(Dec. 30, 2010) — You can be young or old, male or female, experienced or as green as a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day. All we ask is that you be smart, energetic, honest and ready to have some fun and make some money.
(Dec. 28, 2010) — Hilmerson RV & Marine in Little Falls, Minn., is searching for a sales manager and sales people for its RV and marine store. Must be motivated and have references.
(Jan. 31, 2011) — Holiday World of Houston is seeking an experienced and highly skilled sales manager who desires long term career with a financially solid growing company. Candidate must have a strong motorhome background and a proven track record of leading, motivating, and coaching their team to maximize sales without sacrificing margin.
(Dec. 20, 2010) – Seattle-based regional manager can help you grow your business in 2010. I have 15-plus years experience in the recreation industry as a factory rep working hand in hand with dealers to increase retail and wholesale sales.
(Dec. 15, 2010) — Join the growing team of sales professionals at Campers Inn of Merrimack. You must be competitive, have great integrity, awesome people skills and the ability to network and have a strong desire to make a lot of money. Must be computer literate and willing to invest the time to serve our customers.
(Dec. 15, 2010) — Campers Inn of Raynham is seeking a talented service and parts manager to lead its growing service department. Must be computer literate and knowledge of IDS is preferred. Must have great communication skills and the desire to lead.
(Dec. 14, 2010) — Coulee Region RV Center, Inc., a dealership for over 20 years located in West Salem, Wisc., is seeking an experienced service manager to run and operate their service department. Existing service manager is retiring. The dealership is also looking for experienced RV techs.
The agony. The embarrassment. The shame of it all.
That’s the tone of a story about temporary workers at Amazon.com written by Jere Downs in the Louisville Courier-Journal the week before the National RV Trade Show took place in her very own community. You can read the full story by clicking here.
Downs was referring to the “economic refugees,” the “hard up retirees,” the “American gypsies,” the “migrant workers,” and the “unemployed with children” who shamefully and apparently have no other options in life but to live in an RV and move from community to community in search of “scarce job opportunities.” By God, they can’t even afford a decent place to live, these unfortunate souls who have lost their homes and are forced to live on the road “supplementing their depleted investments.”
What a crock of crap.
Some people say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
The consensus at this year’s National RV Trade Show among exhibitors I talked to – suppliers and manufacturers alike — is that current RV industry trade shows are approaching a level of insanity. They are insanely expensive, insanely time-consuming, and hardly worth the time, effort and money it takes to participate.
The top chart shows all of the various constituencies that registered for this year’s National RV Trade Show. The bottom chart clearly shows the problem with the show – the elephant in the room, if you will. Only four out of every 10 people at the show were the people exhibitors were really trying to reach. It should be seven out of 10.
There is no question that the trade show model is broken, probably beyond repair, but nobody has yet proposed a viable solution. What is urgently needed is a summit among officials of RVIA and RVDA, as well as a good sampling of supplier and manufacturers and, most importantly, RV dealers and other buyers whom everyone hopes will attend these shows.
The National RV Trade Show is often a very busy show featuring thousands of new products introduced by hundreds of RV manufacturers and suppliers. The show is always a great stage upon which the RV industry showcases its latest innovations.
This year, especially, it was obvious manufacturers and suppliers put their research and development divisions to the test – and they came through with flying colors.
I’ll admit right now that I didn’t see everything, but here are 12 items I did see that are excellent examples of the RV industry’s ingenuity and innovation.
If I left something out, feel free to submit your favorite example of innovation on display at this year’s National RV Trade Show.
(Dec. 6, 2010) — Ronnie Bocks Kerrville RV, a family-owned and operated full service RV dealership for more than 21 years in Kerrville, Texas, is seeking an experienced service manager to run and operate their service and parts center.
(Dec. 6, 2010) — Giant Recreation World is looking for an experienced flat rate RV technician to join its award winning service department. If you want to work in a happy sometimes hectic working environment, we would like to talk to you.