August '18

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84 • RV PRO • August 2018 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S facility in Elkhart, Ind., and the recruit- ment of an executive director to lead the RVTI enterprise. By establishing its headquarters in the Elkhart, Ind., area – the heart of the RV industry – trainers and other experts from RV component suppliers and OEMs will be able to easily provide practical hands-on training to techni- cians, according to RVIA. These newly recruited technicians will attend a "boot camp" at RVTI and then be placed at partnering RV dealerships and service facilities all over the country, according to the Association, which noted that training and accreditation also will be offered to existing technicians. In addition to the facility in Elkhart, RVTI also will establish a network of regional training partners that will be accredited to deliver training to existing technicians on a local or regional basis. New and existing training providers will be asked to partner with RVTI to provide standardized, centrally managed training, according to RVIA, which said that sev- eral current service training providers already have agreed to join this new stan- dardized training initiative. Critical to this plan is the imme- diate creation of a world-class RV tech training curriculum, according to RVIA. The Association said that its plan calls for taking the best existing industry training curriculum and making sig- nificant investment in improving these training measures by utilizing industry subject matter experts in conjunction with professional curriculum developers and technical writers. The new program will feature digital textbooks, PowerPoint decks, video and other teaching tools, which will serve as the framework for instructing new and existing technicians, according to RVIA, which said the process of building the new curriculum already has begun. "This truly is a watershed moment for the RV industry – one that illustrates pulling the industry together always cre- ates the best solution to challenges we face," RVIA Chairman Bob Parish said. He added, "We are heavily investing in technician development and bench- RVIA members pose for a group picture during the RV Caucus Reception. Some 120 RVIA members met with 170 members of Congress or their staffs during Advocacy Day, which RVIA says represents the largest turnout yet for Advocacy Day. RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer highlights some of the Association's initiatives, including a reimagined industry show and helping form the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, during a noon luncheon during Committee Week. While Committee Week was busy for attendees, with plenty of back- to-back meetings, it wasn't all work. During one of the social hours attendees (left to right): Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales for Athens Park Model RVs; Airxcel President Jeff Rutherford; Canadian RV Association President Shane Devenish; and Curt Yoder, vice president of Kropf Industries enjoy a lighthearted conversation.

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