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Who is Seeking Election to RVIA Board?

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If you’re on the fence about the pending RV Industry Association board elections, you’re running out of time to make a decision.

Tuesday (Aug. 25) is the final day to cast votes for the election, which includes 14 members across three categories, vying for eight positions. Ballots were distributed electronically Aug. 3 to voting members.

The following is a breakdown of each category and its candidates.

Manufacturers

Six members seek three manufacturer spots this year. The field includes four incumbent members.

Paul Cassidy, vice president of sales and service at Roadtrek (Kitchener, Ontario), is currently the lone Canadian on the RVIA’s Board of Directors.

Cassidy is a member of the Canadian Coalition and the Membership Committee.

“It’s my intention to contribute on a higher level and get on more committees,” he said. “As I’ve gotten into it, I’ve got more connections and want to push to add to what I’m doing as those opportunities come available.”

Jack Cole, who began working at Lance Campers in 1966 and later became president and CEO, is a current member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Membership Committee.

“I’m an owner of a manufacturing company, and there aren’t as many owners as there used to be,” Cole said. “The other thing is the company, Lance, has grown around producing truck campers, and not a lot of manufacturers are involved in making truck campers, so I think I bring a little bit different perspective from a management style and also from a category or type of product.”

Ryan Elias, vice president and general manager of Triple E RVs in Winkler, Manitoba, looks to be the second Canadian added to the Board, if elected this month. Elias is currently a member of the Canadian RV Association’s board of directors.

“My areas of focus, are on promoting the industry as a whole, and the consumer awareness-side, and I think RVIA has done a great job of that,” Elias said, adding that, as a Board member, he would like to work with the National RV Show in Louisville.

“The Louisville show needs to be modernized badly,” Elias said. “They’ve talked about it many times, but it always seems to end. … They just need to continue the talks. Do we change the date? Because the date is important too, and it’s not really product introduction anymore in December. The talks with the RVDA, I think, are a good thing. I think we need to change it up a bit.”

Jim Jacobs, president of Allied Recreation Group in Decatur, Ind., is the incumbent chairman and member of the National Show Committee. Jacobs also is on the Market Information Committee.

“I think the future of the Louisville show, and making sure we can continue to keep that a vibrant show, is important,” Jacobs said. “A lot of the legislation out there is something we need to be extremely active in, and obviously a lot of the national legislation that impacts us, we have to stay active in. We’ve got to keep our eyes and ears open to what’s going on in the regulatory front. I think we do a great job in that arena, but we have to stay very diligent and current on what’s going on in that world.”

Daniel Shea has served as president of the Gulf Stream Towable Division since 1995, and has served various roles at the company since starting there in 1984. Shea is an incumbent member of the RVIA Board of Directors. He served on the RVIA Membership Committee from 2003-14, and with the Strategic Planning Committee from 2010-12.

In a written statement, Shea said that in light of the ongoing consolidation in the RV manufacturing sector, he believes he provides an essential independent perspective on issues facing the industry, both at the manufacturing level, and the dealer level.

Tim Tiffin general manager of Tiffin Motorhomes in Red Bay, Ala., is a current member of the RVIA Board of Directors, and serves as the chairman of the Annual Meeting Committee. He is also on the RVIA Awards Committee.

Suppliers

Three men vie for one supplier term on the board.

Rick Corry, senior vice president of sales and marketing at LaSalle Bristol in Elkhart, serves on the Supplier Committee.

“I think it’s very important for the industry to work together because we’re so interconnected, so for us to be able to work trends and future products with the OEMs, so that we can give them a good global sourcing option, I think, is very important.”

To be involved with some of the training the OEMs are trying to work for, both on the technical training for the technicians and dealers, and the safety training and best-practices sharing across the industry, is key.

Craig Floyd is director of sales at Mobile Power Products (Technology Research Corp.) in Clearwater, Fla. Floyd is the current chairman of the Supplier Committee, and serves on several RVIA committees and subcommittees. He is a current member of the Annual Meeting Committee, Market Information Committee and the Standards and Steering Committee. He also serves on the Electrical Technical Subcommittee, the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee and the RVIA Technical Subcommittee.

Kevin Phillips, president of Thetford Corp. of Ann Arbor, Mich., is a current member of the RVIA Board of Directors and is the current secretary on the Executive Committee. Phillips is the chairman of the Membership Committee, and serves on the Audit, Market Information, Public & Legislative Affairs and the Strategic Planning Committees. He formerly served as the chairman of the Nominating Committee (2011), and on the Supplier Committee (2006-15).

At-Large

Among the most competitive field in the 2015 elections belongs to the At-Large category, where five members compete for two spots on the Board of Directors.

Garry Enyart is director of mobile generator sales and coach care at Cummins Power Generation in Fridley, Minn.

As a current member of the RVIA board, Enyart has worked with Cummins Power since 2005, and currently serves as the second vice chairman and past-treasurer of the RVIA Executive Committee.

He is the chairman of the Audit Committee and a current member of the Awards Committee, China Committee and the Public and Legislative Affairs Committee.

Enyart is also a member of the RV Dealers Association/RVIA Certification Governing Board and holds positions with the RV Service Council, as well as the Strategic Planning Committee.

Mike Farmer is vice president of sales and marketing at Carefree of Colorado in Broomfield, Colo., and is a current member of the RVIA Board of Directors.

Farmer holds spots on the Market Information and Supplier Committees, and is a past member of the RV Aftermarket Association Board of Directors (2001-05).

Scott Mereness is president of Lippert Components in Elkhart.

Mereness has participated for the past several years in the RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, and has made guest appearances at the Public and Legislative Affairs and Standards Committee meetings during Committee Week.

He has served as a member of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s TAC Committtee, and he is a board member of the Samaritan Center.

Tom Ryan is vice president of sales and marketing for Alterra Distribution in Elkhart.

Ryan is a current member of the RVIA with more than 30 years of service on the Standards and Steering Committee, Electrical Technical Subcommittee and Plumbing Technical Subcommittee. He is a current member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee and a past member of the Technical Subcommittee on CAN and Lonworks.

He was named the 2012 recipient of RVIA’s Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award.

Elden Wood is vice president of sales and Marketing for the Truma Corporation in Elkhart, Ind.

Wood is a current member of the Annual Meeting Committee and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee. He is a past member of the Supplier Committee (2011-13).

 

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