Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center Inc., Hartville, Ohio, received the James B. Summers (JBS) Award during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo for his long-time commitment and wide-ranging involvement in the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
Pastore has held every officer position within RVDA, including serving as chairman in 2007-2008, and he’s a contributor to and member of the RV Learning Center’s board of directors, according to a news release.
He’s also a member of the RVDA/RVIA RV Technician Certification Governing Board and has served as chairman of several committees, including the Convention/Expo and Audit and Finance Oversight committees.
“Jeff has done it all with enthusiasm and a great sense of humor, never compromising his principles or integrity,” reported RVDA President Mike Molino, who presented Pastore with the award during the convention’s annual meeting, Oct. 7 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The JBS Award, created in 1986, is named in honor of RVDA’s second chief staff officer, James B. Summers, who passed away on Oct. 3 on the eve of the trade association’s annual con/expo.
The award named in his honor is the highest award a member can receive for consistent and outstanding service to the association. The board of directors selects the winner each year by secret ballot from among nominations submitted by association members.
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation board of directors elected Dan Pearson of PleasureLand RV Centers Inc. in St. Cloud, Minn., as vice chairman at their meeting on Nov. 30 in Louisville, Ky., according to a news release.
Pearson has a long record of service to RV dealers. He is a participating past chairman of RVDA, serves on the RV Assistance Corp. board of directors and is active in the Minnesota RV Dealers Association. He is also a major financial contributor to the Foundation’s RV Learning Center. Pearson succeeds Jim Sheldon of Monaco RV LLC, who will remain on the board.
“Since the formation of the RVDA Education Foundation in the early 1990s, Dan Pearson has been instrumental in the development of continuing education programs for dealership personnel,” said RVDA Education Foundation Chairman Rick Horsey of Parkview RV Center in Smyrna, Del. “Dan is one of the best minds in RV retailing today, and we are fortunate to have him serve as vice chairman while the foundation develops programs that meet the challenges the RV industry faces today and in the future.”
The board also re-elected Horsey as chairman and Bill Koster of Protective, as secretary/treasurer.
The RVDA board elected Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center, in Hartville, Ohio, as a director at its meeting in Louisville on Nov. 30.
The RV Learning Center is dedicated to providing dealers and their employees with innovative ways to operate RV dealerships through an array of education resources including publications, distance learning, live workshops, online products, training, and certification programs for RV dealership personnel. For more information on the RVDA Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center, visit www.rvlearningcenter.com, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a fax to (703) 359-0152.
The RVDA Education Foundation is a tax exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions may be tax deductible as charitable donations.