Paul Bambei

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an interview by Woodall’s Campground Management with Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), following a three-week road trip that took him to many state association conventions and meetings as well as an ARVC board meeting. To read the entire interview click here.

According to Bambei, key issues facing ARVC include:

•Performance Licenses: Foremost on the member benefit front is the completion of licensing negotiations with the Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI).“The BMI deal is done, which was very important to me, strategically, to get it done first,” Bambei explained, noting that it was one of the three performing rights organizations (PROs) ARVC has been talking with. “It represented 70% of the licensing revenue that ARVC members submitted in 2011. It made sense to get that out of the way first.”

• Membership Status: At the ARVC board meeting held in mid-March in Memphis, Tenn., the board unanimously agreed to keep the current structure relative to “affiliated” and “cooperating” states in place and unchanged, Bambei said. ARVC counts 28 states as having affiliated or full membership status.

• White House meeting on ADA: ARVC undertook a major lobbying effort this year to counteract the impending new regulations through the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to wheel chair lift requirements for public swimming pools. The coalition succeeded in getting a 60-day extension on the new regulations, which would have taken effect in mid-March.

• Benefit Provider Update: ARVC representatives are conducting talks to establish preferred provider status with several companies, including Moen, a manufacturer of faucets and shower heads; Schlage, maker of locks and security gates; and Speed Queen, maker of commercial washers and dryers.

• State Park Membership: ARVC’s attempt to increase its membership by opening the doors to state parks has not been successful in attracting a large number of state parks, Bambei conceded. The initiative, as Bambei explained, was to work with individual affiliated states to do whatever they wanted to do.