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Induction ceremonies for 12 members of the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2006 will be held tonight (Aug. 7) at the Matterhorn Restaurant in Elkhart, Ind.
A cocktail reception will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the induction ceremony, slated to run until 10 p.m.
This year’s class honors six members of the recreational vehicle community. Inductees include:
• Randy Thompson: Thompson is an RV retailer and part of the FreedomRoads network based in Lincolnshire, Ill. He has served as a member of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) board and was the association’s president in 1989-90. Thompson’s duties also include past chairman of RV Assistance Corp. and director and first chairman of RVDA-RVIA Service Technician Certification Board.
• Tom Faludy: Faludy formerly worked with industy supplier Carefree of Colorado before joining Scott Fetzer Co. of Westlake, Ohio, parent to Carefree. He is a long-time industry activist and was one of the founders and the first chairman of the Go RVing Coalition, serving from 1995 to 2004.
• Crosby Forrest: Forrest is an RV retailer from Dixie RV Superstore in Newport News, Va. He is one of the founding members of RVDA, serving on the RVDA board of directors and as RVDA president in 1978-79.
• Bruce Hertzke: Hertzke is chairman and CEO of RV manufacturer Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa, and is in his second year as RVIA chairman. He served for five years as member of the RVDA Education Foundation board of directors and has been named RV Business “Newsmaker of the Year” three times.
• Mike Molino: Molino is an RV industry association executive from RVDA in Washington, D.C. He has served for 10 years simultaneously as RVDA president, president of the RVDA Education Foundation, president of RV Assistance Corp., vice president of the Go RVing Coalition, treasurer of American Recreation Coalition and as a board member of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation.
• Leon Shahnasarian: Shahnasarian is an industry supplier from Instamatic Corp. in Elkhart. He is a pioneer importer and supplier of early gas-electric refrigerators to the RV industry and went on to locate and distribute air conditioners, water heaters, and space heaters.
• Representatives from the manufactured housing industry include: Rollie Bannister, a housing community developer from Bannister Properties, Raleigh, N.C.; Harris “Butch” Berg, a housing manufacturer from Wick Building Systems, Mazomanie, Wis.; Joseph P. Hayden Jr., a housing finance and insurance leader from the Midland Company, Amelia, Ohio.; R. James Scoular, a housing community operator from Iseman Corp., Sioux Falls, S.D.; Donald C. Westphal, a housing industry consultant from Donald Westphal Associates, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Ronald Younkin, a housing community operator from the Greenlawn Companies, Columbus, Ohio.