Resilience in Difficult Times
From the Desk of Kim Zablocky
As of today, RVCF Annual Fall Conference is a go! This will be our 20th Anniversary Conference, and no virus, plague, war, locust or pestilence will stop it from happening!
Those who were at our first organizational meeting at the Hilton in Newark, NJ back in May 2000, will remember the shoot out across the street at a jewelry store, you can’t make this up. Then came the tragic day of 9/11, we had planned to go to Fort Lauderdale that September. Instead we held that meeting on November 5th the same day the American Airlines flight to Dominican Republic crashed in Queens. We were all physically shaken from these terrible events. But you know what? We are resilient, and we survived…
Then came 2007. The economy was flying, we held our Fall Conference Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs CA. Another great turn out, but something was amiss. I remember hearing on the radio that some mortgage broker had devised a new lending instrument, a 40 year mortgage. I thought yikes, they’re out of control, maybe we should step back. At the end of 2007, RVCF decided to leave Manhattan, not sign an expensive lease, and become a virtually operated business. Thank Heavens, as we all know what happened in 2008. Once, again the Fall Conference in 2008, held at the Camelback, was a great success, though I remember a retail member of ours mentioning if it was held two weeks later, no one would have showed up. Again yikes!
The following year 2009, was our toughest to date at the time. In the Spring of 2009, few people made the Spring Conference, the economy was in free fall, the stock market was in a free fall and looking to go all the way to zero. But midyear, things started to turn around. We downsized staff, became more efficient, and once again we all survived.
The retail world became different after 2009. The consumer was enjoying the convenience of going on their computers and phones to search and buy products. Remember this? Delivery of the product actually took up to 5-7 days (or longer) to arrive, but it saved them a trip to the store if it was something they could live with out for a week.
We all know what happened after that. Over the last 10 years, delivery went from 5-7 days to in some cases, same day delivery or even sooner in some locations.
Here we are 2020, Covid-19 rearing its ugly head globally. Who would have expected a global pandemic, after just celebrating the past Holidays. Sadly, we had to cancel our Spring 2020 Conference. It is the first time we ever canceled an event.
Regardless, the RVCF team is determined to host our 20th Anniversary Fall Conference at the Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, AZ - I’ll be there!!! In the meantime we will continue to support our membership. (See article below.)
Our prayers go out to those afflicted by this virus. Be safe, be well. We look forward to seeing you soon.