TUCSON, Ariz. — When RVIA members gather this week for the 2016 Annual Meeting, they will do so at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort just outside of Tucson.
The setting is a fitting one for an industry that has climbed its way back to the top after declining from 2007 through 2009 when the economy began to weaken, the Great Recession took its grip and the beginning of the recovery was much slower than expected, said RVIA President Frank Huglemeyer.
“Now, as industry leaders gather to discuss association activities, attend informative seminars, and network with friends and colleagues, they are quite literally on top of the mountain,” he explained. “The arrive with strong sales, an imbued sense of customer service and product innovation, and a core commitment to confront together issues and problems as they arise.”
“I’m excited for my first annual meeting as president,” said Huglemeyer, who began serving Oct. 1 after succeeding Richard Coon.
“Dove Mountain is an idyllic western setting for those who want to network on the deck or on the world class golf course,” he explained. “And inside, there will be plenty of activities, from committee meetings to presentations by two timely guest speakers.”
Today will be “arrival day” for this year’s annual meeting, with an executive committee meeting in the morning, and a board of directors’ meeting in the afternoon. The registration desk will be open for all attendees between 1 and 6 p.m. Mountain time, and the welcome reception will be held that evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
March 1 is the jam-packed core day of the annual meeting, with breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m., followed by the membership meeting from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
After a refreshment break, attendees will hear from renowned futurist Jack Uldrich at 11 a.m., whose presentation is titled “The Big AHA.”
Lunch will be followed by a very timely 1 p.m. presentation on presidential politics and the outlook for the economy by pollster Neil Newhouse. March 1 also happens to be the day of the 2016 version of “super Tuesday,” in which voters from 15 states, many in the south, will be making their presidential primary choices.
After an afternoon break, the annual chairman’s reception will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed immediately by the chairman’s dinner.
The annual meeting will be a wrap March 2 with departures and RVIA Activity Day, including an opportunity to play Jack Nicklaus’ signature design Tucson golf resort at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain, with tee times available from 9 to 9:40 a.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is a scenic Tucson resort that blends majestically into its Sonoran Desert and Tortolita Mountain setting. The hotel recently received the World’s Best Award for No. 1 hotel in Arizona, No. 10 hotel in the continental United States, and Top 100 Hotels Overall in 2012 by Travel & Leisure.
Sponsors of the annual meeting include:
- TCF Inventory Finance
- Dicor Corporation
- Patrick Industries
- Cummins Power Generation
- Forest River
- Thetford Corporation
- Thor Industries
- Freightliner Custom Chassis
- Kentucky Exposition Center
- Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
SOURCE: RV Industry Association bulletin