Since selling my RV park, there’s no longer a sign on the door with set hours, nor a door chime that dings when someone walks in. My RV park was open 365 days of the year. It was a grand career, but I was tethered to it. The hours I now keep as an industry management and marketing consultant are based on my schedule, not on my customers! Actually, some call this a “dream job.” Continue reading
My career now has me more focused on associations than individual businesses so when someone who wants to sell their business asks me how to set their asking price, or maybe whether an offer should be accepted, I defer to appraisers and brokers and to other industry consultants. Still, for the duration of that call, I listen so I can maybe offer various perspectives for them to consider. After all, Continue reading
During my 19 years in the outdoor hospitality industry, I’ve experienced and witnessed countless examples of goodwill, kindness, generosity, compassion and support. Sadly, I’ve also witnessed harsh words of judgment when someone Continue reading
Every year as I look at the sea of faces at our industry conferences I’m always excited to see my industry friends and meet the newcomers. Sadly, I see fewer and fewer of those who attended when I was a campground owner and those who sat together when I served on the national association’s Continue reading
Texting. What a grand invention! WOW, now we can text our employees anytime to get an answer, without them having to come back into the office.
WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!
This is wrong on so many levels, and yet Continue reading
In light of the community within the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds honoring me with the 2017 State Leadership Award, I’m thanking all of the members of the state associations in which I have the role of Executive Director. They gave me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.
You may not know that I didn’t seek these positions. In recent years (and in one case, weeks),
Change is in the air in South Dakota. As for me, it’s an honor to have been asked to be a part of that change!
Yes, I’m now managing yet another association of campground owner. Continue reading