Blake Ashdown is a hospitality entrepreneur and businessman who started 10 different RV Resorts and hospitality businesses over the past 25 years. The scope of his business experience includes RV resorts, commercial and recreational real estate development, recreational vehicle dealerships, commercial real estate acquisitions and investments, hotel development and operations, consulting services including strategic planning, marketing, and training. He is currently the President of SureVista, serving hundreds of clients in the RV Resort and Camping Industry.

Professor, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

From 2006 through 2010, Blake taught courses in Business Strategy, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. He has taught undergrad courses as well as the full time MBA program, Weekend MBA program and the Executive MBA program. He had a front row seat, to how the business world has forever changed as a result of the economic tsunami that swept through our economy over the past few years.

Professional Speaker

Over the past five years, Blake has given over 300 talks. He is a frequent speaker at conventions, conferences, seminars and corporate meetings on topics including; marketing, business strategy, operational effectiveness, customer satisfaction and personal growth.

  • National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC)
  • State Associations (ARVC)
  • American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
  • Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)
  • Club Management Association of America (CMAA) National Events
  • Club Management Association of America (CMAA) Regional Events
  • State of Michigan
  • Numerous Corporate Meetings

Campground's Blake Has Owned, Operated, or Marketed

  • 1975 – The Woodlin Club
  • 1975 – Leisure Lake Resort
  • 1980 – Cedar Shores RV Resort
  • 1985 – Waldenwoods Resort
  • 1985 – Deer Creek Resort
  • 1985 – Lighthouse Village
  • 1985 – Bear Cave Resort
  • 1990 – South Shore Resort
  • 1992 – Tropical Palms Resort

Professional Highlights, Affiliations, & Board Service

  • Former Chairman, Michigan RV & Manufactured Housing Association
  • Former Chairman, Michigan Vacation Ownership Council
  • Former Board Member, Florida ARVC
  • Former Trustee, Lansing Christian Schools
  • Chairman of the Board, Trinity Church
  • Former Board Member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Board Member, Athletes in Action
  • Former Chairman, Board Member National Center for Fathering
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (not active)
  • Professional of the Year Award, presented by the American Resort Development Association
  • Registered Resort Professional (RRP) designation by the American Resort Development Association

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