The ROUTE 66 RV Network presented Nathan Hart, co-owner of Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales, New Castle, Ind., with the Larry Coker Commitment Award at its recent 2010 Rally held in Denver, Colo.
Named in memory of Larry Coker, a long-time RV industry colleague and ROUTE 66 employee who unexpectedly passed away in February 2009, the Larry Coker Commitment Award is annually given to the ROUTE 66 RV Network dealer who best reflects Coker’s total commitment to building the ROUTE 66 brand.
Walnut Ridge has been a ROUTE 66 member since May 2005, and Hart served two years on the network’s Dealer Advisory Board.
“Nathan and the entire Walnut Ridge team deeply embraces what it means to be a ROUTE 66 dealer. Not only is that evident in the dealership’s culture and promotions, but they embody the commitment to exceed and deliver on the ROUTE 66 promise: Wherever the road takes you … you can count on us,” said Rob Merrill, partner in Overland Park, Kan.-based ROUTE 66.
In addition to the dealership recognition that this award delivers to the recipient, it also donates that dealership’s total annual network membership fee to a college education fund in their name to support Coker’s daughter who is currently a junior in high school.
The inaugural Larry Coker Commitment Award was presented last year to Colerain RV Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.