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Attendees at National RV Trade Show challenged to let chaos create opportunity

By Ronnie Garrett LOUISVILLE, Ky. — While some people were still recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday, those in the RV industry had little time for such matters as they gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, at 7 a.m., Nov. 28, to hear keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche tell them how to be better and faster in 2018. Gutsche’s talk officially kicked off the 2017 National RV Trade Show, touted as the largest annual industry gathering of RV manufacturers and component suppliers. The event, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) from Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, started the day before with a gathering of media professionals, who were given a sneak preview of the week’s events. Here, RVIA president Frank Hugelmeyer boasted that the show offers 1.2 million square feet of display space featuring the latest and greatest that RV manufacturers and suppliers have to offer. The show is growing, with Hugelmeyer pointing out that there were 40 new exhibitors in the Outside Lifestyle Pavilion and more than 2,700 dealers in attendance, including 700 first-time dealer attendees. “This is all part of celebrating what is an incredibly exciting industry to be a part of,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure the show reflects the excitement and the energy we are seeing every day at both the dealer levels and in our manufacturing facilities.” Today, Gutsche talked at the annual Outlook 2018 breakfast where industry leaders looked toward the year ahead and predicted where the industry is headed. Go RVing and REV Group were represented, and their outlook noted that the age of RVers entering the industry is lower, with millennials entering in droves. Chad Reese told attendees that Go Rving is uniquely poised to take the industry to the next level, with 20 years behind them and much knowledge to propel the industry forward. “Go RVing brings the RV lifestyle to consumers,” which in turns, he said, helps you sell RVs. Tim Sullivan from the REV Group noted that the company saw $3 billion in sales in 2017 and attributed much of its growth to RVs. He noted that the company’s collaborative efforts and innovation enabled it to roll out the company’s first hybrid, wheelchair accessible van, and promised more innovations to come. And, Gutsche, a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning innovation expert, and the CEO of Trend Hunter, told attendees that while …

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Davey Blackburn to speak at RVI Prayer Breakfast

(Nov. 17, 2017) -- Attendees of the National RV Trade Show are invited to attend the RVI Prayer Breakfast on NOV. 29 to hear Davey's journey from despair and hardship to hope and healing, and learn how he discovered firsthand that God has a bigger purpose for our pain.

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New Polar Series debuts at Thetford/Norcold RVIA Booth

(Nov. 21, 2017) -- “We’re excited about our booth and presenting new products to attendees,” said Andy Bialorucki, director of marketing. “We’re also excited about the new things that RVIA is offering this year and we’re taking advantage of their new programs to help promote our brand.”

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2017 National RV Trade Show showcases growing industry trends

(Nov. 17, 2017) -- The 2017 National RV Trade Show, the largest industry gathering of RV manufacturers and their component parts suppliers, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), scheduled for Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., will showcase some of the leading and emerging trends impacting the $27 billion-dollar RV industry.

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RVIA announces first annual 40 Under 40 award winners

(Nov. 15, 2017) -- “We are proud to salute the achievements of these individuals who exemplify leadership at their companies, show a sense of community, inspire others and help support the industry through their efforts,” said Liz Crawford, RVIA senior vice president, trade shows and events. “These individuals strive to better themselves, their company and our growing industry.”

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Podcast 159 features RVIA’s Liz Crawford

(Nov. 9, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Liz Crawford, the vice president of meetings and shows for the RV Industry Association. This is the second year she has been planning RVIA shows and she explains what happened in California this year and what she expects will happen in Louisville, Ky., in less than three weeks. She describes the major events that will take place this year in Louisville, including the first-ever tech competition as well as a special event honoring the Top 40 people under 40 years of age. The city of Louisville is also helping to sponsor a celebration in the downtown area after the second full day of the show. Crawford also talks about what people can expect at this year’s Outlook breakfast, an annual event that kicks off the National RV Trade Show at 7 a.m. Nov. 28.

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