NTP-Stag’s Marketing Director John Spaulding accepted the Jim Barker Award at the Business Awards Luncheon held during the 41st Annual Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) Executive Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Aug. 17-21.
During the awards ceremony, Jim Stark, RVAA Past President, read a letter from Spaulding’s wife Kimber. “I will tell you what has kept me standing alongside him for 24 years,” she wrote. “A steadfast sense of loyalty and integrity and an internal sense of optimism. Congratulations on this high honor today, you certainly earned it. Your family is enormously proud of you and we toast you from afar.”
According to a press release, Spaulding was met with a round of applause from the suppliers, distributors and RV dealers who were in attendance at the event.
“This probably won’t happen often, but I am speechless. I am honored, as my wife said. I have made remarkable friends…and I love my work. This is very unexpected,” Spaulding said. “I’m here partially because of many of you in the room. I’ve had terrific mentors and colleagues whom I’ve worked with throughout the years that have helped me temper my quick judgment allowing me to forge a more respective approach when working with the market and working with suppliers and customers of all the businesses I have been associated with. I thank all of you for being a part of that. I am not going anywhere, thankfully. I intend to keep my involvement in RVAA very active. I thank all of you for this tremendous honor and I hope I can live up to your standards.”
The Jim Barker Award is highly coveted and is only granted when a worthy recipient is nominated. There have been several conference years when the award has not been given.
The award is presented to individuals who have worked enthusiastically on behalf of RVAA for several years, who have donated time and money spearheading projects and programs targeted to improve RVAA, served on the board of directors or chaired a committee and have dedicated a clear objective to improve the RV industry that is noteworthy of their colleagues and contemporaries.
The 2015 RVAA conference was a record-breaker with 270 attendees, including new service, suppliers, distributors, as well as sales representatives. Several attendees were also recognized with various awards, as detailed below:
2015 Award Winners
President’s Award: Matt Warner, Unified RV
Distributor of the Year: Coast Distribution
Supplier of the Year: Star brite
Product of the Year first place: Winegard
Product of the Year second place: Atwood
Product of the Year third place: Valterra