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2018 RVIA Leadership Conference Schedule and Speakers Announced

RVIA has announced the 2018 Leadership Conference, the annual RVIA member meeting for the RV industry, held January 14-15, 2018 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, FL, will feature keynote speakers on the economy and innovation, as well as a special luncheon focused on challenges facing the 40 Under 40 leaders.

Opening the day on Monday, January 15 will be Peter Morici, an economist, emeritus professor of business at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the University of Maryland and a national columnist. His views appear regularly in MarketWatch, the Washington Times, other major metropolitan dailies throughout the United States and Canada, and on the website of Fox and others. Professor Morici will discuss the leading trends that will define the global economy over the next decade, key elements of the Trump Economic Program with an economic outlook for 2018 and 2019.

The Leadership Luncheon will feature a “40 Under 40” interactive session. RVIA will be asking the inaugural 40 Under 40 class to discuss the top challenges they are facing now and in the future. This will be a facilitated session that will spark conversations, generate solutions and provide tangible takeaways to implement throughout the industry.

On Monday afternoon, Josh Linkner, an internationally-recognized thought leader, New York Times Bestselling Author, and top-rated keynote speaker on innovation, creativity, reinvention, and hyper-growth leadership, takes the stage. As the founder and CEO of five tech companies, Linkner built his businesses from a blank page into a combined value of over $200 million. As a hyper-growth CEO of the past 20 years, he’s used innovative approaches to topple competitors, fight through adversity, and achieve success at the highest levels.

 “The RV Leadership Conference is vital in outlining industry trends, member initiatives as well as helping develop future leaders of the RV industry,” said Liz Crawford, RVIA senior VP of trade shows and events. “We’re excited to bring captivating speakers to address the industry, as we join to share best practices and discuss critical industry issues.”

The conference will be held at the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel & Marina, in downtown Tampa, Florida along the scenic waterfront. Executive management as well as the next generation of industry leaders are encouraged to attend to be a part of the impactful networking and educational opportunities. Attendees can register here as well as make hotel arrangements here.

Below is the 2018 RV Leadership Conference Schedule:

Sunday, January 14

8:00am – 5:00pm: RVIA Committee Meetings

6:00pm – 7:00pm: 2018 Leadership Conference Welcome Reception

Monday, January 15

7:00am – 8:00am: RV Leadership Conference Breakfast (sponsored by Newmar)

8:00am – 8:10am: Welcome: RVIA Chairman, Bob Parish

8:15am – 9:15am: Peter Morici: American Economist and Syndicated Columnist

9:15am – 9:30am: Treasurer’s Report: Kevin Phillips

9:30am – 10:00am: RVIA Rebrand: James Ashurst

10:00am – 10:30am: Break (sponsored by US Warranty Corp)

10:30am – 11:15am: President’s Report: Frank Hugelmeyer

11:15am – 11:30am: National Legislative Award: Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL)

11:30pm – 1:00pm: Luncheon: “40 Under 40” Interactive Session

1:00pm – 2:00 pm: Josh Linkner: Harnessing Innovation

6:00pm – 7:30pm: Chairman’s Reception

7:30pm – 9:30pm: Chairman’s Dinner Cruise aboard the “Yacht Starship” (sponsored by Thetford)

Tuesday, January 16

8:00 – 1:00pm: RVIA Board of Directors Meeting

2018 Leadership Conference sponsors to date include Dentons, Dometic, Erwin Hymer, Forest River, Lance, Newmar, Thor, Tiffin, and US Warranty Corp. Those interested in sponsoring should contact Liz Crawford at

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