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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 .

Sobel University Attendance up 21% for 2018

Wed Jan 17, 2018

151622664264437.pngSobel University reported a record breaking January Comprehensive Sales course for the RV industry, boosting enrollment up 21 percent over 2017.

“The amazing thing about the January class was not the quantity of students in attendance, but the quality.” says Sobel University President, Randy Sobel. “Our dealers are doing a better job hiring and investing in applicants. The test scores are the best I’ve seen in our 27 years of teaching this class.”

Sobel compares the trend he is seeing with research showing that Millennials are looking for companies that will invest in them, so they can gain the skills for professional advancement.

“The dealers we work with are expecting applicants to come out of the chute fast and participate in the record number of RV sales,” Sobel says. “They are sending more of their staff through this class to give them the skills to help today’s modern customers.”

The January Comprehensive Sales Course held in Tacoma, Washington saw a diversity of students from Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.

To serve the east coast better the next Comprehensive Sales Course will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from Feb. 12-16.

Students can expect a challenging eight hours of classroom instruction with homework every night and exams every day. The role-playing situations they are put into helps sharpen their skills. Dealers have reported a drastic increase in sales volume upon their staff’s successful completion of this class. With five experience levels, salespeople can expect a challenge whether it is their first attendance or their fifteenth.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Sales Course, visit sobeluniversity.com or call 253-565-2577 to enroll. Randy Sobel, founder of Sobel University, has trained more than 65,000 students and more than 500 RV dealerships over a 30-year career in the RV industry.