Gear up for an engaging episode of MC Fireside Chats, presented by Modern Campground. Join us as we unravel the dynamic and multifaceted world of outdoor hospitality. Our panel, comprising esteemed industry veterans, is poised to offer deep insights and a holistic perspective on the evolving trends and groundbreaking innovations shaping the campground sector.
Host Brian Searl will be joined by our regular panelists: Scott Knepp, Director of Operations for IVEE Group; Joe Duemig, founder of App My Community, Nate Thompson of KCN Campgrounds, Sean Vidrine, CEO of Four Points RV Resort, Whitney Scott, SVP of Strategy of Kampgrounds of America, Candice McNamara from Staylist and Greg Emmert Senior Consultant and Project Manager of Camp Strategy for another in-depth discussion about the campground industry.
Adding depth to our conversation, special guests Marcia Galvin, President of the Northeast Campground Association‘s Board of Directors, and Kaylee Pace, co-owner of Big Tex Campgrounds, will grace us with their presence.
Marcia will shed light on the supportive role they play for campgrounds and RV resorts in the Northeastern United States, highlighting their initiatives and impacts.
Meanwhile, Kaylee will offer a personal narrative on how she and her husband embarked on the journey of establishing Big Tex Campground, providing valuable insights and inspirations for aspiring campground owners.
Mark your calendars for this must-watch episode on January 17, 2024, at 2pm EST. Prepare to be informed, inspired, and invigorated by this compelling exploration of the camping world.
January 10 Episode Recap
In the latest episode of MC Fireside Chats, hosted by Brian Searl, an enlightening conversation unfolded among industry experts in the field of glamping and outdoor hospitality. The episode, marked as the first of 2024, featured Amanda Venezia of Glampology and Missy Fojtik from Daydreamer Domes. Brian, the founder and CEO of Insider Perks, steered the discussion, highlighting the evolving landscape of outdoor hospitality and the unique experiences offered by glamping.
Amanda Venezia shared her journey into the glamping industry, starting with her inspiring experience under canvas in Yellowstone. Based in Boston, Venezia faced challenges due to unpredictable weather and land availability, leading her to explore the mobile glamping route. She also innovated with indoor glamping parties for children, adapting to the limitations posed by the Boston climate. Her story underscored the importance of flexibility and adaptation in entrepreneurship, especially in the outdoor hospitality sector.
Missy Fojtik’s project, Daydreamer Domes, was another focal point of the discussion. Fojtik’s venture involved transforming an old golf course into a glamping site equipped with geodesic domes, a pink pool, modified containers, and a refurbished clubhouse offering various amenities. Fojtik’s journey highlighted the need for creativity, vision, and persistence in the face of regulatory and logistical challenges. Her emphasis on design and attention to detail in creating a unique guest experience resonated with the entrepreneurial spirit essential in this industry.
The conversation also delved into the personal challenges and insights gained by both entrepreneurs. Venezia discussed the balancing act between her full-time job and her glamping venture, while Fojtik detailed her navigation through local regulations and building codes. Both shared the necessity of resilience and strategic thinking, which are pivotal in shaping successful business models in the glamping sector.
The discussion transitioned to the vision and growth plans for both businesses. Venezia expressed her aspiration to expand Glampology’s services, with a particular interest in organizing women’s retreats and integrating her Reiki certification. Fojtik shared her ambition for Daydreamer Domes, aiming to create a space for diverse activities and community engagement. Their plans exemplified the dynamic nature of their projects and the ongoing evolution in their business strategies.
A significant part of the conversation centered around regulatory challenges in the glamping industry. Fojtik shared her experiences with local regulatory bodies, emphasizing the importance of strategic communication and understanding various standards, such as ADA compliance. Venezia talked about the complexities of obtaining liability insurance for her mobile glamping setup, highlighting a unique challenge in the industry.
The episode also touched upon the importance of learning from others in the industry. Both guests spoke about attending conventions and using resources like the Glamping Report to inform their strategies and offerings. They discussed how unique accommodations like domes can command higher prices due to their novelty and the experience they offer.
As the discussion continued, both guests explored the idea of expanding their services to create unique experiences for their guests. Venezia is exploring additional services like picnics and considering subcontracting for activities like palm reading. Fojtik discussed offering various activities, including foraging walks and Palm reading, to add value to her guests’ stay.
Towards the end of the episode, the conversation veered into personal interests and travel experiences. Venezia and Fojtik shared their travel stories and how these experiences influenced their perspectives on hospitality and business. They discussed the value of exploring different cultures and landscapes and how such exposure can inspire new ideas for their businesses.
The episode concluded with Brian Searl appreciating the valuable exchange of ideas and experiences between Amanda and Missy. He emphasized the importance of such conversations in enriching the understanding of the outdoor hospitality industry. The episode was a testament to the innovation, resilience, and creativity that define the glamping industry, showcasing how entrepreneurs are redefining the boundaries of outdoor hospitality.
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: https://moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats/