Ten finalists out of nearly 70 entries have been selected for the inaugural RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation & Supplier Excellence) Awards program, designed to honor the best and most innovative new OEM and aftermarket products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the 2019 model year.

The RISE Award finalists in both the OEM and Aftermarket categories will be recognized during the 2019 RV Industry Awards ceremony at “RVX: The RV Experience,” hosted by the RV Industry Association (RVIA) on March 14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. At that time, the overall RISE Award winners in each category — drawn from the finalists — will be announced live on stage.

RVIA’s awards program will also include the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Quality Circle Awards, the David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award, the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award and RVIA’s second annual 40 Under 40 presentation.

The five RISE Awards finalists in the OEM category are (in alphabetical order):

• Carefree of Colorado Altitude Patio Awning.

• Flexsteel Recreation Lift-and-Lock Sofa Bunk.

• Furrion Vision S.

• MITO Corp. WiFi Ranger – Sky4 Pack LTE.

• Xantrex/Mission Critical Electronics FREEDOM eGEN Lithium Ion System.

The five finalists in the aftermarket category are (in alphabetical order):

• Acuva Technologies Eco 1.5 UV-LED Water Purifier.

• CURT Group Echo Mobile Brake Control.

• Lippert Components Inc. Quick Drop Tongue Jack.

• Micro-Air Inc. EasyStart 364.

• Truma Corp. VarioHeat.

In a process overseen by RVB Editor Bruce Hampson and Managing Editor Rick Kessler, finalists were selected in each category by an independent panel of judges based on innovation, functionality, customer acceptance, competitive impact, performance measures and other criteria.

“Time and again we heard from our judges during their deliberations on how difficult it was to make their determinations. Clearly, there’s plenty of admirable innovation taking place in the industry,” said RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg.

“We also wish to thank the companies who took the time and effort to enter the RISE Awards program,” added RVB Chief Revenue Officer Gregg Fore. “It is to be expected that there would be some disappointment in not being a finalist, but we hope those companies take some comfort in knowing they are among good competition, and would continue to participate in next year’s RISE Awards program.”