OHI has announced the results of its recent Board of Directors election. This development, coinciding with the 2023 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) in Kansas City, MO, marks a pivotal moment for campground and RV park owners, as well as outdoor hospitality operators across the nation.
The election, a key event leading up to the OHCE held from November 5-9, culminated in the announcement and swearing-in of new board members at the annual Membership Meeting on November 9. This change in leadership is expected to bring fresh perspectives and renewed vigor to the industry.
John Sheedy of Park Brokerage and Jed Wood from Blue Rocks Campground are the newly elected board members. Their three-year term, set to end in 2026, positions them as influential figures in shaping the future of outdoor hospitality.
Ed Miller from Rush No More RV Park, Resort, Cabins & Campground, and Jim Button of OHE, Evergreen Campsites, will continue their contributions to the board, having been re-elected for a second three-year term. Their ongoing involvement ensures continuity and the retention of valuable experience within the board.
Barb Krumm of Ocean Lakes Family Campground also joins the board for her first full three-year term. Her election follows a period of filling a vacated term.
The board’s Executive Committee saw the election of Joe Moore, CPO, OHE as chair, with Jim Button, OHE as vice Cchair. Charles Amian, CPO, OHC takes on the role of second vice chair, with Jeff Hoffman as treasurer and Brian Saunders, OHM as secretary. This committee is crucial in steering the board’s strategic direction and ensuring that the interests of the broader outdoor hospitality community are represented.
The composition of the board reflects a diverse range of expertise and backgrounds, crucial for addressing the multifaceted challenges and opportunities within the outdoor hospitality industry. From campground consulting to RV resort management, the board’s members bring a wealth of experience to their roles.
This leadership change comes at a critical time for the industry, as campground and RV park owners, along with outdoor hospitality operators, navigate a rapidly evolving landscape. The new board’s guidance will be instrumental in addressing emerging trends, technological advancements, and the changing needs of campers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Moreover, the appointment of new leaders within OHI’s Young Professionals group underscores the organization’s commitment to nurturing future talent. Erica Edmonds from Thousand Palms RV Resort (FL) and Ashley Migliaccio from Hidden Acres Family Campground (CT) are set to lead this group, focusing on professional development and innovation in the sector.
For campground and outdoor hospitality operators, the new board composition offers a promise of dynamic leadership attuned to the current and future needs of the industry. The blend of experience and new perspectives is poised to drive growth, sustainability, and enhanced customer experiences in outdoor hospitality.
As the industry continues to evolve, the role of OHI and its leadership remains pivotal. The organization’s focus on representing and advocating for the interests of campground and RV park owners, as well as outdoor hospitality operators, is more critical than ever. The newly elected board members and leaders are set to play a key role in shaping the future of outdoor hospitality, ensuring that the industry not only adapts to change but thrives in the face of it.
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