The Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) seated new officers and board members during its May 4 board meeting held at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.
New board members include Mike Atkinson of KOA in Billings, Mont.; Dave Burroughs of Woodland Park in Middlebury, Ind.; Jim Foltz of Forest River in Elkhart; Ind.; Joe Follman of Chariot Eagle in Ocala, Fla.; Tim Gage of Cavco Industries in Phoenix, Ariz.; Dick Grymonprez of Athens Park Homes; in Athens Texas; Larry Ladd of Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Pierceton, Ind.; Ted Huff of T.R. Arnold & Associates in Elkhart, Ind.; Alan Reder of NTA Inc. in Nappanee, Ind.; Dan Saltzgiver of Reichart’s Camping Center in Hanover, Penn.; Larry Smith of Stone Canyon Lodges in Haleyville, Ala.; John Soard of Fairmont Homes, Inc. in Nappanee, Ind.; and Tyler Steele of Canterbury Park Homes of Goshen, Ind.
The new board then elected from among its numbers Officers who will serve for the coming year. Elected were Dick Grymonprez as president; Mike Atkinson, vice president; Secretary John Soard, and as treasurer, Tyler Steele. Joining the officers as members of the Executive Committee are Curt Yoder of Kropf Industries, Inc., from Goshen, Ind.; who previously served as RPTIA’s immediate past president; Jerome C. Loftus, Esq., RPTIA’s General Counsel from Warrenton, VA; and Bill Garpow, RPTIA’s executive director from Newnan, Ga.
In other action, RPTIA’s manufacturers discussed ways to improve park model sales through more diversified marketing efforts that include social media outreach as well as the association’s efforts to share intelligence on promising financing sources with its members, dealers and RV Parks.
Board members also discussed the association’s efforts to persuade the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to adopt the ANSI A119.5 as a mandated Standard required for vacation and seasonal units between 320 to 400 square feet, when erected on site, that would be exempted from the HUD Code for Manufactured Housing. HUD’s adoption of ANSI A119.5 would also serve to preempt the creation of any state or local codes that were different than the ANSI 119.5 Standard.
Based in Newnan, Ga., RPTIA is the national trade association that represents the park trailer or “park model” industry. More information is available on the association’s website at www.rptia.com.