The RV Industry Association (RVIA) annually recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the RV industry with the presentation of awards honoring exceptional service and achievements in the areas of RV standards, education, government affairs and journalism.
According to a press release, awards are presented throughout the year and the most recent round of honorees received their awards during RVs Move America Week earlier this month. Three awards were presented during the all-industry event: National Legislative Award, Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award and National Education Service Award.
Don Gunden from Forest River Inc. presented Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) with the National Legislative Award during the RV Caucus RVs Move America Breakfast on June 5. Gunden said, “Don’t try to go into Jackie’s office with talking points. She’ll stop you cold, because she knows more about the RV industry than we do.”
RVIA Chairman Garry Enyart presented the Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award to Matt Miller of Newmar Corp. During his tenure as Standards Steering Committee Chairman, Miller provided guidance to the various technical subcommittees to better address the critical safety decisions that needed to be established in relation to the adopted RV standards.
Lance Wilson, executive director of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), received the National Education Service Award, recognizing those who have been instrumental in the development of educational programs in the RV industry.
Wilson stated, “I accept this award on behalf of Jim Carr, our Education Director and on of our Board of Directors. Jim has been with us from the inception of the FRVTA Distance Learning Network and we would not be where we are without him. For the last 20 years, our board has supported this program enthusiastically and will continue to lead us forward in the future. I have been fortunate to have been associated with these fine people. My thanks to the RV Industry Association for this exceptional honor.”