CONY elects new chairman

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Michael Papp, owner of West Canada Creek Campsites in Poland, N.Y., was elected by the membership to the chairmanship of the Campground Owners of New York (CONY) board of directors, the group announced today.

The election took place during the association’s annual meeting held Nov. 5 at the Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The annual meeting took place during CONY’s 48th Annual Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry, held Nov. 3 to 5.

Papp takes over the gavel from Scott Sherwood, owner of Spruce Row Campground and RV Park in Ithaca, N.Y., who stepped down after four years in the position. Sherwood will now serve on the CONY Board of Directors as immediate past chairman.

In praising the outgoing chairman, Papp remarked, “I want to thank Scott for being a great leader and a hard working member of our industry. His leadership brought about many changes including our new logo, our long range plan and a renewed vibe at CONY.”

Papp has served on the CONY Board of Directors since 2007, first as the Region 6 representative, and most recently as third vice chairman. He led the governance committee which worked on issues and projects related to membership, by-laws, nominations, and policies and procedures. He also chaired the long range committee, which recently spent 18 months producing a comprehensive strategic plan for CONY that now guides the association’s many functions.

As board chairman, he’ll lead the executive committee, which includes oversight of personnel, and ways and means.

“It is an honor to be entrusted by my fellow campground owners as the Chairperson of CONY,” said Papp. “I look forward to working with everyone to continue the great things that Scott, Don and the board of directors have started over the past four years as well as working hard to continue growing CONY both in memberships as well as membership benefits, and to keep increasing the value of the association our members.”

Donald G. Bennett, Jr., president and CEO of CONY, said, “I am looking forward to working with Mike and the entire CONY board to continue fulfilling the mission of CONY and to help realize our vision of being the leader in the outdoor hospitality industry.”

Campground Owners of New York, founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. Its board of directors is comprised of campground owners/managers representing twelve regions across the state, as well as an executive committee. The association’s headquarters and staff are based in Pittsford, N.Y.

Papp and his wife, Sandy, are parents to sons, Hunter and Jarrett. They just completed their seventh season operating West Canada Creek Campsites, an 85-site park along the banks of the West Canada Creek, in the town of Poland.

Papp has more than 30 years experience in the service and hospitality industry, including 17 years in the restaurant industry, which culminated in his position as a multi-unit supervisor overseeing 10 restaurants. After deciding to become part of the outdoor hospitality industry, he and Sandy spent two years as full-time RVers and served as work campers, investigating the business.

After a few more years working in the vacation rental business on Hatteras Island – where he rose to the position of vice president of marketing and general manager of Surf or Sound Realty, they sold their home in 2004 and purchased their campground.

Papp ran for chairman pledging to ensure that the value members get is increased through better membership programs, conferences, and zone meetings, and that the board of directors does a better job of communicating with the membership. He was sworn in Nov. 5 during the awards banquet held at the Exposition, and chaired his first board meeting Nov. 6.


Campground Owners of New York, founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State.

More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory – is available at

SOURCE: Campground Owners of New York press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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