Wade Elliott of Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group has received the campground industry’s highest honor for an individual: the Stan Martin Memorial Award.
Presented by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) during last month’s Outdoor Hospitality Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, the Stan Martin Memorial Award recognizes private park operators and vendors who serve as role models for their peers in the industry through their exceptional volunteerism and commitment to help strengthen the campground segment of the tourism business.
According to a press release, Elliott was chosen to receive the award because of his extraordinary level of involvement and support for private parks through his volunteer work on various industry committees and boards, as well as his high level of involvement in industry trade shows, both as a vendor and frequent seminar leader who has discussed everything from electric code requirements to the use of pedestals as electric vehicle charging stations.
Utility Supply Group is a leading supplier of pedestals, power boxes and other electric supplies for campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across North America.
“Wade is huge asset to our industry,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC).
In addition to serving as a Supplier Council representation to ARVC’s board of directors, Elliott is a member of ARVC’s National NFPA 1194 Committee, which is developing recommendations to update a variety of federal laws and regulations, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1194 Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks & Campgrounds; the National Electric Code NFPA 70; the Uniform Plumbing Code; and the Americans With Disabilities Act Series 1006.
In 2013, Elliott worked in concert with Doug Mulvaney of Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and Bruce Hopkins of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to help campground operators delay the imposition of a proposed National Electric Code (NEC) code requirement to ground each electric pedestal with copper grounding rods at a cost of $70 to $100 each. Elliott, whose company is the leading supplier of pedestals for campgrounds, said such a requirement is not necessary because pedestals are already properly grounded. He also said he is not aware of any accidents or studies that would justify the proposed copper ground rod requirement.
“If we hadn’t been there to intervene, this new regulation could have cost a 100-site park owner $7,000 to $10,000,” Elliott said, adding that the potential cost to private park operators across the country would have exceeded $32 million.
“While we were not able to kill the proposal, we were able to delay its implementation by NFPA for another three years,” Elliott said.
In addition to his volunteer work on behalf of ARVC, Elliott is secretary of KOA Care Camps, which which provide funding support to camps that provide unique activities and support for children with cancer and their families.