December '19

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rv-pro.com December 2019 • RV PRO • 67 policy. So, I knew I would be the interim president in the event that Frank left. But I wasn't anticipating – based on conversations I had with Frank – that he would be leaving. I was hopeful that I'd get an opportunity at some point in my career. I just wasn't anticipating it at that moment. I can tell you that it caught me off- guard because I know that he is very passionate about the RV industry, but I understand an opportunity came along for something that's been a lifelong dream of his. And so, I'm glad he got that opportunity. I've been around in the industry for over 25 years, and I've always been very passionate about it. The people that make up this industry are very special. And, you know, we're in the fun industry. We bring a lot of smiles to families. I couldn't think of a better industry to be involved in. RV PRO: Just curious: What is a typical day like for you these days? Kirby: Well, I don't know if I could say there's a typical day. There are just a lot of different things that we're focused on. Going around having my 'listening tour' – meeting with members and industry partners – it really helped form the direction that the Association should be headed, and that's focusing on our signature programs: from self-reg- ulation to market promotion to state and federal advocacy. Most of the time spent here at RVIA is really focused on those programs and issues that arise related to them. Now, if you were at our RVTI's grand-opening, you'd have heard me say that I view RVTI as the fourth signature program, and it reminds me a lot of Go RVing when it got started because it is an industry effort to improve technician training and recruitment. RV PRO: Have your daily routines changed much from when you were in your previous role as senior VP of government relations and legal counsel for RVIA? Kirby: It has from the standpoint of working across all departments, as opposed to just the areas that I was responsible, and now with even more managing than in my last role. So, it is a different role. But it's a role that I feel equipped for and it's exciting to work more closely with all of the RVIA teams and not just the departments that I managed in my old position. It has also given me the opportunity to begin to meet one-on-one with each staff member. All I can say is, 'Wow!' I have learned so much from them and it will definitely help me be a better president. Also, the president position allows me to be intimately involved with Craig Kirby is a 25-year veteran of RVIA, having previously served as senior vice president of government affairs and general counsel for the Association. He is pictured here addressing RVIA members during Committee Week in July, after he was named interim president.

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