January '18

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EDITORS NOTE: 8 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com RVIA Show Hits & Misses W elcome to the January issue of RV PRO, featuring the magazine's annual RVIA Best of Show coverage plus coverage of the National RV Trade Show. On that note, I'd like to use my column this month to offer a few thoughts on hits and misses at the RVIA Show. Misses • The Pub Crawl Happy Hour. For the RVIA Show, stations were set up on the exhibit floor the evening of Nov. 28 where attendees could grab a drink (or two). Theoretically, attendees would travel from station to station, mingling with exhibitors along the way. Based upon what I observed, that didn't happen. I think if RVIA officials had provided a bit more direction to attendees it might have resulted in a more optimal outcome. • The Outside Lifestyle Pavilions. I should state here that I give RVIA a lot of credit for the idea behind this exhibit space, which was intended to showcase "lifestyle" exhibitors that could help dealers tap into new revenue streams. RVIA did secure a number applicable companies, and the partnership with Outdoors magazine was a nice touch. At the same time, the presence of exhibitors retailing traditional goods detracted from a coherent theme to the exhibit space. Additionally, the Pavilion space had a drab feel to it. Hits • The Top Tech Challenge. It's a sad fact that RV techs don't often receive the recognition they deserve. So, it was nice to see RVIA host the Top Tech Challenge, where eight technicians competed for top honors and the chance to win a $10,000 prize – and it was great to see a large crowd turn out to enthusiastically cheer on the top three contenders. Kudos to emcee Gary Bunzer for explaining the challenges the techs faced in an informative and engaging manner. • The awards ceremony at the Mercury Ballroom. Kudos go to RVIA, RVDA and RV Business for aggregating their previously separate awards ceremonies into one special night on Nov. 29. The event was well-orchestrated, giving award winners a special moment bask in their recognition. • RVIA Rock 'N' Roll Industry Celebration. After the awards ceremony, attendees had the chance to party on Fourth Street Live. It was a lively evening of food, drinks, great live music and games – most notably the Cash Cage, where thousands of dollars were literally up for grabs. It was a festive event and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. On the whole, I think it was a good show. I know RVIA officials are continuing to tweak the event to maximize value for exhibitors and attendees, so I'm already looking forward to seeing what kinds of improvements and changes show officials have planned for this next year's event. Bradley Worrell Editor brad@nbm.com P.O. Box 1416, Broomfield, CO 80038 (800) 669-0424 • (303) 469-0424 FAX (303) 469-5730 • rv-pro.com ©2017 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. RV PRO (USPS 024-712) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020.; (303) 469-0424; Fax (303) 469- 5730. Subscription rates in the U.S.: One year, $45; Two years, $80; Three years, $108; Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. funds); Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020-9998 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automat- able Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to RV PRO, PO Box 460702, Escondido, CA 92046-0702. All items submitted to RV PRO be- come the sole property of RV PRO and National Business Media, Inc. and cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Ad- vertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liabilities for printed advertisements in RV PRO. Opinions expressed in RV PRO may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine, its management or its advertisers. Letters, photographs and manuscripts welcome. NATIONAL BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. PRESIDENT & CEO Robert H. Wieber Jr. VICE PRESIDENT / FINANCE Kori Gonzales, CPA VICE PRESIDENT / INTEGRATED MEDIA John Bennett VICE PRESIDENT / PUBLISHING & MARKETS Dave Pomeroy VICE PRESIDENT / AUDIENCE Lori Farstad DIRECTOR OF IT Wolf Butler PUBLISHER: Chris Cieto (800) 669-0424, ext. 253 / ccieto@nbm.com EDITOR: Bradley Worrell (800) 669-0424, ext. 299 / brad@nbm.com MANAGING EDITOR: Travis O. Pryor (800) 669-0424, ext. 284 / tpryor@nbm.com DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR: David MacNeal (800) 669-0424, ext. 230 / dmacneal@nbm.com SENIOR ADVISOR: Mike Wieber ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: Jordyn Foos (800) 669-0424, ext. 212 / jfoos@nbm.com Ryan Moorhead (800) 669-0424, ext. 216 / ryan@nbm.com SALES SUPPORT: Ashley Banks (800) 669-0424 ext. 215 / abanks@nbm.com ART DIRECTOR: Kim M. Wright ADVERTISING DESIGN/PRODUCTION: Dayne Pillow MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER: Andrew Bennett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Dave Blower, Phillip M. Perry, Jesse Sidlauskas, K. Schipper, Chuck Marzahn and Mel Selway

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