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2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo: A Comprehensive Overview of Industry Advancements and Networking at Paris Las Vegas

The 2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo, held at the illustrious Paris Las Vegas, marked a significant gathering in the recreational vehicle (RV) industry. 

Spanning from November 6 to 10, this annual event, organized by the RV Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada, and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, served as a pivotal platform for dealers, manufacturers, and industry partners.

Despite a 10% decrease in attendance compared to the previous year, the event drew 1,645 registered dealers, exhibitors, and industry partners. This turnout underscored the event’s enduring relevance in an industry adapting to changing market dynamics and consumer preferences, according to a press release.

Under the stewardship of Chris Andro, chair of the RVDA Convention/Expo Committee, and the guidance of RVDA President Phil Ingrassia, the event was meticulously crafted to cater to a diverse range of dealer needs. Their leadership was instrumental in orchestrating an event that balanced educational enrichment with industry networking.

The Convention/Expo garnered substantial support from industry partners, a testament to its importance in preparing dealers for upcoming market challenges and opportunities. This collaboration highlighted the industry’s commitment to collective growth and advancement.

A highlight of the event was the election of Ryan Horsey as the 2023-24 RVDA chairman. Additionally, the convention was a stage for honoring excellence within the industry. 

Mike Regan of Crestview RV received the James B. Summers Award, the association’s highest honor, while Sherman Goldenberg and the late Dan Pearson were bestowed with Titan awards.

These awards recognized individuals who have significantly contributed to the RV industry. The RVDA Chairman’s Service Award, presented by outgoing chairman Nathan Hart, further acknowledged the dedication and efforts of industry veterans, including Chris Andro, Jeff Hirsch, Ryan Horsey, and Bob Martin.

The event’s educational aspect was highlighted through various workshops covering key dealership operations areas such as finance and insurance (F&I), digital marketing, fixed operations, sales, and general management. These sessions provided valuable insights and strategies for enhancing dealership efficiency and customer satisfaction.

The workshops, led by industry experts, offered practical solutions and innovative approaches to everyday challenges faced by dealerships. This focus on education and skill development was a cornerstone of the event, aiming to elevate the standard of dealership operations across the industry.

Another significant feature of the event was the Vendor Training +Plus sessions. These exhibitor-led workshops provided a unique opportunity for dealership management to stay abreast of the latest industry products and services, fostering a culture of continuous learning and adaptation.

The exhibition hall was a bustling hub of activity, showcasing the latest offerings from top companies in the RV industry. It provided a dynamic space for attendees to explore new products, engage in business discussions, and forge valuable connections, reinforcing the event’s role as a key networking opportunity.

Looking ahead, the next RV Dealers Convention/Expo is scheduled for November 11-15, 2024, at Paris Las Vegas. 

For those interested in partnership or sponsorship opportunities, Julie Newhouse can be contacted at (703) 364-5518 or [email protected]. The RVDA is located at 3930 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, reachable at (703) 591-7130.

Featured image from RV Dealers Association.

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February 13, 2024 10:03 am

Hey, did you know that at the 2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo in Vegas, they also had a cool keynote speaker discussing the future of RV technology and trends? Additionally, there were interactive panels focused on sustainable practices in the RV industry, providing valuable insights for dealers looking to align with eco-friendly initiatives. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

February 19, 2024 11:31 pm

I’m definitely amazed by the 2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo at Paris Las Vegas. It provided valuable insights and practical solutions for industry professionals. It’s motivating to see the commitment to equipping attendees with the tools for sustained success in the RV industry. Any guidance on how to stay updated on industry advancements?

March 17, 2024 4:38 am

Isn’t it cool to explore the latest RV industry trends and innovations at the 2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo? Imagine delving into cutting-edge technologies and market strategies shared by top industry pros. Join in on the educational workshops and Vendor Training +Plus sessions to gather handy insights and tools for boosting your dealership operations and achieving success in the vibrant RV market scene. Let’s journey together towards excellence!

April 15, 2024 5:21 am

The convention was a blast! It had cool panel discussions on RV industry trends. Networking was top-notch, making it easy to connect with fellow professionals. Great experience overall!

April 29, 2024 12:56 am

Did you hear about the 2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo? It was packed with awesome sessions and networking opportunities. Plus, that keynote speech on RV trends? Mind-blowing! Can’t wait for next year!


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