More than 15 donations totaling far more than $10,000 came in between the date the challenge was announced and Dec. 31, 2014. The current fundraising drive continues through June.
“Dan Pearson’s brilliant and generous idea certainly bore fruit,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio, in a press release. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Dan and all the year-end donors who came through to support the kind of high-quality education that will yield a prosperous 2015.”
“I am very pleased the matching challenge was met so quickly by an influx of generous donors to the Learning Center. It shows what we can accomplish together,” said Dan Pearson, president and CEO of Pleasureland RV Centers and vice chairman of the RV Learning Center board. “It’s an honor to have a part in supporting a great and worthwhile institution that helps so many dealers.”
The annual campaign to fund the RV Learning Center began in Las Vegas at the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, the biggest education event of the year for dealers and their staff. The goal of the campaign is to bring in funding to continue providing high quality affordable professional development and learning resources to help dealerships succeed.
A new addition to the RV Learning Center’s many resources is an updated version of the Service Management Guide (SMG), now in its 11th edition. The SMG, also called the hourly rate guide, is a critical tool for any service department and the new edition is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by industry professionals to produce a guide that addresses current technologies. It is in stock and available for purchase now.
Those who want to become donors to the Learning Center can give online or print a donation form at the RV Learning Center website. There are options for customized pledges and ways to schedule donations for your convenience.