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RVIA to Honor Coon at Sept. 29 Gala

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The RV Industry Association will honor Richard Coon for his 10 years of service as the Association’s president during a special celebration on Sept. 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Ga., during the Board the Directors’ meeting.

The gala event will draw friends and colleagues from across the industry to salute Coon, who will retire from RVIA on Oct. 1. The evening, co-hosted by RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager of Jayco Inc., and former Chairman Jim Sheldon of Allied Recreation Group, will feature a video tribute as well as remarks from Garry Enyart with Cummins Power Generation; Gregg Fore with Dicor Corp.; Doug Gaeddert with Forest River Inc.; and Bruce Hertzke, formerly of Winnebago Industries.

“We are looking forward to a tremendous evening that will celebrate Richard’s impressive record of success as RVIA president,” Bontrager said. “The speakers we have lined up are friends who have worked with Richard for many years during his time at Onan and RVIA. They’ll have some interesting stories to share. We are going to honor Richard, but also some have some good-natured fun with him. I don’t think he would have it any other way.”

Coon announced his retirement during RVIA’s Annual Meeting in March. As RVIA president, Coon successfully steered the association through the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression and leaves the association in a strong financial position.

His key achievements include spearheading initiatives to expand and improve RV technician education; create global opportunities for RV manufacturers and suppliers; unify the North American RV market by harmonizing marketing efforts and RV standards between the United States and Canada; upgrade the RVing experience for customers; improving relations with RV dealers and the campground industry; and welcoming park model RV members back into RVIA.

Before joining RVIA as president in 2005, Coon enjoyed a 30-year career in the RV industry, including his role as director of RV business for Cummins Power Generation. He succeeded David Humphreys, who had held the position for three decades.

“Taking the position of RVIA president back in 2006 was one of the best decisions of my professional career,” Coon said. “It has been a true pleasure to work with such a great group of volunteer members and a staff of dedicated employees to promote the RV industry.  I’m looking forward to joining with them to celebrate all that we have accomplished together.”

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