The Virginia Campground Association (VCA), a trade organization for campground owners in the state, has introduced Ken Gedicke as its new executive director.
The appointment came as previous Director Emily Peck, who has worked with the association for six years, decided to step down from her position to focus on her rescue efforts and running her equestrian business.
“I care for 100+ animals and train over 20 riders, so I felt it was in the best interest of the association to pass leadership along to someone with the time you all deserve,” she expressed in a member email sent on Friday.
“I have enjoyed working with you all these past couple of years and look forward to seeing everyone around! Please give a warm welcome to Ken, your new director,” she added.
The new director, who comes to the position with years of experience in the camping industry, said he is looking forward to working with campgrounds to grow the association.
In his first statement as executive director, Gedicke outlined his goals for the organization. He will be setting up regional visits throughout the year, where he will visit member campgrounds and prospective campgrounds.
With Gedicke at the helm, VCA is set to continue helping its members improve their experience as campground owners.
Gedicke is the outgoing director’s father, and he has been involved with the VCA since May 2005. In 2006, he joined the board of directors and remained until June 2021, the year he sold his campground (Jellystone Park at Gloucester Point).
Moreover, the new executive director served as a vice president on the board from 2017 to 2021.
As he transitions into the position, Gedicke will be sending out emails and posting on social media to serve the information needs of members.
In closing, he thanked the board of directors for his appointment.
“Thank you to the Board of Directors for placing their confidence in me to serve as the executive director of the Virginia Campground Association. I look forward to working with board and membership to improve the association as well as promote the great benefits of camping in Virginia.”