Announces Chris Helder Will Be Expo's Keynote Speaker

Mon Mar 20, 2017

149002594116036.jpgFairfax, Virginia - Noted author and speaker Chris Helder will present “The Power of Influence...Mastering the Customer Experience” during the opening general session of the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The convention is sponsored by RVDA – The National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center.

This powerful keynote address, made possible by convention Platinum Partner Wells Fargo CDF, will focus on communication techniques that can make an immediate impact and maximize the customer experience. Helder has a fresh approach that concentrates on creating a strong connection with customers that can lead to better performance in all areas of the dealership, according to a press release.

This presentation will help dealers explore:

• The greatest communication, persuasion and influencing tools that are practical and can be implemented immediately
• A list of "1 Percent" behaviors that significantly improve your results
• Persuasion skills, that you can increase, to get customers to take action
• Building relationships that matter in business
• Understanding the power of coding success and replicating winning behavior

As the author of two best-selling books on the power of genuine communication, Helder has addressed more than 2,000 audiences throughout the USA, Asia, Australia and Europe. His global client list includes: Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Glaxo Smith Kline, Toyota, Fuji Xerox, Levi’s and IBM.

The convention 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 is now open 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 $609 lock in a rate of $589 for the rest of their company’s registrants — no matter when they sign up. That represents a 40 percent savings off the full convention rate for the first registrant alone. Online registration is available at www.rvda.org.

Convention/Expo 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 will also 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 jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Visit www.rvda.org/convention for regular updates as the convention approaches. You can also get convention updates on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and download the RVDA convention app in the Apple store or on Google Play.