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34 • RV PRO • January 2020 rv-pro.com RV D E A L E R S LAS VEGAS – Anyone concerned that the RV Dealers Associ- ation Convention/Expo was falling into "the same old routine" need not have worried. The 2019 edition, hosted at Caesars Palace, featured several new exhibitors, new events and new educational topics that filled the days and early evenings with all things RV. According to RVDA President Phil Ingrassia, attendance for the show increased nearly 5 percent over last year's show at Paris Las Vegas. This year saw 1,701 in attendance. It was kind of hard to compare the two shows, given that the venue at Caesars Palace was considerably larger, but anecdotal evidence from those involved in the Expo signaled that those in attendance were at least more active, if not more numerous. But even with the growth, RVDA leaders would like to see more members in attendance so they can take advantage of the programs the Association offers that benefit dealers on all levels. New Chairman Ron Shepherd of Camperland of Oklahoma, who took the gavel from Mike Regan of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas, said he thinks there's plenty of room for more dealers to be in attendance. RVDA sees attendance rise and a number of new Expo exhibitors at its 2019 Convention/ Expo at its new Caesars Palace venue. By Travis O. Pryor Hail Caesars Outgoing Chairman Mike Regan of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas, (left) hands the gavel of office over to Ron Shepherd of Camperland of Oklahoma. PHOTOS BY TRAVIS O. PRYOR

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