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The RV Safety Education Foundation (RVSEF) recently established the Virgil D. Miller Award in memory of the Newmar Corp. executive and association leader who died in July.
The award will be presented to a member of the RV industry who “exemplifies the ethical standards that were the keystone of Virgil’s leadership,” according to John Anderson, executive director of RVSEF, Chuckey, Tenn.
In addition to being president of Newmar Corp., Nappanee, Ind., Miller served on the RVSEF board and was the organization’s first president and chairman.
Miller also served on the RVIA board of directors and received the RVIA’s Distinguished Service Award last year. He was inducted into the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame in 2001.
“Virgil was … someone from whom we can all learn much,” said RVSEF board member Edson deCastro, founder, Data General Corp., Marlborough, Mass. “He proved that it is possible to run a successful business in a highly competitive environment while maintaining the highest of ethical standards. He well may represent an ideal model for the successful CEO of the 21st century.”
The award recipient will be selected by the RVSEF board of directors from nominations provided by the RV community, including manufacturers, dealers, suppliers, consumers and other participants in the industry.
Replacing Miller on the RVSEF board will be Dick Parks, current president of Newmar Corp. Also taking a seat on the board later this year will be Ellen Kietzmann, vice president of supplier Blue Ox, Pender, Neb.
The nonprofit RVSEF was founded in 2000 with the purpose of improving RV Safety with a focus on education.