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Virgil Miller, chairman of Newmar Corp., Nappanee, Ind., was named the winner of the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) annual meeting last month.
The award was given to Miller for his “many accomplishments and his personal courage,” said Walt Bennett, the RVIA chairman.
Miller, whose wife passed away earlier this year, was ill and unable to travel to Orlando, Fla., to receive the award, so it was accepted on his behalf by Dick Parks, Newmar’s president.
Bennett described Miller as “a soft-spoken man of integrity, known for his warm smile and sense of compassion. In addition to his business leadership and success, Virgil has become known as the conscience of the RV industry,” said Bennett, who also is senior vice president and CFO of Thor Industries Inc.
“He is a deeply religious man and his person integrity has inspired many in the RV industry to follow his example,” Bennett continued. “In that role, Virgil has had a very positive influence for the better on the entire industry. I have never met anyone who did not feel that he was a better person because of knowing Virgil Miller.”