Committee Week Honors RV Industry Leaders
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) honored several industry leaders with awards and recognition at the association’s Committee Week held in Washington, D.C., in early June.
As reported in RVIA Today Express, the National Scholastic Award, which recognizes those industry association directors or institutions who have contributed the most to the advancement of technical training within the industry, was presented to Eleonore Hamm of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.
“Under her leadership and direction, RVDA of Canada has worked diligently to expand RV technician training opportunities and awareness throughout Canada,” said RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert. “In addition to her focus on training existing technicians, she has also led efforts to recruit more technicians into the RV field through scholarship and apprentice programs.”
The Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award was presented to Leslie Woodward of Fairview Fittings and Manufacturing. This award honors those who have contributed to the enhancement of RV standards in the industry.
“Leslie has been a long-time RVIA member and a very active and engaged volunteer on numerous association committees and subcommittees.” Gaeddert said. “In serving on these groups and lending here vast knowledge and experience pertaining to propane regulations, she has provided invaluable guidance in the development of RV standards and policies.”
In addition to these two awards, RVIA also recognized three retiring committee chairman for their longtime and exemplary service to the association. Gaeddert and Richard Coon presented commemorative service plaques to Walt Bennett of Thor Industries Inc. who chaired the Public & Legislative Affairs Committee from 2003–2014; Bob Parish of GE Capital who chaired the Financial Services Committee from 2001–2014; and B.J. Thompson of B.J. Thompson & Associates who chaired the Public Relations Committee from 1985–2014.
The three are stepping down from these posts on Oct. 1 as a result of a change in RVIA bylaws in 2008 that limited terms as committee chairs to six years.