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MC Fireside Chats to Air Live From the Glamping Show USA

The squad is set for another round of insightful discussion on the latest issues, trends, and stories happening in the outdoor hospitality industry on the October 5 episode of MC Fireside Chats—this time, broadcasting live from the Glamping Show USA 2022 in Colorado.

Join the Intrepid Group CEO and Director for Southwest Operations Randy Hendrickson, Horizon Outdoor Hospitality CEO Scott Foos, Campspot’s Vice President of Business Development Casey Cochran, Campground Views Founder and CEO Mark Koep, Camping Dreams Co-Founder Ivar Mensink, and RV industry advisor Sandy Ellingson next week as they provide their expert takes on the events that are influencing the outdoor hospitality industry today.

As most of the industry heads into the off-season, MC Fireside Chat’s panel of seasoned leaders and experts will look back at the challenges that they are seeing in the industry and how companies can address them and what potential opportunities they can tap into through to the coming year and beyond.

The October 5 episode of MC Fireside Chats is sponsored by Fireside Accounting, an end-to-end accounting services provider that provides bookkeeping to campgrounds, RV parks, and RV resorts.

It allows business owners to focus on developing their businesses. Through its detailed knowledge of outdoor hospitality operations and accounting best practices, the team at Fireside Accounting has developed a comprehensive set of services for all accounting needs.

September 28 Episode Recap

Previously on MC Fireside Chats, returning guest Susan Carpenter of the RV Women’s Alliance was joined by the Shyft Group’s Specialty Vehicles President Steve Guillaume, IVEE Management Group’s Director of Operations Scott Knepp, and Florida and Alabama RV Park and Campground Association’s (FARVC) CEO Bobby Cornwell.

The panel talked about disaster-preparedness in the industry and how RV park owners must be proactive in ensuring the safety of the staff and guests. 

Knepp noted that communication is one of the most important but difficult aspects when preparing for, during, and after a hurricane, adding: “Communicating often and early is needed to be prepared for changes and ensure they can relay important information during emergencies.”

During the episode, Guillaume also shared a bit about his work with the Shyft Group’s Specialty Vehicles business unit, growing their operations through innovation built on 40 years of industry expertise while keeping customer satisfaction as a top priority.

Cornwell discussed the contributions of the FARVC to RV parks and campgrounds in the state of Florida and Alabama, commenting that the association has consistently provided support like lobbying, networking, and other forms of support needed for the parks within the association.

“We helped pass a law to help parks rebuild infrastructure to their original state. We also help flow communication during important situations like hurricanes or where the staff and customers can stay during these situations.”

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. (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: https://moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats/


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