Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will keynote the first half of the 2017 RV Industry Power Breakfast, a fast-paced, information-rich event catering to recreational vehicle industry constituents as well as area civic and business leaders. The Power Breakfast is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m on Thursday, May 11, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind.

Anchoring the second half of the Power Breakfast will be a six-person panel discussion including two RV OEMs, two suppliers and two dealers who will touch on an array of contemporary topics:

  • Bob Martin, president & CEO, Thor Industries Inc.
  • Mike Terlep, president, Forest River Inc.’s Coachmen RV
  • Jason Lippert, CEO, Lippert Components Inc.
  • Todd Cleveland, CEO, Patrick Industries Inc.
  • Loren Baidas, president, General RV
  • Brian Wilkins, president, Wilkins RV

In addition, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer will address industry trends and Toby O’Rourke, chief of franchise operations for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), will summarize KOA’s latest American Camper Study, targeted, in large part, on the RV sector.

Invited for teleconference remarks (with Congress in session) are U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from nearby Granger, Ind., and newly elected 3rd District U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Columbia City.

This year’s dawn-breaking event, the buffet for which starts at 6:45 a.m., again caters to manufacturers and suppliers from Elkhart County, but increasingly draws industry people from outside Northern Indiana’s RV-building zone.

Tickets for the breakfast, which last year drew a sold-out crowd of 850, will go on sale in early April, according to the ad hoc committee that facilitates the event, including Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore, Forest River General Manager Doug Gaeddert, Wells Fargo CDF Vice President Bob Parish, BJ Thompson of BJ Thompson Associates and RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg.