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30 • RV PRO • MAY 2016 rv-pro.com HENDERSON, Nev. – After almost going bust in 2008 during the height of the Great Recession, Priority RV Network has turned things around in a big way. The nationwide RV dealer network is on a growth spurt – a trend that's been going on for the past five years and shows no signs of slowing down, according to Corey Ruzicka, Priority RV's executive director. The growth that the dealer co-op is experiencing is reflected in several ways, including the dealer and vendor atten- dance at its annual conference, he says. Starting with 133 dealer members in attendance at its 2012 conference, turnout increased to 153 dealers in 2013, 175 dealers in 2014, 178 dealers in 2015 and 183 dealers at this year's event, which was held at the M Resort, Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nev., a suburb of Las Vegas. Meanwhile, vendor attendance at the dealer conference also has increased every year for the past five years, according to Katherine Brackett, Priority RV's event coordinator and executive administra- tive assistant. Starting with 18 vendors in 2012, vendor participa- tion grew to 24 in 2013, 27 in 2014, 28 in 2015 and 33 this year. "That's the largest (dealer) group that we've ever been and the Priority RV Bounces Back After a few tough years, the dealer group has revived its fortunes, as evidenced by the strong dealer and vendor attendance at its recent conference. By Garrison Wells Pat Leach (left), owner of Leach Camper Sales, won a raffle for a shirt from Ally Financial, one of the vendors at the Priority RV Network annual conference at the M Resort, Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nev. Pictured with Leach are (left-to-right): Bill Thompson, director of RV financing for Ally Financial; Corey Ruzicka, executive director Priority RV; and Kathrine Brackett, event coordinator and executive administrative assistant for Priority RV. This year's Priority RV conference drew a record number of dealers and vendors. PHOTOS BY GARRISON WELLS

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