Resort and Commercial Recreation Association

 RCRA is committed to providing and promoting professional development, creative resources and networking for professionals, students, educators, vendors, and all others dedicated to delivering services in the recreation industry.  

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FOUNDING MEMBERS OF RCRA

October, 1981

From left to right:
Loren Van Orrdt, Director of Recreation, Kiawah Island Resort, SC; Debbie Regnone, Social Director, South Seas Plantation, FL; Butch Trellue, V.P. of Recreation, Fripp Island Resort, SC; Leslie Cashdollar, Membership Director, Fripp Island Resort, SC; Frank Oliveto, Recreation Director, Seabrook Island Resort, SC; Katherine Zachry, Director of Member Services, Sea Palms, GA; Stephen Shawler, Director of Activities, Sawgrass Resort, FL; and John DePass, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, NC.
History of RCRA

The Resort and Commercial Recreation Association was established in 1981 by a group of recreation professionals seeking to create a network to exchange programming ideas. This original group of professionals formed committees; which later expanded to include education workshops, program exchange services, a directory of professionals and eventually a job fair to attract new student memberships. Within 6 months, the association was in full stride and finished the year by holding the first National Conference at Amelia Island Plantation in Florida.
 
RCRA has continued its growth in both membership and services over the years and it now represents recreation and amenity managers in resorts, hotels, sports clubs, campgrounds, theme parks, special event companies, cruise lines, community developments and colleges / universities.
 
The National Conference (which consistently takes place in November) and the Regional Conference are both significant events for RCRA. They continue to offer a quality experience for students seeking internships or entry-level jobs. The conferences also offer professionals and educators a chance to network with colleagues, meet students and rejuvenate for the coming year.
 
RCRA, along with its industry, continues to grow and expand. As with most associations, RCRA has seen its share of challenging times but it continues to emerge as a dominant force within the field of commercial recreation and the leisure industry. RCRA’s success is driven by its active membership and guided by an elected Board of Directors. This Board is comprised of a Past President, President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and four Director at Large positions. It is the purpose of the Board, and of RCRA to further this field by providing appropriate services to professionals, educators and students; and to help increase the profitability and efficiency of its members’ programs.

PAST PRESIDENTS

1982-1989

1982 – Debbie Regnone

1983 – Frank Oliveto

1984 – Lynn Masterson

1985 – Butch Trellue

1986 – Andy Holdnak

1987 – Jean Baer

1988 – Lynn Taylor

1989 – Meg McLeroy




1990-1999

1990 – Paul Frickman

1991 – Dr. Howard Uibel

1992 – Sharon Fisher

1993 – Kirk Sandburg

1994 – Peter Delaney

1995 – Glenn Miesch

1996 – Wendy Kerr-Price

1997 – Chuck Hammersley

1998 – Nadine Broadie

1999 – Heidi Jewett

2000-2009

2000 – Russ Brayley

2001 – Steve Geisz

2002 – Belynda Tharpe

2003 – Steve Geisz

2004 – Rob Macgowan

2005 – Mike DiBenedetto

2006 – Kristee Trumbo

2007 – Bruce Boliver

2008 – Lisa Linden

2009 – Bruce Boliver

2010-2019

2010 – Lisa Jenkins

2011 – Lisa Linden

2012 – Kari Bowman

2013 – Scott Rood

2014 – Dan Preston

2015 – Arica Haro

2016 – Bruce Boliver

2017 – Paul Shockley

2018 – Margo Tighe

2019  Marilou Welling

PAST CONFERENCES

1982-1989

1982 – Fripp Island Resort – Fripp Island, SC

1982 – Amelia Island Resort – Amelia Island, FL

1983 – Kiawah Island Resort – Kiawah Island, SC

1984 – Wintergreen Resort – Wintergreen VA

1985 – The Pointe Hilton – Phoenix, AZ

1986 – Sandestin Resort – Destin, FL

1987 – Stouffer Renaissance Pineisle – Atlanta, GA

1987 – Pheasant Run – St. Charles, IL

1988 – The Sahara – Las Vegas, NV

1989 – Hyatt – Orlando, FL


1990-1999

1990 – Amelia Island Plantation – Amelia Island, FL

1991 – Inn of the 7th Mountain – Bend, OR

1992 – Great Smokies Hilton – Asheville, NC

1993 – Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, NY

1994 – Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort – Galena, IL

1995 – Kingston Plantation – Myrtle Beach, SC

1996 – Kiawah Island Resort – Kiawah Island, SC

1997 – Founders Inn – Virginia Beach, VA

1998 – Sandestin Resort – Destin, FL

1999 – Crowne Plaza Resort – Hilton Head, SC


2000-2009

2000 – Hershey Lodge – Hershey, PA

2001 – Kiawah Island Resort – Kiawah Island, SC

2002 – Renaissance Pineisle Resort – Lake Lanier, GA

2003 – Sunriver Resort – Sunriver, OR

2004 – Keystone Resort – Keystone, CO

2005 – Sundial Resort – Sanibel, FL

2006 – Grand Harbor Resort – Dubuque, IA

2007 – Atlantis Resort – Paradise Island, Bahamas

2008 – Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, NY

2009 – Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, SC


2010-2019

2010 – Sunriver Resort – Sunriver, OR

2011 – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Farmington, PA

2012 – TradeWinds Beach Resort – St. Pete Beach, FL

2013 – Omni Amelia Island – Amelia Island, FL

2014 – Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark–Dubuque, IA

2015 - South Seas Island Resort - Captiva Island, FL

2016 – Hammoch Beach Resort - Palm Coast, FL

2017 – Sunriver Resort - Sunriver, OR

2018 – TradeWinds Beach Resort - St. Pete Beach, FL

2019 – Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, CO

EMAIL: INFO@RCRA.ORG | ACCOUNTING OFFICE: 231 ROUTE 6A #803, YARMOUTHPORT, MA 02675

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