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RV industry professionals from across the U.S. and Canada turned out in record numbers for the 2006 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo featuring the RV Learning Center Sept. 26-29 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The total number of registered attendees was 2,056 compared to 1,981 in 2005 and included 965 RV dealers and their employees. The event was co-hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada.
The Convention/Expo featured more than 70 live educational sessions organized by the RV Learning Center, a growing resource for RV dealership continuing education efforts. More than 190 exhibiting companies also participated.
“Dealers continue to tell me that the ideas that they take home from this convention make it one of the best investments they make all year,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Ron Wheeler of Wheeler Advertising Inc. in Arlington, Texas. “This year we were especially pleased to have the RV Learning Center’s job task analysis work reflected in more of our education programming.”
“We share the commitment to sharing information that builds customer loyalty at our dealerships ­ on both sides of the border,” said RVDA of Canada President Ron Hall of Eldorado RV Sales in Lethbridge, Alberta. “RVDA of Canada is pleased to be a contributor and participant in RV Learning Center programs. We work hard to provide the best convention experience available.”
RVDA President Mike Molino told members that the wide variety of convention activities demonstrates the vitality of the association.
“Your association, like your convention, is in great shape,” Molino said. “RVDA and the RV Learning Center are moving on many fronts to help dealers, and the convention is one of the most visible ways in which we help foster communications and trust among industry segments.”
The 2007 Convention/Expo will be held Sept. 25-28 at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The 12th Annual RVDA Education Foundation Golf Classic Tournament to benefit the RV Learning Center is set for Sept. 24.