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RVIA: Monaco’s Sheldon is a ‘True Statesman’

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June 13, 2011 by   3 Comments

Jim Sheldon with his wife Toni in Washington, D.C.

Jim Sheldon with his wife Toni in Washington, D.C.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) leadership last week paused during its annual Committee Week proceedings long enough to pay tribute to one of its own – Jim Sheldon, immediate past chairman of RVIA and a Monaco RV LLC executive who is shown here with his wife Toni. Calling him a “true statesman” and “tireless volunteer,” RVIA Chairman Gregg Fore told attendees at a Capitol Hill reception that Sheldon, assistant to the president of Monaco who first entered the industry in 1970 with Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., had the essential “sense of diplomacy” and “inspired leadership” during his 2008-2010 chairmanship to help lead the industry through “some very dark days” in the wake of the global economic meltdown of 2008. And while Fore expressed the association’s “gratitude and appreciation” to Sheldon for having been there for the industry during turbulent times, Monaco President Kay Toolson said he couldn’t “think of a person who’s given more and who has cared more for our industry than Jim has” over the years. “It’s so fitting that we’re gathered together here at Capitol Hill to pay tribute to Jim because, without question, he is one of our industry’s true statesmen,” said Fore. “He’s a tireless volunteer who has selflessly served the industry and the association as a member of several RVIA committees, as the first chairman of the Committee on Excellence, as an RVIA board member, an officer on the executive committee and, finally, as chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010.”

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3 Responses to “RVIA: Monaco’s Sheldon is a ‘True Statesman’”

  1. joe Poltrack on June 13th, 2011 7:57 pm

    Jim,

    A job well done.

    Joe Poltrack

  2. Mike Stier on June 14th, 2011 1:43 am

    “True Statesman” when referring to Jim Sheldon is about as good an introductory comment as there is, however that is just the beginning. As many of us know, Jim Sheldon has unselfishly exemplified the finest example of humility and leadership our industry has ever witnessed. His unparallelled diplomacy through the toughest of times has been a tribute to our entire industry and an inspiration to many. All of us who have had the pleasure to know and work with Jim have benefited from his remarkable wisdom and we owe him gratitude beyond words. Our beloved RV industry would be well served to try our best to follow Jim’s fine example of always finding his own very special way of taking the high road….simply the best….Jim has raised our bar and for that we owe him endless gratitude and deep appreciation. Thank you Jim for being you, Mike Stier

  3. RON RYDING on June 14th, 2011 2:52 pm

    HELLO, JIM…I JUST READ THE WONDERFUL AND WELL DESERVED TRIBUTE TO YOU FROM THE RVIA. I’M PROUD TO SAY “I KNEW YOU WHEN”. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT WAS 41 YEARS AGO WHEN YOU AND I STARTED AT FLEETWOOD IN 1970? IT HAS INDEED BEEN A LONG AND WINDING ROAD AND YOU’VE DONE SO VERY WELL. I WISH YOU GOOD HEALTH AND MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS. CONGRATULATIONS, JIM. RON RYDING

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