The 2nd Annual “RV Industry Power Breakfast” featuring a prestigious slate of local and national speakers is again scheduled to draw key elements of the U.S. RV industry and an array of area industry people and civic leaders on the morning of May 8 to the Northern Indiana Event Center and RV/MH Hall of Fame in the RV-building hub of Elkhart, Ind.
And, with just a week to go before next Thursday’s breakfast, event coordinator B.J. Thompson of Elkhart-based BJ Thompson Associates has announced the addition of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski to the fast-paced early morning agenda.
With Congress in session, the 2nd District Indiana Republican congresswoman has agreed to provide teleconference remarks as part of an event that is also slated to include remote comments from U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), of South Bend.
“We’re really pleased that Jackie Walorski, only two days after the May 6 primary, has agreed to join us,” said Thompson. “It’s one more feature making this year’s industry-centric event even more exciting. With our attendance closing in on our goal of 500 – a substantial increase over last year’s 400 – we have added several new features to the program that should bolster the intelligence-gathering value of the breakfast itself for all of our attendees.”
The Power Breakfast, kicking off with a 7 a.m. sunrise buffet and 7:15 a.m. program, is sponsored by Dicor Corp., Dometic Corp., Forest River Inc., GE Capital, Jayco Inc., Kampgrounds of America Inc., Thor Industries Inc. and Spartan Motors Inc., and is facilitated by Elkhart-based RVBusiness magazine.
Anchoring the program’s first half will be comments from Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon plus an update on the industry’s national Go RVing marketing campaign from James Ashurst, vice president of communications and marketing for RVIA, who will be joined on stage by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia and Go RVing Coalition co-chairmen Bob Wheeler, president of Airstream Inc., and Tom Stinnett, principal of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV Center.
The second half will include remarks from KOA Chairman & CEO Jim Rogers in addition to a panel discussion spotlighting Forest River General Manager and RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert; Thor President & CEO Bob Martin; Jayco President & COO Derald Bontrager; Lippert Components Inc. CEO Jason Lippert; Patrick Industries Inc. President & CEO Todd Cleveland; and Airxcel Inc. President & CEO Mel Adams.
Afterwards, at about 10:45 a.m., will be a casual, off-the-record “RVIA Town Hall Meeting” during which attendees are invited to engage national association spokesmen and others on a wide range of topics, from technical training to certification, national trade shows, RV transport issues, camping trends, legislation and more.
Tickets for the May 8 event, including tables of eight, are available online through RVBUSINESS.com and RV Daily Report and, first-hand, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and at the RVBusiness offices (2901 E. Bristol Street) in Elkhart. Business casual dress is suggested.