For the second year in a row, Winegard took home Product of the Year honors at the RV Aftermarket Association’s Executive Conference.
Winegard’s Rayzar Automatic Local Broadcast HDTV Antenna took the top product prize, followed by Atwood’s Stove Wrap and Valterra’s Sniff ’n’ Stop.
During a luncheon Thursday (Aug. 20), the Association named the winners of its most prestigious awards, which include the President’s Award, the Jim Barker Award and Product of the Year winner and finalists at the Executive Convention in Vancouver, Canada.
After winning last year’s top product award with its G2 Carryout, Winegard Director of Marketing Denise Baker credits the company’s collaboration and research and testing facilities for keeping Winegard ahead of the curve.
“We try to stay pretty close to our customers and kind of keep abreast of what they’re asking for,” Baker said. “We’re very fortunate that we have excellent research and development technology and strong facilities where we can manufacture cost-effective products. “
RVAA tapped Valterra’s Sniff ‘n’ Stop line for third in the top product’s contest.
Winegard debuted the low-profile antenna, which can automatically search for the antenna location that provides the most local channels, at the 2014 National RV Show in Louisville, Ky.
Atwood took home the runner-up award for Product of the Year with its Stove Wrap, a reusable liner that fits under the cooking surface on RV stoves to catch crumbs and drips. The product debuted at distributor shows earlier this year.
“It’s a great honor,” Atwood Director of Aftermarket Sales Trey Miller said. “We knew the Stove Wrap was a great product; it’s new, it’s innovative and it’s something that has not been out there before, so it’s not a me-too product.”
The Association tapped Valterra’s Sniff ‘n’ Stop rodent and bug repellent lineup for third place in the Product of the Year contest. The Sniff ‘n’ Stop is made of oils that are encapsulated and time-released from inside a negatively charged polymer to repel pests.
Jim Barker, President’s Awards
NTP-Stag’s John Spaulding received the Jim Barker Award, RVAA’s highest honor.
The award recognizes individuals who have worked enthusiastically on behalf of the RVAA for many years; dedicated time and money to spearheading projects and programs to improve RVAA; served on either the Board of Directors or chaired an Association committee; and that person’s dedication to improve the RV industry will be obvious to many.
Matt Warner, of Unified RV, received the President’s Award for his service to the Association over the past year.