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RV destinations going upscale
The Memphis Commercial Appeal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Andy Cates, the guy who helped steer the NBA to Memphis, is now trying to shake up the RV park and campground industry with a string of deluxe destination RV camps. His business, RVC Outdoor Destinations, offers consistently beautiful natural spaces, upscale amenities, and fine-tuned customer service. "Andy is on track to fill a real need that exists in our industry," says RVDA member Peter Albano of American RV in Olive Branch. “Once you experience it, you're hooked," he says of Cates' newest location on Lake Catherine. More

Ron and Bill Fenech to leave Thor
PR Newswire via MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ron Fenech, Thor's RV senior group president, and Bill Fenech, president of Thor Motor Coach, have decided to leave the company, the company announced. Ron Fenech will be staying for a transitional period; Bill Fenech's resignation takes effect July 31. "Ron and Bill have been instrumental in Thor's success in building Keystone into the number one RV manufacturer," said Thor CEO Peter Orthwein."Bill oversaw the combination of Four Winds and Damon to form Thor Motor Coach, and Ron oversaw the reorganization of several of our towable companies as well as the integration of the Heartland acquisition. Their leadership will be missed." Jeff Kime will become president of Thor Motor Coach. More

Recession symbol Elkhart County, Ind., mends as US manufacturing grows
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Elkhart County, Ind., was a symbol of what was wrong in the U.S. economy when President Barack Obama traveled there in February 2009. Today, the county's rebound is evident in the "Employment Opportunities" sign at truck maker Utilimaster Corp. and in the return of laid-off workers at RV manufacturer Jayco Inc. Elkhart's turnaround—largely a result of the revival of its main industry, RV production—reflects a nationwide strengthening in manufacturing, one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy. More

Register for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, stay at the Rio, and you could win!
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Dealers who register for the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo by August 6 and stay at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino are automatically entered to win a complimentary round of golf for four players at the Rio Secco golf course or two spa services. For more information, click here.

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'Gone with the Wynns' win Best of the Road contest
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Jason and Nikki Wynn ("Gone with the Wynns"), a Dallas area couple who traded in their urban lifestyle in February to travel the country in an RV for a year, are the winning team in the Best of the Road contest, sponsored by Rand McNally in collaboration with USA TODAY. More

GE Capital to present 'Does 1 + 1 Still Equal 2? The RV Industry in 2012 and Beyond' during RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
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Serena Tse and Scott Cohen, industry research analysts at GE Capital, Americas, will discuss economic indicators affecting the RV industry, industry trends, and their outlook on how it all shakes out during a special session titled "Does 1 + 1 Still Equal 2? The RV Industry in 2012 and Beyond" at the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The convention is slated for Oct. 3-7 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The special session is scheduled for Oct. 5. More

Handling phone messages is a key part of business
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"Someone from some place called" —that's a real phone message that was relayed to a colleague the other day. Not very helpful. It's a seemingly small thing, but answering the phone and responding to emails is one of the first impressions people get of your business. Most small businesses don't have the budget or need for a full-time receptionist, so the job's often overlooked or mishandled. More
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