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Holiday RV Superstores Inc. founder Newton “Newt” Kindlund and Teton Homes founder Robert “Boots” Ingram are members of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame Class of 2003 that will be formally inducted during ceremonies in Elkhart, Ind., on Aug. 5.
The other RV industry luminaries to be inducted as part of the Class of 2003 are: Larry McClain, founder of McClain’s RV Superstore, a dealership with locations in Oklahoma and Texas, and Gloria Telander, founder of Wheeler’s RV Campground Directories.
In all, 10 people will be inducted as members of the Class of 2003, including six from the manufactured housing industry.
Kindlund will be recognized for assembling the first coast-to-coast group of RV dealerships and for being a founding board member of both the Florida RV Trade Association and the RV Rental Association. He also served on the national boards of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
Kindlund was recognized during 1995 as RV industry Executive of the Year.
He sold control of Holiday RV during 1999.
Meanwhile, Ingram began as an RV manufacturer and retailer in Elkhart before relocating to near Casper, Wyo., where he eventually founded Teton Homes, a manufacturer of luxury class fifth-wheels. He is a 20-year RVIA and RVDA member and past board member. He developed a rubber roof installation procedure that now is an industry standard, and he was the first to install an electric slide-out over 15 feet long.
McClain, whose stores are located in Lake Dallas, Tex., and Oklahoma City, Okla., is a 32-year RVDA board member and two-term president. He was national Dealer of the Year in 1998 and received the James B. Summers Award in 1993. He also is the founder of the Oklahoma State RV show.
Meanwhile, Telander, whose company is located in Elk Grove Village, Ill., has spent almost 50 years developing and publishing RV campground directories. She was instrumental in the development of every major campground directory in the industry and formulated a campground rating system where user clients, not in-house sales personnel, rate campground facilities.
The RV/MH Hall of Fame, founded in 1972, has recognized nearly 250 leaders from all sections of the RV and manufactured housing industries. Honorees are selected by a committee representing a broad cross section of the related industries, for their lasting contribution to the greater good of their specific division of the industry, above and beyond personal gain, from a pool of nominations submitted by interested groups or individuals.