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Several longstanding members of the RV retail community were honored during the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) Con/Expo, held Sept. 21-24 at the Rio All-Suite Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Camping Time RV, with locations in Snellville, Oakwood, and Woodstock, Ga., was named RVDA’s 2004 Top Quality Dealer of the Year. Marty Shea, the outgoing chairman, recognized Camping Time President Martin Zonneberg, who founded the dealership in 1986 with his wife, Linda.
“We are successful because of our core values – a belief in honesty, doing the right thing, and treating our customers the way we want to be treated,” Zonnenberg told the assembled dealers. “We have grown our business through repeat and referral customers. We also hire quality employees and take very good care of them.”
Other regional winners included East Region – All Seasons RV, Streetsboro, Ohio; Midwest Region – Capital R.V. Center Region – Bismarck and Minot, N.D.; South Region – Leisure Tyme RV, Mary Ester and Pensacola, Fla.: West Region – All Seasons RV, Yuba City, Calif.
During the conference, Iowa dealer Jim Fogdall, of Ace Fogdall Inc., Cedar Falls, was honored with the James B. Summers Award.
Fogdall, a former RVDA board chairman and former chairman of the RVDA-RVIA Technician Certification Board, also served on the board of the RV Assistance Corporation (RVAC), as well as the RVDA Education Foundation board of directors.
The following dealership members were honored for their service to the association with the RVDA Chairman’s Service Awards:
* Bert Alanko of MBA Insurance, Scottsdale, Ariz.: A founding member of the RV Rental Association, Alanko serves on the RVDA board of directors as RV Rental Association chairman and is the association’s all-time top membership recruiter.
* Jerry Greer of Jerry Greer RV in Columbus, Ohio: Greer is a former chairman of the RVDA board of directors and the first chairman of the RVDA Education Foundation board of directors.
* Tim Wegge of Burlington RV Superstore in Burlington, Wis.: Wegge has served on the RVDA board of directors and is an at-large delegate of RVDA’s Board of Delegates.
* Marlene and Andy Wheeler of Wheeler’s Las Vegas RV, Las Vegas, Nev.: Wheeler’s Las Vegas RV is the largest dealer contributor to the RV Learning Center with a new $100,000 pledge. Marlene Wheeler also serves as an at-large delegate on the RVDA Board of Delegates.