RVDA NewsBrief
Oct. 20, 2010

SBA permanently increases RV dealer size standards for loan eligibility
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this month that the agency has permanently increased its RV dealer size standard to $30 million in annual revenue. Previously, only RV dealers with annual revenue under $7 million qualified for SBA programs. RVDA and its allies supported the size standards change.More

RV firm draws Winnebago's interest
Des Moines Register
Winnebago Industries said this week that it will explore buying SunnyBrook Manufacturing, a maker of towable RVs. Winnebago said it expects to decide by year's end, after completing a full analysis, whether to purchase SunnyBrook. A possible purchase price for the Middlebury, IN, company was not made public. Bob Olson, Winnebago's chief executive, said Winnebago began looking to acquire a company last year to help diversify sales. More

RV sales: An indicator that's no longer lagging
The RV industry, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, has had a bumpy road lately, but now it may be turning the corner. At Camp-Land RV in Burns Harbor, IN, about 40 miles southeast of downtown Chicago, owner Al Paschen says business is picking up. "We never had a losing year through all of this," he says, "and this year is turning out to be one of the better years we've ever had."More

Jim Summers Memorial Fund established
RVDA/RV Learning Center
An RVDA member who wishes to remain anonymous has offered to match dollar for dollar (up to $3,000) every RV Learning Center contribution made in memory of former RVDA Executive Vice President Jim Summers, who passed away on October 3, 2010. More

Winter Texans rolling in daily
The Brownsville Herald
Returning Winter Texans Bill and Judy Zorrer are not letting the national economic slowdown affect their plans to travel to the Rio Grande Valley this winter. The Zorrers have made the Fun N Sun RV Resort in San Benito their winter home for the past three years. This year they plan to stay in the Valley until April. "We sold our home and travel for a living now," Bill said. "We can’t let the economy or anything else get in the way of the way we live our lives."More

4 lessons in adaptive leadership
Harvard Business Review
The armed services have been in the business of leadership development much longer than the corporate world has. For more than two centuries, America has trained its officers to be effective leaders in combat and beyond; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point dates to 1802. But warfare has changed, and so has business. Military leaders need new tools and techniques to face a fast-changing and unpredictable type of enemy -- so the armed services train their officers in ways that build a culture of readiness and commitment. Business leaders need just such a culture to survive and succeed, given that they, too, face unprecedented uncertainty -- and new types of competitors.More