Peter Ricchiuti

Tulane University’s Peter Ricchiuti will share his informative and entertaining perspective on financial markets during “Market Signals: What the Financial Markets Are Telling Us Now,” the keynote session held in conjunction with the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Oct. 3.

The convention, sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center, is scheduled for Oct.1-5, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“Dealers who understand larger economic trends that impact consumer spending are in a better position to manage their businesses,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Peter Albano of American RV in Olive Branch, Miss. “We are delighted that Peter Ricchiuti will be able to offer his insight on the state of the economy and how it will impact our dealerships in 2012 and beyond.”

During his presentation, Ricchiuti will discuss the outlook for interest rates, energy prices, and how politics and the deficit will impact the economy in the months ahead. Prior to becoming an assistant dean at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, Ricchiuti enjoyed a successful investment career on Wall Street. He also served as state treasurer and chief investment officer for the state of Louisiana, and managed the state’s $3 billion investment and retirement fund portfolio and an additional $8 million in retirement funds.

In 1993, Ricchiuti founded the Burkenroad Reports investment research program. Since that time, he has earned praise for his management of the program, which involves leading teams of more than 130 Tulane University business students as they research and assess undervalued stocks in four southern states. His insight and humor have made him a popular financial speaker across the country, and he has twice been named Tulane’s top business professor.

To make the convention as affordable as possible, the registration fee for dealership employees is the same as last year. RVDA is also offering special registration plans, including an easy-pay plan of four payments and the ability to lock in early bird savings for additional employees with one paid convention registration.

Themed “The Road to Opportunity,” the convention will feature educational super sessions designed to help dealers navigate the issues and opportunities they face today, strategies to reach new customers through new technology and to harness the power of social media, and a new series of fixed operations workshops for service and parts managers to improve efficiency and profitability.

The 2012 convention will also feature an exhibit hall filled with the RV industry’s top companies offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability. RVDA’s Partners in Progress Brand Committees will also meet to work on important dealer-manufacturer issues.

Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com to register for the convention and for regular updates. You can also get convention updates on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.