RVDA NewsBrief
June. 23, 2010

RVDA urges financial reform conferees to accept House language on dealer-assisted financing
RVDA is urging Congressional conferees to reject Senate conferee language and accept the House conferee language on dealer-assisted financing as part of the Wall Street financial reform bill currently before Congress. Contrary to some press reports, the Senate language does not completely exclude motor vehicle dealers, including RV and boat dealers, from regulation by a new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB). The Senate conferee language grants the CFPB explicit rulemaking authority over dealers in four major regulatory statutes and is not a true "exclusion for dealers."More

Ron & Lisa Fenech Foundation contributes $25,000 to the RV Learning Center
RV Learning Center
The Ron & Lisa Fenech Foundation increased its donation to the RVDA Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center by $25,000, making their total donation $50,000. Ron Fenech is RV Group President, Thor Industries, and responsible for all its RV businesses.More

Winnebago posts 3Q net income as RV sales jump
The Associated Press
Motorhome maker Winnebago Industries said last week it returned to profitability in its fiscal third quarter as revenue nearly tripled and it sold more motor homes. Its shares rose more than 11 percent in midday trading. Winnebago's deliveries of motor homes more than doubled in the quarter to 1,366 from 620 in the year-ago period. The company's deliveries of its bigger "Class A" motor homes rose to 690 in the quarter from 176 in prior's third quarter.More

RV season revving up in Maine
Bangor Daily News
The summer of 2010 is going to be the best RV season Maine has seen in a long time, according to Richard Abare, executive director of the Maine Campground Owners Association. Abare said that many campgrounds are booking up, RV retailers are moving merchandise, and people are getting outdoors for their vacations. The overall impact of RV campers in Maine this year will exceed $775 million, Abare said.More

Stay at the Rio and win!
RVDA/RV Learning Center
Register for the convention by Aug. 6, and get the chance to win a complimentary round of golf for four players at the fabulous Rio Secco Golf Course...or for you non-golfers - two spa services.More

Design students get eight weeks to transform travel icon
Washington State University
Six graduate students from the Interdisciplinary Design Institute at WSU Spokane were just introduced to an American icon in the travel industry — a 1958 Airstream Overlander trailer. They have eight weeks to delve into the world of travel trailers and transform the interior into livable space all while exploring the sustainability issues of today’s society and challenging the current image of the travel trailer industry.More

Are you a high potential?
Harvard Business Review
Some employees are more talented than others. That’s a fact of organizational life that few executives and HR managers would dispute. The more debatable point is how to treat the people who appear to have the highest potential. Some executives say that a company’s list of high potentials—and the process for creating it—should be a closely guarded secret. After all, why dampen motivation among the roughly 95 percent of employees who aren’t on the list?More