Derrick Crandall, president and CEO of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), has been named as this year’s recipient of the Sheldon Coleman award, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Crandall, who has headed ARC since 1981, will receive the award at a ceremony tomorrow (June 7) during RVIA Committee Week in Washington, D.C.
The Coleman Great Outdoors Award was named in honor of the late conservationist and founder of the Coleman Co. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to sustain and enhance America’s outdoor legacy.
Recent awardees include U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, RVIA’s Dave Humphreys, Congressman Jim Oberstar and former transportation secretary Rodney Slater.
Crandall has played a central role with dozens of outdoor policy programs including the National Scenic Byways Program, Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, Recreational Trails Program, Wallop-Breaux Program, and the National Recreation Lakes Study Commission.
Past honors are highlighted by Crandall’s induction into the RV Hall of Fame and receipt of the Spirit of Take Pride Award in October 2004. Crandall also was recognized with a Centennial Award by the Forest Service.
Currently he is a member of the National Park System Advisory Board Health and Recreation Committee. Crandall previously served on the Board of the American Society of Association Executives for seven years, including two terms as vice chairman.