RVIA Honors Members for RV Industry Service

June 10, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Award recipients gather following RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting. They are (from left) Bob Parish of GE Capital, chairman of RVIA’s Financial Services Committee, who accepted the Special Award on behalf of the RV Financing Community; Bob Tiffin of Tiffin Motor Homes, who was honored with the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award; Gregg Fore of Dicor Corp., who was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award; Walter Cannon of the RV Safety Education Foundation, who was given the National Service Award; and RVIA President Richard Coon.

During the Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C., on June 7, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) honored industry leaders who exhibited outstanding contributions to the association and the RV industry in 2010, according to a news release.

“RVIA’s Awards program was established to recognize individuals in a variety of areas who have gone far beyond the call of duty to work for the betterment of the RV industry,” said RVIA Chairman of the Board Gregg Fore. “As chairman, it is so rewarding to acknowledge the personal successes and tremendous contributions of talented people who we are fortunate to have working in our industry.”

Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award – Recognized as the industry’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual within the RV industry who sets themselves apart through outstanding service. This year’s recipient was Bob Tiffin of Tiffin Motor Homes.

“Without any doubt, Bob has set himself apart through outstanding service to the association, the industry, his company, and the legions of loyal Tiffin customers,” said Fore. Tiffin served on the RVIA Board of Directors from 2006-2009 and has worked diligently on the association’s behalf as a political advocate, meeting with legislators to represent the RV industry on important legislative and regulatory issues at the federal and state level.

“Bob is one of the most respected, beloved men in the RV industry,” Fore said. “Over the course of nearly four decades, he has built Tiffin Motor Homes into an industry leader, renowned for innovative products, impressive product quality and a total commitment to the people who buy Tiffin products.”

National Service Award – Walter Cannon, executive director of the RV Safety Education Foundation, was the honoree for the National Service Award, presented to an individual, company or organization outside the manufacturing segment who has contributed to the industry.

He was recognized for his work to bring accurate, unbiased RV safety education to RV owners as well as his efforts with the RV industry on the important topics of tire and RV weight safety as a member of several RVIA committees.

“You will find no greater champion for RV safety issues than Walter Cannon,” said Fore. “Our industry and RV owners across the country have benefitted greatly from his dedication and considerable knowledge and expertise on vital safety issues.”

Special Award – The RV Financing Community was presented with the Special Award for the extraordinary contributions this group has made to the RV Industry’s overall success.

“As credit tightened during the recession and financial companies left the RV market, our industry was fortunate to have a committed group of banks and financial institutions that continued to stand with us,” Fore said.

Fore also noted that many companies that remained in the RV market have long been supportive of the association and the RV industry as members of the association’s Financial Services Committee. “As committee members, these companies work collectively to strengthen the ties between the RV industry and the financial services community and to develop programs that help attract financial and insurance products and services to the RV market,” he added.

Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards – The Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award, honoring an individual making outstanding contributions toward the advance of standards in our industry, was presented to Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp. by RVIA President Richard Coon.

Fore has been a member of the Standards Steering Committee since 2004 and served as the group’s chairman from 2005 – 2010. Under his direction, the committee developed program guidelines for formaldehyde emission levels, developed requirements for adopting federal weight label criteria, and created a new Foreign Affairs Subcommittee to examine standards issues in a more global light.

“Gregg’s leadership combined with his knowledge and expertise on a wide range of technical issues has helped our industry develop standards and policies that have helped our industry build safer RVs,” said RVIA President Richard Coon in presenting the award to Fore.

RVIA also announced during the award presentations that the David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award will be presented to Wilbur Bontrager of Jayco Inc. at the RVIA Board of Directors meeting in September and the RVIA Legislative Award will be presented to Ohio State Senator Keith Faber at a special event to take place later this summer.


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