About MaryArlington

You can learn more about me on my website, or on this page: https://mmccinc.wordpress.com/about/.

Professional Affiliations & Involvement Paid Off

Without a doubt, my involvement in my industries significantly improved my business. We began our involvement nearly 3 years before our purchase. Both the RV park and my role a campground owner benefited greatly, from inception of the idea to the day we sold. Continue reading

Tough Times Come Around Now & Then

Preface: This was written in the name of transparency. This openness and honesty to my clients and colleagues by no means has hidden hints about plans to leave or change my career (no such plans are in the works or dreams). And I don’t seek pity. I share to enlighten and to be understood.

I recently found a note from August 2016: “I’ve been Colorado’s executive director for nearly a year now and the energy has waned, the desire remains, but the rejuvenation is needed.” Continue reading

A Dream Job?

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

Evaluating the Value of Your Business

ValueMy 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

Associations are for Building Up, Not Tearing Down

ladder_shutterstock_151567130During 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

Where Are My Long Lost Colleagues? 

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