November '19

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122 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S Reporting on the RV industry across North America News of Note reminds me a lot of when Go RVing began. I have no doubt it will be just as successful. "We've heard from the board that they would like more of an emphasis on data," he said. "We are going to be providing more research and data and highlighting it in our communi- cations. We will also make it easier to find and use on RVIA. org to help our members." RVIA Welcomes 2020 Board Members The RV Industry Association recently announced new and re-elected board of director members, whose three-year terms will begin Jan. 1, 2020. Those board members are: Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries, repre- senting the RV manufacturer segment. Matt Miller, president of Newmar, representing the RV manufacturer segment. Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales, Champion/ Athens Park Model RVs, representing the park model segment. Matt Carboneau, district manager, WESCO Distribution, representing the supplier segment. Mary Pouliot, vice president of sales and marketing, Thetford Corp., representing the supplier segment. Bill Rogers, president, Keystone Automotive Operations/ NTP-STAG, representing the supplier segment. Jeff Sather, president and CEO, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., at-large member. Official representatives from RVIA member companies cast their votes Sept. 3 to Sept. 29 for a record 22 candidates running for the seven open positions. The 21 members of the board of directors have the highest level of authority in the Association's organizational structure and are responsible for association matters including setting and overseeing strategy and policy related to critical topics such as standards, marketing, government affairs, events, industry education and association finances. RVIA Picks Kirby as New President The RV Industry Association's board of directors has unanimously selected Craig Kirby to serve as the new president of the Association. "I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity," Kirby told RV PRO. "I've had a passion about this industry for the past 25 years. It's an industry that brings so much joy to so many people. I wouldn't be in this position without the support I've received over the years from staff, members – espe- cially the board and executive committee – our industry part- ners and my family. I've learned from all of them and I firmly believe my selection reflects the confidence the board has in our immensely talented and dedicated RVIA team." Kirby, a 25-year veteran of RVIA and long-time senior leader within the organization, replaces Frank Hugelmeyer, who stepped down earlier this year to become the top executive with the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Kirby, who has served as interim president since May, most recently served as senior vice president of government relations and general counsel. In this role, Kirby led several of the orga- nization's most prominent member service divisions including federal and state government relations, legal, industry stan- dards, as well as the organization's international business teams. During Kirby's time as interim president, he said he has done a lot of listening to the membership and learning what they believe his priorities should be. "From our member surveys, from in-person meetings, from my listening tour and in our strategic plan, our focus is going to be on our signature program," he said. "The self-regulation, the federal and state advocacy, the market promotion and now we've added a fourth signature program in RVTI. RVTI Kirby Martin Miller Grymonprez Pouliot Rogers Sather

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