Bob Strawn: An Influential Visionary for RVDA
Former Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Bob Strawn passed away on Oct. 10. According to a press release, Strawn served RVDA for 17 years as a volunteer leader and as the association’s chief staff officer from 1986-1996.
Under Strawn’s leadership, the association improved its financial stability, education programs and member services. Strawn began his career in the RV business in 1968 after acquiring a small dealership in Denver, Colo. He quickly became involved in association affairs and advanced through the leadership of the Colorado state association.
Strawn joined the national RVDA board in 1979 before advancing to higher elected positions. He became secretary in 1980-81, vice president in 1981-82, president in 1982-83, and chairman in 1983-84. He was named RVDA’s chief executive officer in 1986 and retired as president of the association in 1996. Throughout his tenure at RVDA, Strawn was assisted by his wife, Nadine, who handled all of the finance and administration operations for the association.
Strawn was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 1996, and the RVDA headquarters building was dedicated in his name that same year. He received the association’s highest honor, the James B. Summers Award, in 1997.
“As a volunteer, Bob played a key role in getting RVDA established in the Washington D.C. area and, as president, developed a professional organization and staff to serve dealers more effectively,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “He left a lasting impression on this association and will be missed by his many friends in the RV industry.”
RVDA will have more information in an upcoming issue of RV Executive Today. Members wishing to share tributes to Bob Strawn may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Strawn family has no immediate funeral plans, but RVDA will inform friends and colleagues immediately once arrangements are made.