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MC Fireside Chats: Exploring Innovation and Technology with Aero Build and DM Vans

Set a reminder for an engaging episode of MC Fireside Chats on April 24th, 2024, at 2 PM EST. We’ll be uncovering new trends and providing fresh insights into the RV and outdoor recreation industries. Join us for a lively discussion that promises to enlighten and inspire!

The upcoming episode of MC Fireside Chats is set to be especially enlightening, featuring an impressive lineup of special guests. Brian Fuente, CEO and Founder of Aero Build, and Dave Ramsay, CEO of DM Vans, will share their unique insights. 

Additionally, our host, Brian Searl, will be joined by familiar faces: Phil Ingrassia, President of the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA); Eleanore Hamm, President of the RVDA of Canada; Shane Devenish, Executive Director of the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association; and Susan Carpenter from the RV Women’s Alliance. Together, they will offer a diverse range of perspectives on the latest industry trends.

This episode is proudly sponsored by AccessParks, the premier broadband service provider serving numerous guests in RV parks, lodges, and national parks nationwide.

April 17th Episode Recap

In the latest episode of MC Fireside Chats, hosted by Brian Searl, a dynamic conversation unfolded featuring insights from leaders in the outdoor hospitality industry. The session began with Brian introducing the context for the discussion, emphasizing the series’ dedication to exploring real-world experiences and strategies from campground owners and industry experts.

Richard Chandler, a seasoned campground owner, shared his unique approach to business, focusing on community engagement over immediate profit. He elaborated on hosting a significant annual music festival that, while not particularly profitable, greatly enhanced community ties and visibility for his campground. Richard’s strategy revolves around providing value and enrichment to the campground experience, which he believes will pay off in the long run in terms of loyalty and reputation.

Craig Alsup contributed to the conversation by discussing the transformations he has implemented at his campground. Having purchased a previously failing campground, Craig turned the business around through strategic improvements and active marketing. His efforts have resulted in increased occupancy and revenue, highlighting the potential for success with the right strategies and execution.

Bobby Sorden introduced the platform Supplier Spot, designed to connect campground owners with suppliers and facilitate resource trading. This platform serves as a critical tool for improving operational efficiencies and fostering industry connections, demonstrating a significant leap towards modernizing campground operations.

Candace McNamara from Staylist provided an overview of the technological advancements available to campground owners. She discussed how their platform could help streamline operations, from reservations to point-of-sale systems, and emphasized the importance of adopting technology to enhance guest experiences and operational efficiency.

Greg Emmert, co-founder at Camp Strategy, offered consultancy insights, focusing on the potential for campgrounds to increase revenue by leveraging underutilized assets. Greg’s advice centered on custom solutions that address the specific needs and potential of each campground, advocating for a tailored approach to business improvements.

Throughout the discussion, the speakers shared personal anecdotes and strategies, enriching the conversation with practical advice and real-life examples. The importance of community-focused activities was a recurring theme, with Richard detailing his approach to hosting events that, while not immediately profitable, build long-term value for guests and the broader community.

Marketing strategies were also a focal point, with Craig discussing how targeted advertising and community engagement helped fill his sites. Bobby’s platform, Supplier Spot, was highlighted as a valuable resource for finding and utilizing suppliers effectively, illustrating the benefits of networked solutions in the industry.

Technology’s role in modernizing campground operations was emphasized by Candace, who pointed out the various ways campground owners can integrate systems to enhance efficiency and guest satisfaction. Greg supported this by detailing how consulting can help identify profitable improvements that align with a campground’s unique characteristics and market position.

The episode wrapped up with a broader discussion on the financial aspects of running a campground, with Richard candidly sharing his financial strategies and future goals. The conversation also touched on innovative ideas like selling back solar energy, showcasing the diverse and evolving nature of campground management challenges and solutions.

About MC Fireside Chats

MC Fireside Chats is a weekly show devoted to the outdoor hospitality industry. The show is hosted by Brian Searl, the founder and CEO of Insider Perks and Modern Campground. 

Airing live every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET), MC Fireside Chats features guests from the camping and RV industry who share their take on the current state of the camping, glamping, and RVing sectors as well as upcoming innovations in RV parks, campgrounds, outdoor resorts, glamping, and the RV industry.

To listen to previous episodes of MC Fireside Chats, visit: moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats.

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Barbara Scott
Barbara Scott
April 19, 2024 11:45 am

I’m thrilled about the upcoming MC Fireside Chats episode! Brian Fuente and Dave Ramsay will share fresh insights on RV innovation. Can’t wait for the chat on April 24th!

April 19, 2024 3:08 pm
Reply to  Barbara Scott

Whoa, you’re up on all the latest stuff! It’s like you’re tuned in before the rest of us! Those new materials you’re talking about sound right up our alley. We’re definitely on the same wavelength when it comes to innovation and tech!

May 11, 2024 9:31 pm

You have got to hear about the latest MC Fireside Chats episode! Aero Build and DM Vans are bringing some seriously cool sustainability and guest comfort innovations to outdoor hospitality. It’s like a breath of fresh air!


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