Furthermore, sales have started to regain momentum, meaning that RV dealerships have been abuzz with activity ensuring that people are able to enjoy the RV lifestyle.
One thing that I have noticed is that supply may be a bigger issue this year than over the past few. The US economy is doing well; wholesale shipment numbers are soaring; and demand is high. It will be even more important for dealers to have solid inventory management strategies in place come fall and the Open House season.
The fall season is the time for provincial association Annual General Meetings. You will find a list of current meeting dates, some including golf tournaments, on page 21 of the August member newsletter. I encourage you to participate in these events. This is your opportunity to hear first hand from your board of directors about the endeavours at the local level. This is your association so make sure your voice is heard, here is your opportunity to address issues important to you. It is also a great opportunity to stay connected with your fellow dealers and suppliers. Our supplier members take considerable time and sometimes expense to ensure that these events are sustained, so give them your support in return.
This fall we will again be hosting the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo but in an exciting new venue and at a time better suited for our members! Complete details including the agenda, hotel information, Vendor Training +Plus and exhibitor information can be found at www.rvda.org/convention. The next dealer registration deadline is August 29th so don’t delay in sending in your forms.
I would like to remind our dealer members to submit their updated Go RVing Canada tie-in dealer contracts. This optional and complimentary marketing tie-in program gives dealers access to the use of professionally-developed marketing materials connected to the national Go RVing Canada campaign. This program includes several different marketing tools such as images, video, logos, postcard mailers among others and will help you enhance the brand of your own dealership. Get your contract back in so that you can have access to these tools as well as the new Go RVing Canada poster that is being mailed out this summer.
In this edition of the newsletter you will find a registration form for our annual Canada Night Dinner in Louisville, being held on Monday, December 1st, 2014 at the Galt House. This year we will be featuring speaker Jon Montgomery.
Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton at the 2010 Whistler Olympics. He is also the host of the Amazing Race Canada and an RVer himself. Please find the registration form on page 17 of the August member newsletter (archived in the News section of the member website).
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Kyle Redmond, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada