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 .
Mon Aug 7, 2017
The 37th annual FRVTA State Convention will begin Thursday, Sept. 7 and go through Sunday, Sept. 10 and the convention returns to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida - just south of Jacksonville. The convention also was at the site in 2008.
All systems are go as the association will “Enter the New Frontier.” As the RV Industry grows and grows, those within it must be prepared to meet new customer expectations, new staffing needs, new legal requirements, new products - in short, come up with a new way of doing business.
To that end, the annual event features the brightest and best minds in the RV Industry to bring FRVTA members up-to-date on the state of the industry and what to expect in the coming months.
"This is a great place to get a lot of information and it makes the RV industry in Florida move," FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly says. "We'll have everything from dealers to campgrounds to finance companies. What I consider one of the biggest benefits of attending is the networking. It's a great place to get to know each other and renew friendships. We're competitors, but we come together for the common good of the industry."
The convention opens with the “Launch Pad” Welcoming Reception on Thursday evening. This will include a spray paint artist creating stunning space scenes using nothing more than spray paint and newspaper.
Afterwards, attendees can triangulate to the “Area 51” Hospitality Room. This is a great place to unwind after a busy day of discovering the “The New Frontier” while relaxing with fellow industry professionals from around the state and country.
Friday morning begins the “right stuff” of the convention at which you’ll actually start to “Enter the New Frontier.” Hall of Fame keynote speaker Jason Hewlett will deliver a motivating and inspiring message on keeping “The Promise.”
Next up are RVDA President Phil Ingrassia and RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer who will give their respective RV Industry updates. This session is not to be missed to obtain a unique insight from both the dealer and manufacturer perspectives.
Rounding out Friday’s morning session will be a special legislative guest who will provide a keen insight into Florida’s political workings. Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will make a special appearance at this time. An announced Republican candidate for next year’s governor’s race, Putnam has served Florida in a variety of governmental capacities.
"We love it when we get Phil Ingrassia and Frank Hugelmeyer - we love having those guys and that's the highlight of the thing to bring us up to date on what's happening," Kelly says. "We're happy to have Adam Putnam as well. He's right now the only republican candidate running for governor. It shows the importance that the state government puts on the industry and the association."
Friday afternoon will be time for leisure events, including a shuttle bus trip to the “First Frontier” – historic St. Augustine. There will also be the “Black Hole” golf outing or you can just enjoy all the amenities the Marriott resort has to offer.
That night will feature an extraterrestrial experience at the “Space Odyssey” Costume/Dinner Party. Music, food and the most outrageous space creatures you’ve ever seen will be there. It’s a time for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and other outlandish beings to make their appearance.
Saturday morning, the breakout sessions will offer specific information to attendees in smaller, more intimate classroom settings. Tom Walworth of Statistical Surveys, Inc., covers the “Keys to Success” with Allen Monello of the Automotive Industry Center for Excellence covering “Are You In the Right “Form”. Sheree Rotterman, from Ally Academy Trainer, will provide insights on hiring the dream job candidate, while Sara and Jason Ryan, personal and business safety experts and founders of Sara Ryan Firearms Instruction, Inc. and Athena’s Armory, Inc., offer timely personal safety instruction.
Following the morning of in-depth learning and insights, we’ll break as “Astronaut Dave” launches “Houston We Have A Problem,” a fun and prize-filled Game Show Luncheon. Contestants will try for cash and prizes just like the old “Let’s Make a Deal” game show. “Space Trivia” and “Name that Space Song” will also be a part of a very lively lunch.
The convention wraps up that evening with the “To Infinity and Beyond” Awards Banquet and Silent Auction. The Silent Auction benefits the FRVPC Fund and will feature such items as weekend getaways, I-pads, E-readers, I-Watches and Disney Gift Certificates among lots of other out-of-this-world items.
There are still a few sponsorship opportunities and FRVTA is still taking prize donations for the silent auction and the game show luncheon. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Florida RV Trade Association at 813-741-0488.
Kelly says he expects between 200-250 people to show up, an increase from last year.
"We've been trending a little bit more in recent years. It was pretty lean years there for a while, but we've had more and more since then," Kelly says. "It's our annual convention. It has changed a little, but it's still the same event we put on every year. The networking is far and above the biggest benefit. You're going to meet someone who is a great leader, a great partner or even a great competitor."