COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – As the Route 66 RV Network wrapped up its 20th Rally on Wednesday at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the final piece of business was to honor Bent’s RV, Boutte, La., with the Larry Coker Commitment Award.
An emotional Brian Bent accepted the award, detailing what had been a tough year. Bent went through a difficult year, he said, and had some doubts about some of the F&I products Route 66 was offering. But in the end, he said he maintained his relationship with the organization and continues to promote the network and its products.
The Larry Coker Award basically is Route 66’s dealer of the year award, but also is more of a lifetime achievement award given to those who exemplify the values of the network and supports its goals.
In addition to the award, Partner and Co-Founder Rob Merrill announced the new advisory board for 2023-24.
Those still on the board are Kevin Campbell of Campbell RV in Sarasota, Fla.; Tony Clark of Ron Hoover RV & Marine with 12 locations in Texas; Brian Krykewycz of White Horse RV with two locations in New Jersey; Russ Perkins of Tri-Am RV in Bulls Gap, Tenn. and Jim Rangitsch of Rangitsch Brothers RV in Missoula, Mont.
New board members are Leslie Cochran of Four Seasons RV in Abilene, Kan.; Ben Durkee of Carson City RV in Carson City, Nev.; Kimberly Kroubetz of Kroubetz Lakeside Campers in Lake Crystal, Minn.; Robert Longshaw of Uncharted Recreation in Meridian, Idaho; and Kerry McKeever of McKeever RV & Marine in Sweetwater, Tenn.
Final attendance numbers were not ready yet as of deadline, but there were easily more than 150 members and vendor partners in attendance of Tuesday night’s trivia night event.
The 2024 Route 66 Rally will return to Cheyenne Mountain Resort next year and be held Oct. 14-16, 2024.