RVIA’s Matt Wald Named Park Trailer Executive Director
Matt Wald, a staff member of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), has been named to the newly created position of park trailer executive director for the association.
He will serve as staff liaison and manage the affairs of RVIA’s newly formed Recreational Park Trailer Standing Committee.
“I’m excited to welcome Matt to this new role representing park trailer manufacturers,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “With his strong government relations and public affairs background, he is uniquely qualified to serve the interests of the park trailer industry both within RVIA, but also more importantly to the world.”
Wald has worked as RVIA’s director of government affairs since 2003 with the responsibility of lobbying state and federal governments on issues impacting the RV industry. Before joining RVIA, Wald served as director of federal and state government programs at the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. He also was director of government affairs for both the American Subcontractors Association and the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. Prior to that, he spent several years as an aide on Capitol Hill.
In this role, Wald will be responsible for promoting and protecting the interests of park trailer manufacturer members, according to a news release. By leveraging the activities of the existing RVIA committee and departmental structure, he will serve the park trailer industry by:
- Monitoring and acting on federal, state and local legislative issues.
- Preparing, analyzing and distributing market data and demographics.
- Managing the ongoing process of creating and updating the ANSI A119.5 national safety standard for park trailers.
- Serving as the liaison between RVIA and the media to promote the recreational park trailer industry as well as acting as an industry spokesperson with government agencies, industry trade groups and at industry trade shows.
RVIA and the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) recently reached an agreement for park trailer manufacturers to join RVIA as members. One of the conditions of that agreement was the creation of the park trailer executive director position within RVIA to guide association efforts for this membership segment on a daily basis.
RVIA will begin soliciting and accepting companies as park trailer members in April. Wald will officially assume the executive director position on July 2, spending the interim time transitioning from his current role as government affairs director.