The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will conduct two annual meetings in 2003, but that is part of an effort to reduce the number of association meetings to three per year, from the current four.
The RVIA will hold its first 2003 annual meeting March 6-10 in Maui, Hawaii, and it s second in September at a yet-to-be-determined location in the Midwest. RVIA Board of Directors meetings also will take place at the March and September annual meetings.
After 2003, the RVIA’s annual meeting will be in September, instead of the traditional late-February to early-March time slot, so it coincides with the end of the RVIA’s fiscal year on Sept. 30.
The September annual meetings will be one day shorter than the current format, beginning Thursday and running through Saturday.
The annual meeting scheduling and format change followed months of research and consideration by the RVIA staff and the Annual Meeting Committee about ways to increase attendance by saving members time and expense.
The RVIA board also will met next year during Committee Week, June 9-12 in Washington. D.C.
“We have long been challenged to come up with ways to increase attendance at the annual meeting, which provides a premiere opportunity for upper-level industry representatives to interact with one another,” said Annual Meet0ing Committee Chairman Art Wyatt of Dometic Corp., Elkhart, Ind. “We believe the new format, with a fall time slot, shorter schedule and at locations that are more central to members, will be a tremendous boost in that regard.”
The RVIA board will meet again in February 2004, which will complete the schedule transition.
The association’s board also decided to hold Strategic Planning Committee meetings beginning with the March 2002 Annual Meeting and, thereafter, in conjunction with each February board meeting.