The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently honored Wilbur Bontrager, Tom Faludy, Becky Lenington, John Margalski, Dianne Farrell, John Jones, John DeWolf and Gary LaBella for their contributions to the industry.
Bontrager, chairman and CEO of Jayco Inc., Middlebury, Ind., received the Distinguished Service Award, the association’s most prestigious honor, for his positive influence on the industry and for his focus on consumer and dealer relations, according to Walt Bennett, the RVIA chairman during 2001 and 2002.
Meanwhile, Faludy, president of Carefree of Colorado and chairman of the Go RVing Coalition, received the RVIA’s Special Award for his “exemplary attention to increasing industry awareness,” said Bennett, who also is Thor Industries Inc.’s senior vice president and CFO.
Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association, received the National Scholastic Award for successfully instituting a formal high school service technician program that has “helped move service technician training into a whole new area,” Bennett said.
Margalski, director of RV sales at Workhorse Custom Chassis Corp., received the Automotive Achievement Award for being an auto industry executive who has made significant contributions to the RV industry.
Farrell, the RVIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, received the National Legislative Award for her work during the past 20 years on legislative matters pertaining to the industry.
Jones, director of marketing and customer satisfaction for the RV Products Division of Airxcel Inc., won the National Education Service Award for his work developing education programs for the RV industry.
The National Service Award went to DeWolf for his work developing forecasting models for RV shipments. He retired late last year.
LaBella, the RVIA’s vice president of public relations and advertising, received the Outstanding Achievement Award for “elevating our industry’s profile and garnering the respect of the media.” Bennett said.