The Recreation Vehicle industry Association (RVIA) will present its Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award to New York Post sports columnist Kevin Kernan as part of “Outlook 2009: We’ve Got Heart!,” which kicks off the 46th Annual National RV Trade Show, Dec. 2-4.
This winter, Kernan traveled to Arizona in a motorhome rental arranged by RVIA to watch the New York Giants play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He documented his two-week cross-country journey in the Post and on his blog.
“In fun-to-read articles that certainly entertained the New York Post’s 625,000 readers, Kevin Kernan truly captured the joys of life on the road and the fun of RVing with fans,” said RVIA Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Gary LaBella. “RVIA looks forward to presenting him with our Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award.”
The Outlook event will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a complimentary sit-down breakfast in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s (KEC) South Wing C Mezzanine Ballroom.
Hosted by RVIA Chairman Jim Sheldon, Outlook 2009 will also feature “Straight From the Heart,” RVIA President Richard Coon’s insights on the industry and where it is headed.
Other highlights include:
• Go RVing Coalition co-chairmen Don Walter of Starcraft RV Inc. and Tom Stinnett of Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center will be joined by RVIA Chief Marketing Officer Gary LaBella to examine how the national advertising campaign is positioning the industry to grow as the economy improves.
• RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and LaBella will highlight the year’s publicity successes and strategies for continued growth.
• R&B pioneers The Drifters are slated to entertain the early-morning crowd.