The RV Women’s Alliance (RVWA) board of directors met this week to continue the group’s development from a start-up into a thriving network of like-minded individuals willing to work together and elevate their business interests.

Held in Washington, D.C., as RV industry leaders gathered for the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) RVs Move America Week, RVWA Chair Susan Carpenter said board members and guests discussed networking events and other activities at the meeting.

“Since our launch in March, and even earlier than that to when we were creating the RVWA, there was a lot of groundwork of just getting it started. Now we’re getting into a really exciting time because now we get to plan a lot of different events. We have a lot of great ideas, a lot of marketing strategies, and a lot of things to really put us on the map. We actually ran out of time at our board meeting,” Carpenter, director of market development at Creative Products Group, Elkhart, Ind., told RVBUSINESS.com.

She noted that the next RVWA event is slated fo 5-8 p.m. on Thursday (June 6) at the new AC Hotel by Marriott in Worcester, Mass. Hosted by the New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA), the event includes a cocktail reception and is designed to introduce the RVWA to industry professionals throughout New England.
Other RVWA scheduled events will take place at the Aftermarket Executive Conference in August in Denver, and September’s Elkhart RV Open House. Other events in Pennsylvania and Texas also in the works.

Carpenter added that the board meeting also included a presentation from guest speaker Leo Akins, Forest River Inc.’s director of Quality Assurance, Codes & Standard. Having men join RVWA — as well as people from every segment and job level of the industry — is important, she explained, because the RVWA is meant to be all-inclusive.

“RVWA is more about empowering women, how can we work together. How can we bring this education to men and women in the industry? How we can work together as a team and walk out of a boardroom — or out of a meeting, or off of a production line — and all of us feel like we’ve been heard? It’s about the betterment of the company and the industry,” Carpenter said.

“The opportunity is real,” she continued. “So now our focus is not about creating RVWA, it’s more about building it. And that’s going to take a lot of people dedicated to doing a lot of work, and so we’re looking for great volunteers to help pull this off.”