The North American campground industry mourns the loss of a stalwart figure, David Gorin, who passed away on June 11 at the age of 78.
Gorin’s pioneering efforts were instrumental in shaping the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (National ARVC), an organization that stands today as a testament to his vision and leadership.
In a press release, Paul Bambei, the current President & CEO of National ARVC, paid tribute to Gorin’s significant contributions, stating, “David had an enormous influence on National ARVC and our industry in general,”
“He will always be remembered as National ARVC’s first Executive Director who saved the association in its early, formative years when financial solvency was uncertain.”
In the late 1980s, Gorin embarked on a transformative journey to restructure the National Association of Campground Owners (NCOA) into what is now known as the National ARVC. His efforts resulted in a robust organization that champions the interests of the commercial park industry in government affairs, education, and marketing across the United States.
Jeff Sims, senior director of National ARVC’s State Relations and Program Advocacy, fondly remembered his time with Gorin.
“While we spent numerous years together professionally, I think the thing I enjoyed most were those times where we would just sit and visit about our personal lives and our families,” Sims shared.
“He will certainly be missed.”
Gorin’s tenure as the association’s chief executive from 1987 to 2001 was marked by significant milestones.
He was instrumental in establishing an industry-wide Model Code of national building code standards for campgrounds and RV parks.
These standards, initially outlined in the American National Standards Institute Code Section 1194, were later incorporated into the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, reflecting Gorin’s commitment to safety and regulation in the industry.
Under Gorin’s visionary leadership, several key initiatives were launched. These include the establishment of the National School of RV Park and Campground Management, an educational institution dedicated to fostering industry expertise.
He also spearheaded the launch of GoCampingAmerica.com, a platform promoting the joys of camping across America. Furthermore, Gorin was the driving force behind the creation of the National Foundation for RVing and Camping, now known as the ARVC Foundation, a testament to his enduring commitment to the industry.
Gorin’s life will be celebrated in a funeral service at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key on June 14. This will be followed by a graveside service and reception at Palms Memorial Park in Sarasota.
David Gorin’s legacy in the North American campground industry will continue to inspire and guide future generations. His life and work serve as a beacon for those committed to the growth and development of the RV parks and campgrounds industry.