RVDA NewsBrief
Aug. 4, 2010

New speakers highlight RVDA convention education program
RV Learning Center
The RVDA Convention/Expo Committee reviewed over 100 proposals, more than ever before, and selected the best and most valuable workshops for this year’s program. Many of these workshops will be presented by new speakers. Register by Aug. 6 for your best rate. More

Drew Industries posts higher 2Q income on RV sales
Business Week
Drew Industries Inc., which makes components for RVs and manufactured homes, said its net income more than tripled in the second quarter due to improving RV sales. The company said sales in its RV segment rose 83 percent during the quarter, citing market share gains and new product introductions.More

RV travel sees no recession in Idaho
Idaho Statesman
Kampgrounds of America said camper registrations climbed 7 percent between May 1 and July 15 compared with the same period last year. And reservations at Idaho state parks are up 15 percent this fiscal year over the previous year, according to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. More

Family off to see America - in an RV
Tampa Bay Online
Imagine selling everything: the cars, the perfect house, the furniture, the books, the kids' toys. Now imagine being debt free: no mortgage, no car payments, no credit cards. It's stretching it, but now try to imagine packing your remaining clothes and taking off with four preteens in a 31-foot recreational vehicle to travel the country. For a year. More

Hospital CEO keeps home on the road
Wheeling News-Register
As a way to save his company and clients money, Jan Jennings, interim chief executive officer of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp., lives in an RV at the trailer park in Bridgeport, OH. This isn't your average RV. The large vehicle, nicknamed Shamu, is worth about $200,000, Jennings said. It contains solid wood cabinetry, tiled floors, a kitchen with stove, sink, microwave and small table, a full shower and separate bathroom, a living area with two leather couches that fold out into beds, and a bedroom in the rear with a full-sized bed and entertainment system.More

Vintage and contemporary dealership photos needed for RVDA's 40th Anniversary video
RVDA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary of serving RV dealers in 2010. To mark this important milestone, RVDA is developing a commemorative video and will publish special sections in RV Executive Today magazine featuring photos of the events and people that shaped RVDA’s first four decades. RVDA is inviting dealer members and their business partners to submit vintage and contemporary photos for the project by Aug. 6.More

Four things groups want that leaders can't give -- and one they can
Harvard Business Review
Emerging group experiences have predictable dynamics, whether they are new project teams, training and development programs, wilderness experiences, or just people learning new jobs. People form relationships based on first impressions and sometimes-false hopes, find that things haven't gone as imagined, and then struggle through confusion and misunderstanding to create their own positive norms that help them work effectively. The best leaders help people through these stages only to find some common issues popping up -- things people seem to want that even the best leaders can't provide.More