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MC Fireside Chats: Glamping Industry Experts Return to Reflect on 2022

Next week’s episode of MC Fireside Chats will be taking a look back at another year full of unique challenges and opportunities in the glamping industry. 

Returning next week are recurring guests American Glamping Association Founder Ruben Martinez, Outside Capital Founder and Managing Principal David Smith, The Fields of Michigan Founder and CEO Irene Wood, Firelight Camps Owner and CEO Bobby Frisch, Clockwork Glamping and RV Resort Design Lead Zach Stoltenberg, and Sage Outdoor Advisory Vice President for Outdoor Hospitality Connor Schwab.

They will be talking about what new things they learned from the year that passed and what glamping business owners can take with them for 2023.

The group will be joined by special guests Moliving founder and CEO Jordan Bem, and Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat owners John and Nancy Corcoran where they will discuss their experiences working in the glamping industry as well as the key trends they are seeing heading into the new year.

Next week’s episode of MC Fireside Chats airs on December 14, 2022 at 2 pm EDT and will be sponsored by Horizon Outdoor Hospitality, a comprehensive third-party management and consulting solutions provider for RV Resorts, RV Parks, campgrounds, glamping sites, and outdoor destinations.

From capital fund holdings to individual owners and operators, Horizon Outdoor Hospitality offers a tailored approach to each property, ensuring innovative and effective solutions to find efficiencies and increase revenue regardless of the size, location, or market of the business.

December 7 Episode Recap

This week’s episode of MC Fireside Chats was hosted by special guest Jenna Celmer, President, Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer of Basecamp, filling in for the usual hosts Brian Searl and Cara Csizmadia.

Celmer was joined by returning guests Intrepid Group CEO Randy Hendrickson, Horizon Outdoor Hospitality CEO Scott Foos, Campspot Vice President for Business Development Casey Cochran, Campground Views Founder and CEO Mark Koep, and RV industry advisor Sandy Ellingson for an open discussion on the outdoor hospitality industry, reflecting on the topics of experiential hospitality and work culture.

Celmer prompted the experts to discuss their fondest memory of their time in the industry with most of the group looking back at how they started in the industry and falling in love with the industry’s work culture.

Hendrickson noted how the “care gene” of the industry keeps him moving forward with Foos adding that it is vital to have that team-first mentality and ensure that team members are well taken care of. 

“The more that you really think about investing in your team, and the more that you truly understand that your team drives your business,” Foos said.

The conversation on having a people-focused mindset in the industry moved to how it is carried over into the client-facing aspect of the business and how the industry is striving to provide quality guest experiences.

Cochran explained that creating a culture and providing the “experience” starts within the staff and team members. 

“We are moving into a season where we are competing across so many different kinds of markets now, especially with the growth of glamping and some of the things we’re seeing there, that understanding the definition of experiential Camping and understanding what that is is super important just to help get the guests there for the first time,” commented Ellingson. 

To add to this Koep emphasized that effectively communicating with guests is key in order to provide a unique experience. 

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, and Cara Csizmadia, member services coordinator at the Canadian Camping & RV Council (CCRVC).

Airing live every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (EDT), 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: https://moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats/

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February 24, 2024 1:40 pm

I’m thoroughly looking forward to the upcoming MC Fireside Chats episode! It promises to uncover the latest sustainability practices and trends in glamping. I’m intrigued to gain insight into how guest experiences are evolving, embracing tech and wellness.


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