OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — The Route 66 RV Network presented Randy Ketelsen, owner of Ketelsen Campers of Colorado in Wheat Ridge, Colo., with the 6th Annual Larry Coker Commitment Award at their recent 2014 Rally in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This annual award is named in memory of Larry Coker, a long-time RV industry colleague and Route 66 employee who unexpectedly passed away in February 2009. According to Dave Francis, partner and co-founder in Route 66, “Larry was committed to making the vision of the network a reality. His faith, sense of humor, optimism, humility and dedication were evident to everyone he met.”
The Larry Coker Commitment Award is given to the Route 66 RV Network dealer who best reflects Larry’s total commitment to the Route 66 brand.
”Ketelsen Campers of Colorado has been a member of the network for 10 years and Randy, along with his entire team, deeply embrace what it means to be a Route 66 dealer,” said Rob Merrill, Route 66 partner and co-founder. “Randy’s a champion of Route 66 and his commitment to the network goes much deeper than integrating the network’s products and messages into his dealership. He’s also faithfully served on the network’s advisory board offering his time, talents and wisdom toward strengthen the organization, as well as took the lead in forging relationships and local marketing efforts with KOA campgrounds in his state.”
Ketelsen expressed his gratitude for the award. “Everyone who comes into our store is well informed about the opportunities Route 66 products bring to enhance their product experience with us,” he explained. “It’s been a wonderful relationship with Route 66 over the years and that continues to grow every day. We’ve received many dealership awards but when people whose hearts are on the same team as yours do something like this. This is special. Thank you. This is big!”
In addition to the dealership recognition that this award delivers to the recipient, it also donates the dealership’s total annual network membership fee to a college education fund in their name to support Coker’s daughter who is currently in her junior year.
SOURCE: Route 66 press release