After having celebrated its 50th annual Detroit RV & Camper Show earlier this year, the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (MARVAC) will be commemorating another milestone beginning Sunday (Sept. 11) as part of the Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground Association’s (MMHRVCA) 75th Annual Conference.
MARVAC is a division of the MMHRVCA, a full-service, nonprofit, state trade association representing three industries in the state of Michigan, including: manufactured housing; recreation vehicle and private campgrounds; and self-storage facilities. MMHRVCA was established in 1941 as the Michigan Motor Coach Association. At that time, the motor coach, or trailer, was used for both travel and permanent housing.
MMHRVCA Executive Director Bill Sheffer said more than 100 people have registered for the conference. Typically it has a strong contingent from the manufactured housing industry, which is reflected in the event’s agenda.
“We’re very pleased. It’s another one of those benchmarks for the association,” Sheffer told RVBUSINESS.com. “We’d like to think that we’re the oldest trade association in the country representing the industry for a state. We intend to keep this association running strong and it’s my hope, and my goal, that our members and our future members will be celebrating the 100th 25 years from now.”
The MMHRVCA 75th Annual Conference takes place Sept. 11-13 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. After an evening reception on the Grand Hotel’s famous front porch followed by a dinner, the conference will feature a roster seminars the following two days including the keynote address by Dr. Jerry Teplitz on “Increasing Your Leadership and Selling Power to New Levels of Excellence.”
Other sessions include: a Q&A with Keith Lambert, deputy director of Michigan’s Bureau of Construction Codes; a Community Panel with representatives from Cadgeworth Farms, Sun Communities and Franklin Homes; a Manufacturers Panel with representatives from Adventure Homes, Champion Homes, and Clayton Homes; and a Legal Panel, titled “Ask the Attorneys,” with Bill Perrone of Dykema, Matthew Paletz of Paletz Law Firm, and Matthew Miller of Swistak Levine.
In addition, Mark Bowersox, the senior vice president for industry relations at the Manufactured Housing Institute and formerly the executive director for Indiana’s IMHA-RVIC association, will provide a national overview on “Issues facing the Industry.” Also, Tom Hoisington of Public Affairs Associates will provide an update on state legislative activities.
Other unique Mackinac Island activities include a round of golf, horse-drawn carriage tours, and wine tastings.
Sponsors of the conference include MHRE Inc., Clayton Homes, Sun Communities, Champion Home Builders Inc., Manufactured Housing Institute, Capitol Supply & Service, MHVillage, Public Affairs Associates, All Seasons Communications, Barrett & Associates Inc. and Dykema.