(L-R) Darryl Searer, Judy Jankowski and Jeff White

(L-R) Darryl Searer, Judy Jankowski and Jeff White

Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, announced that Judy Jankowski has been named vice president of development and Jeff White has been promoted to vice president of operations.

According to a press release, Jankowski will be responsible for industry relations and fundraising for RV/MH Heritage Foundation and will be reaching out to members of the RV and manufactured housing industries to explain how the foundation can play a significant role helping to create a positive image for their industries and help create new customers. She will also be soliciting their financial support to help maintain and grow the RV/MH Hall of Fame museum and library, and the Northern Indiana Event Center (NIEC) event center.

Searer said, “We are real fortunate to find someone of Judy’s caliber, and I believe she will have a tremendous impact on the future of the foundation. She brings extensive experience in management, philanthropy and fundraising, plus working within non-profit institutions.

Prior to joining the foundation, Jankowski was a consultant to Midwest Communications Review Inc. in Granger, Ind. Previously, she worked for AT&T/Bell System Operating Company in South Bend, Ind., where she served as area manager for external affairs responsible for developing, managing and directing local public relations, public affairs, community relations and employee relations.

In promoting Jeff White to vice president of operations, Searer said, “In all my years of executive management I have never seen someone who has stepped up to the challenges of their position in a more professional manner and who has been so willing on a day-to-day basis to go above and beyond.”

White joined the foundation July 2013 as sales and marketing manager for the Northern Indiana Event Center with additional duties within the Foundation.  Since White came aboard, the NIEC’s income and scheduled events have doubled.

Searer added, “Jeff has not only earned my respect, but also, he’s earned the respect of our staff, board of directors,  industry members and even visitors to the RV/MH Hall of Fame.  He has become my ‘right-hand man’ and I can say without reservation that we wouldn’t be where we are today without Jeff’s outstanding contributions.”