Doug Gaeddert, general manager of Forest River Inc., was elected Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) chairman for fiscal year 2013 during the association’s board meeting on Sept. 28 at The Hotel Viking in Newport, R.I.
“The board has elected a proven leader to become our next chairman,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “Doug has been an active, engaged member in the association for a decade, and in that time, his participation and business expertise have proved to be a tremendous benefit to RVIA and the industry. I am looking forward to working with him in the coming year.”
Gaeddert has served on the RVIA board since 2002 and on the Executive Committee since 2006, holding the positions of first vice chairman, second vice chairman and treasurer. He has also served as chairman of both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Audit Committee and as a member of the Awards Committee, Canadian Coalition Committee and Nominating Committee.
The RVIA board also named other association officers to join Gaeddert on the Executive Committee, including Bob Olson, former chairman, CEO and president, Winnebago Industries Inc., as first vice chairman; Derald Bontrager, president and COO, Jayco Inc., as second vice chairman; John Regan, CEO, Fabric Services, as treasurer; and Bob Parish, vice president, manufacturer relations, GE Capital, as secretary. All officers began their one-year terms on Oct. 1 and are joined by Coon and Chairman Ex Officio Gregg Fore, chairman, Dicor Corp., on the Executive Committee.
In other actions at their meeting, the RVIA board:
• Approved a motion that beginning Jan. 1, 2013, RVIA’s Standards Program replaces inspection to ANSI A1195.5 Section 3-7.1 Formaldehyde Consumer Disclosure Notice with inspection to the RVIA Membership Formaldehyde Emissions Requirement for Wood Products. This means that the RVIA membership requirement of using all CARB Phase 2 wood products in recreational park trailers will replace the current requirement for a formaldehyde disclosure label in every recreational park trailer starting on Jan. 1, 2013.
• Approved a budget of $12.9 million for fiscal year 2013 that holds membership costs at current levels.
• Extended the contract with the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville to hold the National RV Trade Show at the venue through 2015 in the normal post-Thanksgiving time period. The new contract now coincides with the commitment the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) has for its con/expo at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The timing of the two gatherings was an issue in recent discussions on whether to move RVIA’s Louisville Show to another date or another venue.
• Scheduled the 2013 RVIA Annual Meeting for Feb. 27-March 2 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla., and the 2013 Board of Directors Meeting for Sept. 23-25 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, B.C.