Tony Clark, parts and service manager at Ron Hoover RV and Marine, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship. According to a press release, the scholarship will allow him to attend an 18-month Spader Leadership Development Program as part of a new facet to the strategic alliance between Spader and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center.
The scholarship is named for Spader founder and former Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) chairman, Duane Spader. The joint arrangement promotes leadership development programs for RVDA members and provides one annual scholarship. The 2016 scholarship competition will open this fall and the winner will be announced at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 2–6 in Las Vegas.
Clark came to the Ron Hoover Cos. in 2004 as a flag technician although he was already an experienced service manager and had owned his own RV service business. When the service manager position came open, he was prepared to step in and do the job.
“Tony has worked tirelessly alongside the general manager of our Houston store,” said Chris Hoover, president of the Ron Hoover Cos. “One of our largest operations, the role of service manager, is a demanding one. Tony regularly rises to the challenge and many times surpasses our expectations. Any additional training and education Tony receives will only enhance what is already a stellar performance history and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
For more information about the program visit the Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship web page. The next time applications will be accepted will be fall of 2015. Contact Karin Van Duyse, chief of the RV Learning Center, with any questions at 703-591-7130, x108, or [email protected].