KOA CEO Jim Rogers

A lineup of seminars featuring a noted economist and numerous RV industry leaders will highlight the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual Meeting, set for March 4–7 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

Taking place the morning of March 5, the sessions will include:

• Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) CEO and Chairman Jim Rogers will examine the outlook for the campground industry. Rogers’ 40-year career in the hospitality industry began in 1972 when he joined KOA as a management trainee. He also worked for Harrah’s Entertainment and ran his own advertising agency, Curtis & Rogers Inc., before returning to head KOA in 2000.

• Noted economist Lowell Catlett will provide an economic outlook through an upbeat, humorous presentation that will focus on future technologies and their impact on how consumers will live and work. Catlett is the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is also internationally known as an expert in commodities futures markets and has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor and many Fortune 500 companies.

• The morning will be capped by “Succeeding in Today’s RV Market,” a panel discussion featuring the viewpoints from executives in the manufacturing, supplier, finance and dealer segments of the industry. The panelists are: Mark Beecher, executive vice president with Bank of the West; Phil Ingrassia, president of Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA); Bob Martin, president and COO of Thor Industries Inc.; Bill Osborne, senior vice president of custom products for Navistar Inc.; and Martin Street, president and CEO of Stag-Parkway Inc.

Economist Lowell Catlett

RVIA’s Annual Meeting provides association members the opportunity to learn more about association activities, attend informative seminars and network with business colleagues at numerous social events. Event highlights include the Newcomers and Welcome Reception the evening of March 4; the association’s Annual Membership Meeting set for the afternoon of March 5; and the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner taking place the evening of March 5.

Annual meeting attendees will also have the option of playing golf or taking tours of Universal Studios or Disneyworld on March 6. Staff will assist attendees to obtain tee times or schedule the tours. These activities are optional and not included in the meeting registration. Attendees will depart on March 7.

Located in Universal’s Orlando Resort, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel lets guests experience the sights and sounds of the Italian Riviera while providing AAA Four Diamond Award winning accommodations, amenities and exclusive resort benefits.

For more information or to register for the event, contact RVIA’s Huyen Dang at [email protected] or (703) 620-6003 (ext. 305).