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In 2017, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) launched the 40 Under 40 awards, a program designed to identify future leaders in the RV industry. 

According to a press release, the goal was not simply to create a one-time ceremony, but to engage the next generation of innovators in the RV industry and to build on the initiative each year. Anyone who demonstrated a commitment to our amazing industry at any level within their organization was eligible to be recognized for this honor.

The RV Industry Association asked for nominations for the second annual 40 Under 40 class in late 2018, and a special committee of industry leaders was asked to review these applications and select the finalists. They were nominated by their peers and represent a cross-section of industry segments.

“Each of these remarkable young men and women exemplify leadership and inspire others through their efforts,” said RV Industry Association SVP of Trade Shows and Events Liz Crawford. “Having such and amazing group of talent creating a real difference in their organizations means the future is very bright for our growing industry.”

The second annual 40 Under 40 award winners include:

Lindsay Babinsack – Sebrite Financial Corp.
Chase Baerlin – Bankston Motor Homes
Thomas Bennett – General RV Center
Larry Besse – Primeaux RV
James Bonin – Pan Pacific RV Centers
Kyle Bonita – Torklift International
Devin Burton – Giant Recreation World
Justin Carlton – Carlton Camping Center
Melanie Carr – Escapees RV Club
Travis Carr – Escapees RV Club
Adam Christoffersen – Winnebago Industries
Amy Closter – Owasco RV
Michael Cowherd – US Adventure RV
Joel Crawford – Torklift International
Chris Smith – Family Motor Coach Association
Ashley Elliott – Northwest RV
Zach Eppers – Coachmen RV
Shannon Esterly – Coach-Net
Robert FitzSimmons – Crossroads RV
Jordyn Foos – RV PRO
Jeremy Greene – RV Industry Association
Michilah Grimes – Lippert Components Inc.
Curtis Gunter – Forest River
Nick Haarhues – Carefree of Colorado
Sam Jefson – Winnebago Industries
Dustin Johns – Travel Lite RV
Anita Lien – RV Dealers Association of Canada
Bryan Melton – Airstream
AJ Pettis – Ron Hoover RV & Marine of West Houston
Stephanie Puglisi – RV Family Travel Atlas
Samantha Rocci – RV Industry Association
Joey Schneider – Ocean Grove RV Supercenter
Tim Suetkamp – Mito Corporation
Nicole Sult – Lippert Components Inc.
Alexa Szybowicz – Airxcel
Leigh Tiffin – Vanleigh RV
Karyn Torcoletti – Erwin Hymer Group of North America
Daniel Turk – Affinity RV
Mollee Veurink – Veurink’s RV Center
Brad Walden – Southern RV

The winners will be recognized at the 2019 RV Industry Awards held during RVX: The RV Experience on March 14 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah. Click here to register for RVX.