The RV Industry Association (RVIA) last week (7/18) parted company with three staffers in an apparent cost-saving measure taking place in the wake of the cancellation of the national trade association’s “RVX” show, a trade event held in March in Salt Lake City that has been terminated for the time being, at least in its current form.
In what amounts to a reduction in force regarding positions that will not be replaced, RVIA spokesmen confirm, the organization released Liz Crawford, senior vice president of trade shows and events, Chris Fanning, senior vice president of finance and operations, and Beverly Whitley, events assistant.
“In talking with the RV Industry Association members, as well as in evaluating the feedback the organization received in our most recent member satisfaction survey, a decision has been made to make changes to our organizational structure,” RVIA said in a statement released late this morning (July 22). “The changes include a reduction in workforce in our events and finance departments, as well as a restructuring. We don’t anticipate any further changes. These moves are intended to better align our resources behind the programs our members value most and to more effectively focus on best serving their needs and those of the RV industry.
“Management controls for RVIA’s financials remain in place and the association continues to be in a solid financial position. On the events side, the member task force, in concert with RVIA staff and possible industry partners, will continue its work to determine the future potential for industry events. Decisions to reduce and realign resources are never easy, but as a membership organization, the needs of our members ultimately drive our direction. We would like to thank those staff members who were impacted for their service to the RV Industry Association and our members, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.”