First of all, I would like to remind you that we have sent you an election campaign kit for your use at the grassroots level. It is always important for constituents to engage in dialogue with their potential Members of Parliament. Regardless of which party and candidate you will be voting for, this campaigning period presents a great opportunity for you to be heard as the voice of RVDA and to help shape public policy that will affect you and other dealers across the country.
The fall also marks the time for our RV Dealers International Convention / Expo being held in Las Vegas from November 2 – 6. The amazing lineup of new and returning speakers will not only give you more innovative ideas and new tools to up your game, but will also show you how to take in all the information to ensure you carry out an effective plan at home.
The regular education program is complete with focused training for dealer / GM, sales, service, parts, social media / e-marketing, rental, and F&I. On top of that, the Vendor Training +Plus sessions offer intense one- and two-hour sessions in F&I, marketing, sales, service, parts and management. The Convention is THE place where you get all the training you and your staff need under one roof. Contact the national office for a copy of the registration form.
This year, the RVDA of Canada will be holding a Board meeting and strategic planning session in August. This is a very important event for us as the planning session will enable the national board to develop strategic objectives to carry our association forward for the next few years. Input from the respective stakeholders has been sought and will ensure that we are truly addressing our members’ / dealers’ needs. Topics we will be reviewing will include the following:
- How is RVDA performing in delivering value to members?
- What issues, challenges, and trends are members, the industry, and RVDA facing that require a strategic response from the Association?
- What are the top priorities you foresee for the next few years?
We will produce a summary document this fall highlighting our key objectives.
The RVDA of Canada has once again supported an RV Service Technician Bursary program. We have just awarded another 23 bursaries this year to Canadian RV technicians. I would like to thank all of the technicians who applied. We had an overwhelming amount of applications and unfortunately not everyone could be a recipient this year, but I want to encourage all those technicians to continue pursuing their education and RV technician career paths and please apply again next year!
Mark your calendars for our Canada Night Dinner in Louisville which will be held on Monday, November 30th, this year. Of course, we will be presenting the 2015 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award; but we will also be featuring speaker Wendel Clark, who was one of the most beloved players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey! Plan on attending!
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
George Goodrick, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada