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RVIA Announces Seminar Speakers for Annual Meeting

RVIA has finalized a lineup of compelling presentations for the RV Manufacturer/Supplier Forum, taking place the morning of March 6 at the association’s 2014 Annual Meeting, The group of speakers includes a noted economic expert, an acclaimed futurist and a panel of RV industry leaders.

Todd Bucholz will discuss his thoughts on the economy and where it is headed in the first session of the morning. He is a former director of economic policy at the White House, a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger Hedge Fund, and recently hosted his own special on CNBC. His editorials in the Wall Street Journal and commentaries on PBS correctly forecast the 2001 slowdown in the U.S., the 2008 pop in commodity prices, and the downgrade of the U.S. debt rating.

Following this session is “The Supplier View of the Industry,” a panel discussion featuring prominent members of the supplier community. The group of industry experts will discuss the rapidly changing environment of the RV industry, how they cope in this shifting landscape, and what they anticipate for the future. Panelists will include Russell Chick of Spartan Chassis, Inc.; Craig Floyd of TRC; Jeff Rodino of Patrick Industries; and Tim Stephens of Atwood Mobile Products.

The final seminar of the morning is titled “Entering the Shift Age,” David Houle will talk about the mega trends and forces that will shape our collective future and examine specific trends that will affect the RV industry. He is one of the nation’s top authors and bloggers on future related topics and is often called “the CEO’s futurist.” Houle was part of the team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News, has won two Emmy awards, and is a featured contributor on Oprah.com.

“This is a great lineup of seminar sessions that will offer Annual Meeting attendees the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers on topics that are extremely relevant for the industry,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.

RVIA’s Annual Meeting is taking place from March 4 – 8, 2014 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA.


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