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Old 10-24-2005, 09:43 AM   #1
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October 24, 2005

RVIA Honors Recreation Vehicle Industry Leaders

RESTON, Va., October 24, 2005 " Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) honored eight well-respected industry leaders with its 2005 awards during the association's Annual Membership Meeting, September 24, in Williamsburg, Va. The awards celebrate outstanding contributions to the recreation vehicle (RV) industry and RVIA.

RVIA presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award, to Claire Skinner, of Coachman Industries, Inc. (Elkhart, Ind.). The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an individual within the RV industry who has performed outstanding service over an extensive period of time. Her commitment to RVIA and the RV industry includes a recent term as chairman and many years of service on the Board of Directors.

Skinner has been the chairman of the board, CEO and president of Coachmen Industries since 1999 and has been a member of RVIA's Board of Directors since 1995. As chairman of RVIA during 2002-04, she was a driving force in creating the industry's first RV-specific franchise law; testifying at legislative hearings; and persuading Florida to adopt the first motorhome-specific lemon law. A year after her chairmanship, Skinner is tackling the daunting task of updating the association's bylaws. She previously served as chairman of RVIA's Public & Legislative Affairs Committee providing strategic leadership during a critical timeframe when legislative initiatives were challenging the industry's unity. Skinner has been a member of the RVIA Strategic Planning Committee and the Go RVing Coalition for nearly 10 years. Other committee involvement includes: RVIA's Nominating Committee (1996); Public Relations Committee (1993-98); Market Information Committee (1991-93); and various subcommittees and task forces. Skinner has also served on the Board of Directors for the Florida RV Trade Association since 1993.

"Skinner's contributions to the RV industry begin with a willingness to get deep into the details of a subject, playing a hands-on role in any effort," said RVIA Board Chairman Bruce Hertzke, CEO and chairman of Winnebago, Inc., (Forest City, Iowa) in presenting the award. "As RVIA chairman she was an amazing strategic thinker with a tremendous eye for detail," Hertzke added.

RVIA's Special Award, presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the industry's overall success, went to Don Walter, president and CEO of Starcraft RV, Inc. (Topeka, Ind.). With more than 30 years in the RV industry, Walter has earned a notable reputation as a champion of RV market expansion. Walter serves on the RVIA Board of Directors, Public Relations Committee and is the current co-chairman of the Go RVing Coalition. He was one of the original members of the Go RVing Coalition and previously chaired the Go RVing Measurement and Goals Subcommittee. Before becoming president and CEO of Starcraft RV in 1991, Walter served as president of Holiday Rambler Corporation's RV Division.

In his remarks, Hertzke recognized Walter as one of RVIA's most active and long-time supporters of increasing the RV industry's visibility. "In 1979, he advocated a regional advertising campaign on behalf of dealers and manufacturers to target prospective RV buyers, foreshadowing the national Go RVing campaign." The National Service Award, presented to an individual, company or organization outside the manufacturing segment making outstanding contributions to the industry, was awarded to Mitch Shatzen, director of marketing for E*Trade Consumer Finance Corporation (Irvine, Calif.). Shatzen has been a longtime participant in several high-profile association communication and finance programs. Throughout his career with major RV lending institutions, he has been successful in building support of RVIA programs that promote RV market growth and industry unity. He is also one of the biggest supporters of the Go RVing program and is an enthusiastic voice for encouraging others to support the effort.

The Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards award, honoring individuals making outstanding contributions toward advancement in RV manufacturing standards, went to Mark Luttich, director of the Nebraska Housing and Recreation Vehicle Code Program (Lincoln, Neb.). Because of Luttich, no other state agency has been more cooperative and involved in the effort to harmonize all RV requirements with those adopted by RVIA. Luttich works closely with RVIA, striving for RV manufacturers to build products in a standardized approach and be able to ship them anywhere in the U.S.

Gary Motley, president of Motley RV Repair (Oklahoma City, Okla.) received this year's Education Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have been instrumental in the development of educational programs for RV service technicians. Motley demonstrates a passionate commitment to the success of RV education and training initiatives. He is an influential industry member who has made a significant contributions to professional technician education programs and study materials. Motley is a member of several training and education committees, including the Certification Test Governing Board; RV Service Technicians Council; Item Level Analysis Working Group; Textbook Development and Review Working Group; and DACUM Review Working Group. He is also a Master Certified Technician and Distance Learning Network Instructor and supporter.

The National Scholastic Award, honoring educators and administrators who have contributed most to the advancement of the RV industry in their area, went to Don Bray, director of Automotive Technology at Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, Pa.). Bray helped further the advancement of education in RVs by establishing Northampton's RV Service Technician Student Tool program, developing the RV Service Technician Apprenticeship program and creating the online course for the National RV Technical Institute.

United States Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) received RVIA's National Legislative Award, which honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in developing sound legislation governing matters pertaining to the RV industry. A long-standing friend of the RV industry, DeFazio has consistently worked to promote state and federal initiatives to strengthen the industry, such as excluding awnings from maximum RV width measurements, securing passage of an "RV Transporter" provision and inserting language supporting the RV Friendly logo program in the historic 2005 transportation authorization legislation. Congressman DeFazio has also been an active supporter of the National Scenic Byways Program and has provided invaluable support on use of Transportation Enhancement funds for recreational trails.

Vern Kauffman, president of conversion vehicle manufacturer L.A. West, Inc. (LaGrange, Ind.), received RVIA's Automotive Achievement Award, which is presented to a person from the automotive industry who has made outstanding contributions to the RV industry. Kauffman is responsible for spearheading the conversion vehicle portion of RVIA's strategic plan and has served on the RVIA Conversion Vehicle Committee for many years. In 2002, he was elected as chairman of the committee and has served on RVIA's Board of Directors. Kauffman has been instrumental in his assistance to help restructure overall marketing efforts on behalf of the CV segment of the industry.

RVIA (rvia.org) is the national association representing more than 550 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.
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RVIA Honors Recreation Vehicle Industry Leaders

RESTON, Va., October 24, 2005 " Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) honored eight well-respected industry leaders with its 2005 awards during the association's Annual Membership Meeting, September 24, in Williamsburg, Va. The awards celebrate outstanding contributions to the recreation vehicle (RV) industry and RVIA.

RVIA presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award, to Claire Skinner, of Coachman Industries, Inc. (Elkhart, Ind.). The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an individual within the RV industry who has performed outstanding service over an extensive period of time. Her commitment to RVIA and the RV industry includes a recent term as chairman and many years of service on the Board of Directors.

Skinner has been the chairman of the board, CEO and president of Coachmen Industries since 1999 and has been a member of RVIA's Board of Directors since 1995. As chairman of RVIA during 2002-04, she was a driving force in creating the industry's first RV-specific franchise law; testifying at legislative hearings; and persuading Florida to adopt the first motorhome-specific lemon law. A year after her chairmanship, Skinner is tackling the daunting task of updating the association's bylaws. She previously served as chairman of RVIA's Public & Legislative Affairs Committee providing strategic leadership during a critical timeframe when legislative initiatives were challenging the industry's unity. Skinner has been a member of the RVIA Strategic Planning Committee and the Go RVing Coalition for nearly 10 years. Other committee involvement includes: RVIA's Nominating Committee (1996); Public Relations Committee (1993-98); Market Information Committee (1991-93); and various subcommittees and task forces. Skinner has also served on the Board of Directors for the Florida RV Trade Association since 1993.

"Skinner's contributions to the RV industry begin with a willingness to get deep into the details of a subject, playing a hands-on role in any effort," said RVIA Board Chairman Bruce Hertzke, CEO and chairman of Winnebago, Inc., (Forest City, Iowa) in presenting the award. "As RVIA chairman she was an amazing strategic thinker with a tremendous eye for detail," Hertzke added.

RVIA's Special Award, presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the industry's overall success, went to Don Walter, president and CEO of Starcraft RV, Inc. (Topeka, Ind.). With more than 30 years in the RV industry, Walter has earned a notable reputation as a champion of RV market expansion. Walter serves on the RVIA Board of Directors, Public Relations Committee and is the current co-chairman of the Go RVing Coalition. He was one of the original members of the Go RVing Coalition and previously chaired the Go RVing Measurement and Goals Subcommittee. Before becoming president and CEO of Starcraft RV in 1991, Walter served as president of Holiday Rambler Corporation's RV Division.

In his remarks, Hertzke recognized Walter as one of RVIA's most active and long-time supporters of increasing the RV industry's visibility. "In 1979, he advocated a regional advertising campaign on behalf of dealers and manufacturers to target prospective RV buyers, foreshadowing the national Go RVing campaign." The National Service Award, presented to an individual, company or organization outside the manufacturing segment making outstanding contributions to the industry, was awarded to Mitch Shatzen, director of marketing for E*Trade Consumer Finance Corporation (Irvine, Calif.). Shatzen has been a longtime participant in several high-profile association communication and finance programs. Throughout his career with major RV lending institutions, he has been successful in building support of RVIA programs that promote RV market growth and industry unity. He is also one of the biggest supporters of the Go RVing program and is an enthusiastic voice for encouraging others to support the effort.

The Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards award, honoring individuals making outstanding contributions toward advancement in RV manufacturing standards, went to Mark Luttich, director of the Nebraska Housing and Recreation Vehicle Code Program (Lincoln, Neb.). Because of Luttich, no other state agency has been more cooperative and involved in the effort to harmonize all RV requirements with those adopted by RVIA. Luttich works closely with RVIA, striving for RV manufacturers to build products in a standardized approach and be able to ship them anywhere in the U.S.

Gary Motley, president of Motley RV Repair (Oklahoma City, Okla.) received this year's Education Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have been instrumental in the development of educational programs for RV service technicians. Motley demonstrates a passionate commitment to the success of RV education and training initiatives. He is an influential industry member who has made a significant contributions to professional technician education programs and study materials. Motley is a member of several training and education committees, including the Certification Test Governing Board; RV Service Technicians Council; Item Level Analysis Working Group; Textbook Development and Review Working Group; and DACUM Review Working Group. He is also a Master Certified Technician and Distance Learning Network Instructor and supporter.

The National Scholastic Award, honoring educators and administrators who have contributed most to the advancement of the RV industry in their area, went to Don Bray, director of Automotive Technology at Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, Pa.). Bray helped further the advancement of education in RVs by establishing Northampton's RV Service Technician Student Tool program, developing the RV Service Technician Apprenticeship program and creating the online course for the National RV Technical Institute.

United States Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) received RVIA's National Legislative Award, which honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in developing sound legislation governing matters pertaining to the RV industry. A long-standing friend of the RV industry, DeFazio has consistently worked to promote state and federal initiatives to strengthen the industry, such as excluding awnings from maximum RV width measurements, securing passage of an "RV Transporter" provision and inserting language supporting the RV Friendly logo program in the historic 2005 transportation authorization legislation. Congressman DeFazio has also been an active supporter of the National Scenic Byways Program and has provided invaluable support on use of Transportation Enhancement funds for recreational trails.

Vern Kauffman, president of conversion vehicle manufacturer L.A. West, Inc. (LaGrange, Ind.), received RVIA's Automotive Achievement Award, which is presented to a person from the automotive industry who has made outstanding contributions to the RV industry. Kauffman is responsible for spearheading the conversion vehicle portion of RVIA's strategic plan and has served on the RVIA Conversion Vehicle Committee for many years. In 2002, he was elected as chairman of the committee and has served on RVIA's Board of Directors. Kauffman has been instrumental in his assistance to help restructure overall marketing efforts on behalf of the CV segment of the industry.

RVIA (rvia.org) is the national association representing more than 550 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.
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