December '19

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68 • RV PRO • December 2019 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S Garry Enyart (RVIA chairman), the executive committee and the board in developing the roadmap for the future of the organization. I thoroughly enjoy developing strategies and executing on a vision. I'm also looking forward to the opportunity to work more closely with our industry partners. RV PRO: When you were named to the president's position on an interim basis earlier this year, you mentioned then that one of the things you intended to do was go on a "listening tour" to meet with industry representatives. What kind of feedback did you receive? Kirby: Well, I don't think the members, and our industry partners, could be any more supportive of the Association and the direction that we're going. The main feedback was to focus on our signature pro- grams. That's the area that the members find the most value. And so that's where we're going to focus our efforts. RV P RO : D u r i n g t h e i n i t i a l announcement of you stepping into the president's role on an interim basis this summer, you mentioned how important unity was. Do you believe there are some specific things the industry could do to become more unified now? Kirby: I think that two of the big- gest things that the industry has accom- plished have been Go RVing, which I called our shining star. I mean, no other industry, to my knowledge, has been able to duplicate it to be as successful as Go RVing has been. I think RVTI is another great example of us trying to reach new heights as an industry; and we're working closely together with our dealer partners in that effort. I know there are additional oppor- tunities that we'll find along the way to improve – to take the industry to a to a better location, greater heights. Together, we can accomplish a lot more than working alone. RV PRO: RVIA has pushed several major initiatives in the past three years, including the launch of RV Tech- nical Institute, the integration of the RV Aftermarket Association into RVIA, and getting the federal government to track outdoor recreation's fiscal impact on the economy – to name just a few. In the near term, do you anticipate RVIA will continue to undertake lots of big initiatives, or is now a time for fine-tuning? Kirby: RVIA is always going to do its best to move the industry forward and to promote and protect the industry – especially our members. So, there may be additional big proj- ects along the way, but I also think that we've got a lot on our plate right now that we really need to focus and execute on. That's what we're doing. For RVTI, we've had the grand opening, but we're going to open up our doors for the Level 1 and Level 2 curriculums here coming up in January. I think that is something that is crit- ical for the industry: Trying to address things such as the Repair Event Cycle Time and being able to repair units faster and correctly the first time. That is one of our top priorities. RV PRO: In a previous interview with RV PRO, you mentioned how RVTI reminded you of the nascent stages of Go RVing. Can you expand on why you feel that is the case? Kirby: Going back (before Go RVing), there were a lot of different ideas on market promotion. There were some who felt that they could handle market promotion themselves better than the industry or maybe they felt they had an advantage in that way. What happened, though, was that all the industry partners got together and said, 'Hey, we can create a larger market and there can be plenty of competition within that market, so let's work together to create a larger market.' And that's what happened. People put aside their differences for the good of the industry. And I don't think anybody would argue that Go RVing hasn't been Kirby is shown addressing RVIA members during Committee Week. Kirby tells RV PRO that a big priority moving forward will be to fine-tune some of RVIA's existing programs and initiatives. "So, there may be additional big projects along the way, but I also think that we've got a lot on our plate right now that we really need to focus and execute on. That's what we're doing," he says.

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