RV/MH Hall of Fame Announces ’19 Inductees (1/21/2019)
Story by Woodall's Campground Management
The board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation (Foundation) has announced the names of those who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) in August as the Class of 2019.
Foundation President Darryl Searer said, "Congratulations to the ten new honorees. All of them have had or are having outstanding careers and are richly deserving of this high honor."
Searer also applauded the work of the nominating committee that had to narrow a list of over 60 highly deserving candidates down to the final ten selected. He said, "I was especially impressed with the committee's work, for the diversity of this year's class, related to regions as well as the division of the nominee's industry segments such as community developers' suppliers, manufacturers, dealers, association executives, etc."
The Class of 2019 includes:
Pikes Peak Traveland
Randy Biles, owner of Pikes Peak Traveland, an RV dealership in Colorado Springs, Colorado, dedicated his profession life to his customers as well as the RV industry. His continuous involvement with and for the RV industry and many various industry associations earned Randy gratitude and respect from his industry peers. Evidence of this respect earned him the prestigious RVDA James B. Summers Award in 2008 and RVDA Chairman's Service in 2011. Randy served on the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) board from 1995-2001. In his 34 years in the industry, Randy's contribution to the RV industry over the many years has been beyond measure, and the industry is better for it.
Jeffrey P. Few
Automation & Manufacturing Systems
OEM and Supplier
When it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation, few have equaled Jeff Few because of the many ideas and concepts he brought forward that have benefited the recreation vehicle industry. He was first to develop the vacuum table for laminating RV walls. Most RV manufacturers use his process today. He developed the first bolt-on hitch for towable RVs to eliminate untrained welders from hodge-podge installation of hitches exposing the industry to safety concerns. The system is used universally in the auto and RV industry today.
Jeff was a founding member and president of Trailer Hitch Manufacturer's Association (THMA) in 1972. Few used a comprehensive marketing campaign to successfully convince the Senate that hitch manufacturers safely and diligently self-regulated themselves. For more than 50 years Jeff has contributed to the industry's greater good through his work with the trailer hitch association and RVIA van conversion committee.
RV Industry Association (RVIA)
Very few have had their work have such an overwhelming impact on the RV industry as Bruce Hopkins during his 50 years in the RV industry. Bruce's work has impacted every RV manufacturer, every OEM supplier, every RV dealer and ultimately every RV consumer that enjoys the RV lifestyle. No other person has worked as much as Bruce to ensure RVs are a safe product for the end user, are built to provide a positive consumer experience (cost-effectively) and can be repaired by a technician with the knowledge needed to get it done correctly. The entire industry would be in a dramatically different (not good) place without Bruce's contributions. Out of respect for his many years of work for fire safety in RVs, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented Bruce with a Lifetime Achievement award.
David Lance Wilson
Florida RV Trade Association
Association Executive Director
If there is anyone who loves the RV Industry more than Lance Wilson, Executive Director, Florida RV Trade Association, they would be hard to find. Lance has devoted his life to the industry and the State of Florida specifically. His passion for the lifestyle and his commitment to doing everything in his power to better it, is unmatched. Currently, he leads a staff of six full-time employees and gets the work of 20 out of them, all the while creating a fun, comfortable, professional and enjoyable work environment. One of Lance's major achievements is management of the annual FRVTA Super Show, arguably the most successful retail/trade RV show in the country. His accomplishments for the good of the RV consumer and industry are numerous and important. In 2012 Lance was honored with RVIA's "Dave Humphreys RV Unity Award" and in 2005, received RVDA's "Chairman's Service Award." Lance enjoys making a difference through actions and not words.
Daryl Zook is a true pioneer in the RV industry who exemplifies its entrepreneurial spirit. He founded K-Z, a towable RV manufacturer in 1972, fulfilling his desire to start his own company building truck campers.
Over his decades of leadership, K-Z has continued to grow, moving beyond truck campers to produce a full line of travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers that are still exciting dealers and customers today
In 2014, Zook sold K-Z to Thor Industries. Building a solid RV company over more than 40 years is a testament to the long-term vision of a man that has earned the respect and admiration of his peers throughout the industry, the release explained.
Zook is selfless when it comes to faith, charity, his employee’s, dealer’s and customer’s needs. Their good always comes before his own. He and his company have earned more DSI awards than any other towable manufacturer. His character is a testament to how everyone should aspire to conduct their lives, the nomination noted.
2019 Class members representing the manufactured housing industry include:
- · Richard “Dick” Ernst, Financial Marketing Associates Inc., Texas, MH Financial Services/Consulting
- · John Carey, Modern Home Sales and Midwest Homes, Kansas MH Community Development and Dealer
- · Leo Poggione, Craftsman Homes, Nevada, MH Dealer/Retailer
- · D. Raymond Broderick, Superior Homes, Pennsylvania, MH Community Development and Dealer
- · Walter "Wally" Comer, Adventure Homes LLC, Indiana, MH Community Development and Dealer
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