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.”
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is now seeking candidates from the association’s membership to run in this year’s board of directors election.
There are seven positions up for election this year including seats for five manufacturer and two supplier representatives, according to a news release.
The RVIA board has the highest level of authority in the association’s organizational structure. It is responsible for association affairs on a broad policy basis. The board meets three times per year: in March, during Committee Week in mid-June, and in mid-September.
“We encourage any association member with an interest in working on the key issues facing the RV industry to run for a seat on the RVIA board,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “The board plays an integral role in guiding the work of the association and shaping the future of the RV industry.”
Each RVIA manufacturer and supplier member company is afforded a single vote in the association elections, scheduled to take place electronically in August. Newly elected board members will begin serving their terms on Oct. 1, 2011. The deadline for nominations is June 10.
Those interested in becoming a candidate for the RVIA board elections should contact RVIA’s Mac Bryan at (703) 620-6003, ext. 334 or firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by the RVIA Nominating Committee, chaired this year by Kevin Phillips of Thetford Corp.
Sales have picked up for Newmar Corp.’s towable and core diesel and gas products, according to company executives attending the 8nd Annual Family Motor Coach Association Convention (FMCA) in Bowling Green, Ohio, which ended Thursday.
”We’ve been in production either four or five days a week for the last 12 weeks,” said Kyle McCrary, director of luxury products and product design for the Nappanee, Ind., manufacturer. ”Our towables and our core diesels and gas (motorhomes) are doing extremely well. The high-end is still a little slow, a little challenging.”
Newmar Chairman Matt Miller also said that Newmar’s recently announced program of providing maintenance and repairs for non-Newmar products has gone well. ”We see a need for disenfranchised owners who perhaps don’t have a place to go to get service,” Miller said.
About 2,600 coaches pre-registered for the FMCA convention on the grounds of Bowling Green State University and Wood County Fairgrounds about 25 miles south of Toledo.
While not suggesting that things have turned around completely, McCrary said that Newmar expects business to pick up in 2010, primarily agreeing with Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) who estimates that wholesale shipments will increase by 24% next year.
”We are gaining market with our gas products,” McCrary said. ”Some of that has to do with changes that we made in our products, but it also has to do with some of the economic issues that our competitors have faced.”
He said some prospective high-end buyers are concerned about the tax policies that are being discussed in Congress and by the Obama administration.
McCrary noted that ”financial issues” are continuing to vex the industry, on both the wholesale and retail sides of the equation but not to the degree they did earlier in the year.
”We are seeing a definite turn, a trend,” McCrary said. ”We are seeing us start to move out of this bottleneck that was created by the lack of banks’ lending money, whether it was on the wholesale or retail end of it.
”But the (lack of credit) has created a huge pent up demand,” he said. ”When this thing does finally move, we are ready for it. We see that it is happening. It is definitely coming.”