CHICAGO – The RV Aftermarket Association named Darryl Searer the Jim Barker Award winner in a lunch today at its Executive Conference in Chicago, where the Association also honored its Product, Distributor and Supplier of the Year winners.
KING’s Blue Tooth Speaker won the Product of the Year award, followed by Tank Check from AP Products and Winegard’s DISH Playmaker.
The winning product, a portable and weatherproof speaker system from KING, allows users to stream music from portable devices to the speaker.
The Association awarded Northern Wholesale as the Distributor of the Year, and Advantage Pressure Pro won the Supplier of the Year honors.
The RVAA distinguished Searer with Jim Barker Award, giving the RV/MH Hall of Fame president its highest honor.
The Award recognizes individuals who have worked on behalf of the RVAA for many years, and whose dedication to improve the RV industry will be obvious to many.
NTP-Stag’s John Spaulding won the award last year.
The award was presented by 1988 winner John Roba, founder of JR Products and longtime friend of Searer. Searer spent many years building Ultra-Fab Products, a company many in the industry know and respect. Roba noted that not only is Searer a past president of RVAA, but he continues to work tirelessly as the president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Searer presented plans to expand the Hall of Fame to members during the Awards Luncheon.
“Darryl has always been so giving of his time and energy, always doing what needs to be done and never asking for anything in return. Believe me, presenting this award [to Darryl] is long overdue,” Roba said in a news release from the RVAA.
Selected by a panel of past winners, Searer said he was surprised and thrilled to receive the award.
“I really am just flabbergasted,” Searer said. “I’ve been lucky enough to do what I love, with so many people who are key players in our [industry’s] success, for a long time. It’s an honor to be recognized like this,” Searer said.
The Jim Barker Award is highly coveted and only granted to worthy nominations, the RVAA said in a written statement. There have been several years when the award has not been given.