A dinner honoring outgoing Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Bruce Hertzke, chairman and CEO of Winnebago Industries Inc., will highlight the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s 2006 Annual Meeting Sept. 21-23 at the St. Regis Resort on Monarch Beach, Dana Point, Calif.
Those attending the three-day, members-only event will also hear updates on the RV industry and an overview of industry education, overnment relations and other issues from Hertzke and RVIA President Richard A. Coon, who will be attending his first annual meeting as the association’s highest ranking administrative position.
Hertzke will leave office Oct. 1 after two years and likely be succeeded by 1st Vice President Carl Pfalzgraf, executive vice president of Atwood Mobile Products, Elkhart, Ind. Coon, formerly with Onan Corp. in Minnesota before becoming RVIA president in January, had been scheduled to become chairman this year in RVIA’s traditional line of succession.
In addition, RVIA’s leadership will hear reports from Go RVing Coalition co-chairman Don Walter, president of Starcraft RV Inc., Topeka, Ind., and Derrick Crandall, president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Recreation Coalition.
Speakers will include Barry Asmus, a senior economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, who will address prospects for the American economy; John Miller of 3M will give an overview on how 3M consistently engineers quality in a manner that exceeds customer expectations; and Regina Harm and Chris Willis of GE Plastics will explain how GE Plastic’s product development can be applied in other operations.
Meanwhile, Gary LaBella, RVIA vice president of public relations and advertising, and Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson of B.J. Thompson Associates Inc., Mishawaka, Ind., will review media exposure created by the industry public relations efforts.