Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia and RVDA of Canada President Eleonore Hamm are scheduled to present introductory remarks during the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards reception at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 10-14 in Las Vegas.

All registered convention attendees are invited to the Top 50 cocktail party slated for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Platinum Ballroom at Bally’s on the Strip, a new venue for RVDA and RVDA of Canada after a series of years at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.

This is also the first time since 2010 that RVBusiness, now in its fourth year as an independent trade journal based in Elkhart, Ind., has stepped up to coordinate a Top 50 dealer program, giving the industry in general and dealers in particular a chance to reflect on some of the professional goals and best practices for which the cream of the crop of recreation vehicle retailers have always been known.

“We’re not pretending that RVBusiness is in itself setting the bar for the nation’s dealers in reintroducing the RVB Top 50 program to the North American RV industry,” said RVB Publisher Sherm Goldenberg. “On the contrary, we’re doing what the media – and in this case a trade journal – can do best by raising the questions and giving everyone else a chance to fill in the blanks in terms of best practices and professionalism and some of the fundamentals that may at times have gotten lost during a recessionary time when business people often had to stress survival skills more than anything else.

“So, in a new era of economic recovery and industry consolidation, it seems like the time is right to bring back the Top 50 program, and we can assure you that a number of U.S. and Canadian dealers and other industry stakeholders felt the same way.”

Another first for the whole Top 50 program, Goldenberg added, is the fact that the Top 50 awards will be presented this time during an all-industry cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres — rather than a more lengthy sit-down dinner — during which all Con/Expo attendees will be offered a free drink before or after the 6-7 p.m. awards presentation (see the program below).

“In so doing,” added Goldenberg, “we’ve timed things so that people can still keep their dinner reservations around Vegas with family or industry associates after everything is said and done. We hope to see you there.”