RVIA Economic Impact Study

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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 Convention/Expo Opens with Energy, Helder Gives Keynote

Wed Nov 8, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen

151015946364286.jpgManufacturers, dealers and suppliers all met in Las Vegas as friends, new partners and competitors in an industry experiencing its best year in history.

The RVDA Convention/Expo opened the trade show floor Tuesday afternoon to a 7 percent increase in pre-registered attendees, above last year's show attendance, which was itself an increase over the previous year.

RVDA President Phil Ingrassia says that's just the number of pre-registered attendees, while there are several walk-ins and registrations on site. The association will have a total number of attendees on Thursday.

New units from several RV manufacturers gleamed under the lights of the massive room, beckoning dealers to walk around and through them. The nearly 150 booth exhibitors showed off brand new product and struck deals in just the introduction to the following two days of business transactions, and new relationships and partnerships are being forged.

The show kicked off with more than five hours of seminars on the Vendor Training Plus program and then culminated in the general session just before the trade show floor opened.

"Sales and shipments have risen to a new level as the industry has produced a half a million RVs, something that seemed unattainable not too long ago," RVDA Chairman Darrell Freisen said in the general session. "The demand is high, but that means we need to work harder than ever for our customers."

Jeff Pastore, the RV Learning Center Chairman, also spoke at the general session about education and training, a large focus of the RVDA Convention.

"Whether this show is your first or your 15th, it's clear that as this show has evolved, education is more of a priority," Pastore says. "Education is essential to grow your businesses."

The keynote speaker, Chris Helder, spoke about focusing on developing personal relationships with customers, understanding and matching their body language and then adjusting to their personalities.

Helder spoke about four keys to letting a potential customer know that dealership salesmen are truly intent on developing personal relationships and getting the customers to move forward in the process of winning those customers' business.

• Posture — body language represents 55 percent of communication today
• Eye contact
• Smile
• Energy is not a state of being — it is a decision and we can have as much of it as we want.

The convention continues Wednesday with more Vendor Training Plus sessions throughout the day. The RVDA Annual Meeting will be held at 10:15 a.m. PST, where awards will be presented, including the prestigious James B. Summers Award, and some personnel will be appointed to various positions.

The show floor will then open again from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.