“It’s past our deadline and we’re still getting more dealers registering. We’re definitely going to have more people attending than we did last year. We’re real excited about it and we think it’s going to be one of the best shows yet,” said Andrea Mullin, who works at the family-owned company along with her husband Andy Mullin and father Andy Nelsen.
Founded in 1980, Arrow Distributing offers a variety of products and services for RV dealerships including parts and accessories, print and digital marketing materials, state-of-the-art merchandising and technology services and e-commerce solutions.
The format for the two-day show includes vendor seminars, exhibits and displays, plus the comedy act of Rocky LaPorte, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as well as his own special on Comedy Central. LaPorte will entertain attendees following a cocktail reception and sit-down dinner on the opening night.
Seminars will be offered by several suppliers on the first day. Throughout the show, participants will be able to visit with exhibitors and learn of new product offerings as well as take advantage of the year’s best buying opportunities, rebates and prizes only available during the showcase.
“You are going to get many more advantages attending Arrow’s show because of all the unique things we offer,” Mullin said, making special mention of the “camaraderie” during the event. “There’s just so much energy going on. I really think that it’s a positive experience.”
One change for this year’s show, Mullin added, is the availability for VIP transportation to and from the Beau Rivage. In addition, the show moved from a Tuesday–Wednesday format to Wednesday-Thursday. “We think that will work out much better not only for the dealers but also on the vendor side,” Mullin said.
The showcase comes at a time when Arrow is coming off a successful 2014.
“Business is growing,” Mullin said. “We’re busy and we’re hiring new people, including a couple of new sales people that we’re real excited about, plus the acquistition of Southern California distributors.”
Including its headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Arrow Distributing has nine warehouse locations in Kansas City; Des Moines, Iowa; Oklahoma City; Hammond, La.; Elkhart, Ind.; Little Rock, Ark.; El Cajon, Calif.; and Brighton, Mich.