Vacations

Take a vacation? What’s that look like?

Usually my blog posts are about business operations or management, but how about the health of the business owner? Maybe my story will give you some healthy ideas (if the reflections section is too lengthy for you, move on to the next section). Continue reading

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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

Texting Your Off-Duty Employees

image1Texting. 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

An Honor Earned By Many

State Leadership Award

2017 State Leadership Award presented by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

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),
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I Was Approached Again

SD LogoChange 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