Butch Thomas announced that he is retiring as the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) field representative, effective in December.
According to a press release, Thomas was a successful RV dealer for 30 years before working with RVDA and was awarded the organization’s highest honor at the Convention/Expo in October, the James B. Summers Award. Thomas punctuated his retirement notice with a $1,000 donation to the RV Learning Center, bringing his lifetime contribution to $16,000.
“There are some people, when you see them, or hear their name, you think R-V-D-A,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “Butch has touched so many people over the years through his work at both the national and state level. We appreciate his efforts to educate dealers about the value of RVDA membership, and his support of RV dealers and the industry during his long career.”
“Butch leaves such a strong legacy of achievement with RVDA,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “And could there be a more terrific way to cap off a significant and meaningful career than to make a gift for the future of our industry? I don’t think so. Butch, we are indebted to you for your amazing personal and financial commitment to a strong RV dealer community. Thank you and well done. ”
Throughout his career, Thomas always moved and thought beyond his role as just one RV dealer among many. He was a key advocate for dealers in legislative battles and a motivating force in the formation of the RV Rental Association and the Missouri RVDA. In the case of the latter, he was able to create enough financial stability to keep the statewide association in business during a particularly challenging year.
In retirement Thomas intends to spend more time with his family and to devote himself to volunteer projects about which he is passionate.