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CONY Exposition to Include a Buyers Workshop

Attend one or both dynamic events to learn more about the outdoor hospitality industry.
 
Pittsford, New York — September 29, 2022 Campground Owners of New York (CONY), the trade association for independently owned campgrounds in New York State, is set to host its 59th annual Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry, from October 30 – November 2, 2022, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The theme of this year’s Exposition is, “Recreation Readiness and Rejuvenation,” focusing on three core concepts – strategies, forward thinking, and readiness. The Exposition will take place Monday, October 31 – November 2, and include a series of educational seminars and a trade show with industry vendors. A tour of the State Capitol is also planned.  

Suzanne Hopkins, CONY’s Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, encourages current campground owners and staff to attend, as well as those considering buying or building a campground. “This is one of our strongest Expos yet, in terms of the expert speakers and informational content. We’ll cover everything from legal issues to marketing and branding, infrastructure upgrades including EV charging stations, and the best investments to make in your parks.”

The keynote address, “Own the Future - How You Can Adapt to a Changed World,” will be delivered by Mark Koep, Owner of Campground Views, Inc., and a host of a popular Facebook group for campground owners and managers with over 3,200 members.

A lodging room block with limited availability has been set aside at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. The registration link is on the Exposition website, accessible at www.CampNewYork.com/events.

Registration for the Exposition is $250 per person and includes all meals and materials. Vendors are also invited to attend, with table spaces starting at $575, and additional sponsor opportunities available. For more information about the Exposition, visit www.CampNewYork.com/events.

A new event has been announced, to be held in conjunction with the Exposition. The Buyers Workshop is set for Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 12:30pm – 5:30pm, at the Renaissance Albany Hotel, 144 State St., Albany, NY (adjacent to the convention center). Registration for the Buyers Workshop is separate from Exposition registration, but attendees are encouraged to register for both events.

The Buyers Workshop is geared toward individuals interested in directly owning and operating a campground or RV park, and will feature a panel of experts covering a variety of topics including:

  • How to find a park, and things to look for.
  • Legal issues and best practices.
  • Broker tips.
  • Rebranding a park.
  • Financing, insurance, and other buyer considerations.
“I think the panel that is coming together is literally the best people in the business in every category,” says Cathy Reinard, licensed realtor for Taylor Made for Your Towne, one of the panelists. “We have people that have really made a name for themselves in their fields and are well-known in the outdoor hospitality industry for their expertise, knowledge, and care for their clients.”

Guest panelists include:
  • Cathy Reinard, exclusive realtor for KOA’s “Own a KOA” Program, as well as a licensed realtor for Taylor Made for Your Towne, specializing in campground and RV park sales.
  • Paul Bosley, owner, Business Finance Depot.
  • Christine Taylor, Partner, The Towne Law Firm, P.C. in Albany, NY, with a practice focus in the areas of hospitality, business, labor and employment, real estate law, estate planning, and litigation.
  • Irene Jones, Program Development Manager and Sales Executive and Marshal & Sterling Insurance.
  • Mark Koep, Founder & CEO, Campground Views, Inc., and moderator of a popular Facebook page for campground operators.
Attendees of the CONY Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry may register for the Buyers Workshop for free.  Otherwise, the Buyers Workshop fee is $150 per person, or $225 per couple.  

For more information about either event and to register visit www.CampNewYork.com/events.

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About Campground Owners of New York: Established in 1963, CONY is the trade association that represents independent campgrounds and RV parks in New York. Based in Pittsford, CONY provides education, government affairs, and marketing services for campgrounds, including hosting www.CampNewYork.com, a travel planning website, and publishing a printed magazine of New York campgrounds.
 

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