Editor’s Note: After addressing legislative matters at the March 8 membership meeting, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp., issued this appeal to the membership regarding political challenges that, he points out, are beyond RVIA’s internal control and beyond the reach of the trade association’s strategic plan. These, on the contrary, are “broader issues that impact our industry” that come from “external sources.” Here, verbatim, are his comments:
I don’t want to use this platform to go into a deep political discourse, as most of you know my personal politics. As both a proud American and chairman of RVIA, I believe passionately in our collective strength as a nation and as an industry – and I know each of you share that passion.
Our industry, like many in this country, features a collection of small businesses as well as larger conglomerates. From the hard-working Americans who build our products, to the small business owners who sell and maintain them, we all share a stake in the larger economic and political landscape that shapes our day-to-day dealings.
For myriad reasons, our economy continues to limp along. While we’ve seen signs of improvement, one is left to wonder if some of that comes from the inherent optimism found in most Americans, and that many are simply tired of contributing to negativity.
Today’s economy is more complex than it used to be. It is more global, and failings overseas can create skittishness in the States that leads to enhanced fluctuations and further stymies our recovery. It can be a vicious cycle.
But many of the problems that continue to hinder our recovery are of our own making. Over-governance and legislative over-zealousness can result in punitive marketplace conditions that stifle growth.
When American manufacturing and industry works best, it does so under market conditions that allow for the proven and sustained supply and demand model to flourish. It’s an engine that performs most efficiently when given the freedom needed to innovate; to be entrepreneurial, to anticipate and meet the ever changing needs of the consumer while inviting investment in continued research and development.
It presents us all with some fundamental questions. As an industry, should we not support a corporate tax rate more in line with other industrialized nations — one that promotes US growth and investment?
Or a domestic fuel policy that appropriately balances the need for researching alternative fuel sources with responsible usage of our Country’s own abundant resources – much like the approach taken by our neighbors to the North?
Or ending regulation that may be well intended, but upon implementation is rife with unintended consequences that stifles innovation and increases costs to consumers?
Earlier, I asked for your active participation in our association, and I ask for it again as we look at the many external issues that impact our industry every day – whether spawned from the Executive, Legislative or Regulatory arms of government.
It is incumbent upon each of us, as well as RVIA, to actively engage our political leaders to voice our positions on the key issues that impact our businesses, our employees and their families. We have a responsibility to stay involved to ensure we are prepared for the issues we face today and the ones we will face tomorrow.
RVIA is our association, but it only succeeds with your active support. All of us need to continue the fight to ensure a free business environment that is grounded in the proven laws of supply and demand…one that promotes healthy and honest competition among business entities… and one devoid of onerous and artificial market influences.
This is at the core of what all of us in RVIA should be fighting for. For it is at the center of our continued success, and will help ensure that we can continue to provide consumers with products and services that are unequaled in quality and workmanship.
Even though it seems we are constantly facing government roadblocks, I remain very optimistic about both our industry and our country. Clearly, there is much we have to do – and we must do it together.
The dragons aren’t hard to spot, whether within our industry, or at the state and federal government level. Finding the dragon is the easy part, slaying them is another story. It takes planning, perseverance, and strength. And that strength comes from us.