Recognized Supplier Guide '19

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rv-pro.com January 2019 • RV PRO • 35 • Lightweight • Stable entry to and exit from your RV • Stores securely right inside the door • 500 lb weight capacity • Adjustable feet accommodate uneven terrain of Representatives (with Republicans still holding the Senate and White House), nothing is going to be easy in the next two years. "A new layer of divided government at the federal level fur- ther complicates the legislative process," he said. "Only the most bipartisan initiatives will have any chance of success." Association Honors Bill Koster, vice president of specialty products at Protective Asset Protection, received the James B. Summers Award – RVDA's highest honor – for his 25-plus years of involvement in the RV retail industry. The James B. Summers award was created in 1986 to honor the Association's second chief staff officer. The RVDA Board of Directors chooses this honoree by a secret ballot from nomina- tions made by members. An emotional Koster said he was humbled by the award while thanking the Association. "You shouldn't receive an award for something you love to do," he said. Scholarship Winner Later in the day, at the Young RV Executives reception, Gen- eral Manager Chase Youngblood of Youngblood's RV Centers in Tennessee and Missouri was named the 2019-2020 recipient of the Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at nearly $15,000, will allow her to attend an 18-month Spader Leadership Development Pro- gram. The program is just one element of the strategic alliance between Spader and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. The scholarship is named after its founder and former RVDA chairman, Duane Spader. The joint arrangement promotes leadership development programs for RVDA members and provides one annual scholarship. The scholarship is part of a broader program of RVDA educational opportunities directed at Young RV Executives. Venue Boost Ingrassia said attendance at the Convention/Expo exceeded 1,600 for 2018, representing a 16 percent increase over 2017. He credited the change of venue from Bally's to Paris Las Vegas for much of the increased buzz. "It was a terrific week and a real indicator of the dynamic state of RV retailing in the U.S. and Canada," he said. The Expo floor held 170 exhibitors. The 2019 RV Dealers Convention/Expo is scheduled for Nov. 11 through Nov. 15 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. from page 33

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