Chris Fanning

Chris Fanning

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced today (Sept. 13) the appointment of Christina (Chris) Fanning as senior vice president of finance and operations, effective Oct. 1.

According to a release, Fanning replaces Robert M. “Mac” Bryan, who is retiring later this year after 39 years with RVIA. She will play a critical role in maintaining RVIA’s financial health and driving process efficiencies across the organization, and will partner with RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer and senior staff in developing how RVIA evolves as an organization into the future.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience to RVIA,” said Hugelmeyer. “Her financial acumen and real world business background, combined with an established record of creative problem-solving and change management will be critical in implementing RVIA’s strategic vision.”

Fanning will manage three teams at RVIA, including business systems and innovation, finance and accounting, and human resources and office services. She will be a key leader of the association’s digital transformation initiative and ensure financial and human resources support the association’s business objectives.

“This is an exciting time in the RV industry,” said Fanning. “Sales are growing, and RVIA is in a strong financial position. The work we’ll do to achieve strategic alignment between the association’s efforts and the industry it represents will position RVIA to help its members continue to grow and remain relevant in a rapidly changing and competitive marketplace.”

Fanning joins RVIA with more than 25 years of experience in finance and operations for private companies and nonprofit organizations. Most recently she was vice president of finance at the Jane Goodall Institute. She has served in senior finance positions with several organizations, including Food Allergy Research & Education, Alpha Corp., Rowan & Blewitt and Shandwick Public Affairs (both subsidiaries of IPG), and E James White Co. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College and a bachelor’s from Shenandoah University.