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Spader Leadership Program Applications Available


The Mike Molino RV Learning Center has begun accepting applications for the 2020 to 2021 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship. This scholarship honors the RV industry service of Spader Business Management founder Duane Spader, a past chairman of RV Dealers Association, and a champion of life-long learning.

Spader offers the Leadership Development Scholarship annually to give one current or future leader the opportunity to participate in the program. In addition, the Learning Center and Spader partner to deliver training targeted at young executives in the RV industry.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Oct. 7. The recipient receives full tuition valued at $14,875 to attend the 18- to 24-month Spader Leadership Development Program. The recipient will only be responsible for travel expenses. In addition, applicants must be an employee of an RVDA dealer member.

Learn more and download an application form at the RV Learning Center website.

The Spader Leadership Development Program is an 18- to 24-month program for current and future leaders that involves five three-day sessions. In between sessions, participants are tasked with putting what they’ve learned to work in their dealership and tracking the results of those efforts through assignments and one-on-one sessions with a Spader coach.

The recipient will be selected shortly after the application deadline in ample time to prepare for the first session, Jan. 14-16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Upon graduating from the program, the organization states that participants will know how to:

  • Lead their organization’s culture and strategy
  • Improve their leadership and management effectiveness
  • Coach their team to higher performance
  • Effectively understand and manage each area of total business success
  • Hire the best candidates for each position
  • Deliver world-class customer service
  • Assess and improve their dealership’s organizational and financial health

Additional details about the Leadership Development Program can be found here.

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