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RVDA Networks with Young Dealership Execs

Posted By RVBusiness On February 27, 2013 @ 10:46 am In Breaking News | No Comments

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) is inviting young dealership executives to participate in an online survey to determine their preferences for training, communications and networking, according to a press release. To access the online survey click here.

At the invitation of RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch, a group of young RV executives began working with staff earlier this month to identify new and effective ways to engage younger members in RVDA activities, leadership and governance. The initiative is modeled after similar groups being formed in the marine and automotive industry for the same purposes.

“I am very excited at the prospect of tapping into the potential of our up-and-coming leaders,” said Hirsch. The group held its first conference call Feb. 14 to identify the first steps toward opening channels of communications, assessing education and training needs and preferences and discussing ideas to implement at the Convention/Expo in the fall.

In charging the newly formed advisory group, Hirsch said, “The RVDA leadership believes the only way the initiative can succeed and attract younger members is if it has strong ownership from within that same group.”

RVDA President Phil Ingrassia added, “Our main objective is to allow this initiative to be shaped by the younger members themselves so it meets their needs.”

Participants in the initial planning include: Ryan Horsey, Parkview RV; Jared Jensen, Sierra RV; Sara Miller, Fogdall RV; Jay Moran, Arlington RV Supercenter, Inc.; Chad Neff, American RV; Tyler Nelson, Nelsons RV; Mike Rone, Sonny’s RV; Adam Ruppel, Webster City RV; and Larry Troutt, Topper’s Camping Center.

To get things started, a survey of younger members is in the works to assess their preferences for a targeted education event during the Convention/Expo in the fall. The group is also exploring options for a social event during the convention and discussing ways to open informal channels of communications throughout the year.

To participate in the survey or for more information, contact Julianne Ryder by email at jryder@rvda.org.

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