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Nearly 2,000 industry professionals participated in the 2005 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo Sept. 27-30 in Las Vegas, Nev., which spotlighted the RV Learning Center with more than 65 live workshops set up at the Rio All-Suite Casino Resort.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), the convention drew 1,981 registered attendees – up 12% from last year and establishing a new record – and included 900 RV dealers and their employees from across the U.S. and Canada. The annual event is co-sponsored by RVDA of America and RVDA of Canada.
“This year we were especially pleased to have the work of the RV Learning Center reflected in more of our education programming,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Ron Wheeler of Wheeler Advertising in Arlington, Tex. “Two of the of education tracks – Service Management Track and Parts & Accessories – included workshops based on the RV Learning Center’s sophisticated task and skills analyses of what it takes to be a high performer in those dealership departments.”
“RVDA of Canada is pleased to be a contributor and active participant in the RV Learning Center,” said RVDA of Canada President Kim Brown of Traveland Leisure Center in Regina, Saskatchewan. “There is no international boundary when it comes to sharing information that builds customer loyalty at our dealerships.”
RVDA of America President Mike Molino told members that convention attendance demonstrates the vitality of the association. “This was a great event for dealers and for our industry with more education, more exhibits, and more people than ever before,” he said. “There was an excellent cross-section of new members and dealers that have been with us for our entire 35 years of existence. ”
The 2006 Convention/Expo has been slated for Sept. 26-29 at The Rio All-Suite Casino Resort.