Next Week’s RVIA Meetings Will Decide Industry Direction

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Members of the RV Industry Association will meet next week to discuss and consider new plans for the upcoming fiscal year at the Association’s annual Committee Week.

Participants at the 2014 Capitol Hill Day examine a motorhome in front of the Capitol Building. This year’s event features a reception for the newly-formed Senate RV Caucus. Photo courtesy of RVIA.

The five-day event begins Sunday at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington D.C., and will include two days of committee meetings, followed by the Board of Directors meeting and a series of meetings with U.S. House and Senate politicians and their staffs. 

RVIA President Richard Coon, who is retiring Oct. 1, will present his views on the issues and challenges facing the Association and the industry during a Tuesday (June 2) Joint Committee luncheon.

A search committee, led by Jayco President Derald Bontrager, was tasked with finding Coon’s successor. The group had expected to announce the new selection following the Wednesday (June 4) Board of Director’s meeting, Bontrager said in March.

The Presidential Committee will not meet officially during next week’s meetings, according to RVIA Director of Communications and Marketing Bill Baker, who did not know whether Coon’s successor would be named during the week. 

“I’m not sure about that,” Baker said. “That may be the plan, but we have not heard. I know that process is ongoing.”

RVIA’s Mac Bryan will join Coon during the luncheon to present the 2016 RV Market outlook, examining the economic conditions impacting the industry.

Fourteen industry committees, including the Go RVing Coalition, National Show Committee and the Supplier Coalition will meet during sessions that begin Sunday with the Canadian Coalition Committee and run through Tuesday.

“One of the things they’re going to do is looking at some of the big bullet points for the strategic plan that was developed back in March to put some strategies and programs in place to develop the strategic plan,” Baker said.

Monday’s lineup of committee meetings includes a lunch presentation from Pamela Danner of U.S. Housing and Urban Development. Danner will provide an overview of the rule that currently exempts RVs from including the porch when measuring a unit to determine whether it is a manufactured home or RV.

Danner, who is the administrator for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, will update the group on the process of revising the exemption.

“As they work to revise that, hopefully we’ll bring real clarity to the line between RVs and manufactured houses,” Baker said.

Following the committee meetings, chairs and staff liaisons will meet with the Executive Committee to provide updates on new programs that require funding.

The Executive Committee will pass recommendations on during the Board of Directors meeting Thursday (June 4), where the Board will discuss approval of the recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year.

On Wednesday (June 3) members of RVIA will meet with members of congress and their staffs. Baker said the number of meetings was not known because scheduling between congressional members and the RVIA Government Affairs staff was ongoing.

“Obviously we try to get to as many offices and take as many meetings as we can, both with members of the Senate and members of the House, as well as their key staff,” Baker said.

The event will conclude with a reception for the Senate RV Caucus, which formed this year to accompany the House RV Caucus. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who co-chair the Senate group, are expected to attend the event.

An events room at the top of the Hart Senate Office Building will be transformed into a campground setting where RVIA members will mingle with special guests from the U.S. Senate, Capitol Hill staff and allied trade associations.

“(The reception) is another great way to raise our profile on Capitol Hill with influential folks,” Baker said.

RVIA Committee Week 2015 Schedule

Sunday (May 31)
3 – 6 p.m.                   Canadian Coalition Committee

Monday (June 1)

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.           Registration
8 – 10 a.m.                 Seasonal Camping Committee
8 – Noon                     Market Information Committee
8 a.m. – Noon             RVST Council
9 a.m. – Noon             Public Relations Committee
10:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.    Park Model RV Committee
Noon – 1:30 p.m.       Join Committee Luncheon
1:30 – 5 p.m.              Annual Meeting Committee
1:30 – 5 p.m.              Go RVing Coalition
1:30 – 5 p.m.              Lawyers’ Committee
6 – 7 p.m.                   Reception – Smithsonian National Zoological Park (Buses depart Mayflower at 5:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. from De Sales Street Entrance)

Tuesday (June 2)

7 a.m. – 3 p.m.            Registration
8 a.m. – Noon              Public and Legislative Affiars Committee
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.            National Show Committee
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Standards Steering Committee
Noon – 1:30 p.m.        Joint Committee Luncheon
1:30 – 5 p.m.              Financial Services Committee
1:30 – 5 p.m.              Supplier Committee
3 – 5 p.m.                   Transportation Coalition

Wednesday (June 3) Capitol Hill Advocacy Day
7:30 – 9:15 a.m.          Pre-Advocacy Day Briefing
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.       Advocacy Day Meetings – Capitol Hill
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Long-Range Planning/Executive Committee
5:30 – 7 p.m. Senate   RV Caucus Reception – Hart Senate Office (Buses depart Mayflower at 5 p.m.; return from Capitol Hill at 7:15 p.m.)


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