Dave Schutz Eager for RVIA Board Opportunity
Dave Schutz, vice president of OEM sales and marketing for Elkhart, Ind.-based Dometic, was recently appointed to a supplier seat on the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board during the organization’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
According to a press release, Schutz has served for many years on various RVIA committees and is currently serving on the Market Information Committee, National Show Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, the RVST Council for Industry Education and the RVIA Awards Committee.
“My experience on RVIA committees has given me a good deal of insight as to the issues facing the industry today, so I’m excited to take that next step and work with my fellow board members to help secure and promote the industry,” he stated. “I’ve already worked with some great people on the RVIA staff and have gained a real appreciation for their professionalism and their efforts. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with them in this new capacity.”
Dometic recently underwent what it called a “global restructuring” with a renewed focus on emphasizing the regional strengths of each division, spearheaded by Frank Marciano, previous president of Dometic’s marine division and new president of Dometic Americas, encompassing North and South American operations.
“Dave is the ideal person to represent Dometic to the industry on RVIA’s board and to be an advocate for the industry as a whole,” said Marciano. “He knows what’s going on and he’s deeply involved with our customers and significant players in the industry. He has a good head on his shoulders for sound evaluation, plenty of experience to give him understanding, and is a true asset in any setting – he has open ears with a willingness to hear and absorb what others are saying. I can’t imagine a better guy for the job.”
Schutz said the company’s shift in direction, and particularly Marciano’s enthusiastic philosophy for division autonomy, will augment his ability to be a positive force in the RVIA.
“When you have the leeway to grab opportunities as you spot them, that’s a very empowering and liberating thing, and it gives you this ‘nothing-is-impossible’ mindset,” he said. “I do believe that’s what RVIA is really good at – taking full advantage of opportunities to better the RV industry. We’ve got that mindset and capability here at Dometic now, and I’m eager to apply that to working with the RVIA for the good of all of us.”