Kirk Lippold

Retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, who spoke at last year’s Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) convention about his experience aboard the American warship USS Cole when it was bombed by al-Qaeda in 2000, will return to the 2012 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.

According to a press release, Lippold will sign copies of his new book, “Front Burner,” which describes his efforts to prevent the Cole from sinking in the Yemen port of Aden after the attack killed 17 crew members. He will be available Oct. 2 at the Expo reception and located in the Diversified Insurance booth, No. 411.

The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo will be held Oct. 1-5 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The convention is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center.

The 2012 convention will 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 or send an e-mail to [email protected] Visit www.rvda.org to register.