Arizona ARVC convention hosts 65 park operators

LAVEEN, Ariz. — About 65 park operators, vendors and industry officials attended the Spring Convention of the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Arizona ARVC).

“We had a very good convention and great attendance,” Arizona ARVC Executive Director Jo Ann Mickelson said of the event, which took place April 26 at the Vee Quiva Resort & Casino in Laveen, Arizona. “Some parks brought three or four people.”

The convention included a seminar by Roxi Baxley of Port Angeles, Wash.-based Strait Web Solutions titled, “What could go wrong?”

John Sheedy of San Diego, California-based Park Brokerage Inc. led a seminar on buying and selling an RV park, while Melissa Parham of Williams, Zinman & Parham, P.C. in Scottsdale provided an update on current legislative issues affecting Arizona park operators.

New board members were also announced, including Danny O’Leary of Rincon Country RV Resorts in Tucson; Aroul Ramadoss, who owns Covered Wagon RV Park in Phoenix; and Jeff Crider, a longtime campground industry writer and publicist with Palm Desert, California-based Crider Public Relations Inc.

The convention also included Arizona ARVC’s annual awards competition. Winners included:

— Monte Vista Village RV Resort, Mesa, Mega Park of the Year

— La Hacienda RV Resort, Apache Junction, Large Park of the Year

— Gila Bend KOA, Gila Bend, Medium Size Park of the Year

— Barbara Stafford owner of Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe received the Jack Denton Memorial Award.

— Roxi Baxley, Strait Web Solutions, Supplier of the Year

Arizona ARVC also presented its first ever Lifetime Honorary Membership Award to Dr. Saundra Bryn, who sold her park, Desert’s Edge RV, in Phoenix a little over a year ago. Dr. Bryn has served on the Arizona ARVC Board of Directors since 2002.Arizona. ARVC’s convention was preceded by an evening crackerbarrel session led by Harvey Mickelson. The Mickelsons own and operate J & H RV Park in Flagstaff.

Sixteen vendors participated in the association’s tradeshow, including Crowley, Texas-based AGS / Texas Advertising; Coin & Professional Equipment Co., with offices in Phoenix and Tucson; Mt. Juliet, Tennessee-based Campground Automation Systems; Gerber Manufacturing Ltd.; Good Sam Network, based in Oxnard, California; Niagara Falls, Ontario-based Mission Management Information Systems; Austin, Texas-based Rowley Insurance; Dallas, Texas-based ReserveAmerica; Tucson-based SCS Communications; Plantation, Florida-based Southeast Publications, Austin, Texas-based TengoInternet; and Kingston, Washington-based Utility Supply Group.

Later this month, Arizona ARVC plans to release its 2018/19 Official Arizona RV and Campground Guide. Its 2017/18 Guide is available in digital format at

SOURCE: Arizona ARVC press release



Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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