RESTON, Va. – Following an announcement by both RVAA and RVIA on June 27, the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association gathered at its annual RV Aftermarket Executive Conference in San Diego, California, this week and voted to have RVIA represent the RV aftermarket moving forward. The boards of both RVIA and RVAA had already unanimously agreed that RVIA would represent RVAA and the vote of the full membership at the executive conference solidified this decision.
RVIA maintains a diverse membership that, in addition to its manufacturer members, includes over 200 RV supplier companies and nearly 80 associate members. Building an alliance between RVIA and RVAA strengthens the aftermarket’s voice within the RV industry – as well as in important areas including regulatory agencies, federal and state legislators and the trade, national and local media.
RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer reconfirmed his sentiment that aligning the two groups creates a stronger RV industry, “We are pleased that RVAA and RVIA will be uniting as one voice in the RV industry and creating a stronger, louder voice as we pursue our mission to promote and protect the RV industry and ensure a favorable business environment for all of our members. RVIA strives to be the RV industry’s association and operates under a set of clearly defined core values, the first of which is: Place Members First – In Every Decision, Our Members are at the Center.”
“It’s been a lot of thought provoking work coming to this point but the RVAA Board is enthusiastic about RVIA strengthening the perspective and voice of RVAA members and the opportunities that will be afforded RVAA members” says RVAA President, Susan Carpenter.
Between now and the end of the year, leaders from RVAA and RVIA will create and execute a transition plan to ensure a seamless transition of membership. Any current RVAA member in good standing will have full access to all RVIA member benefits and is eligible to run for RVIA’s Board of Directors and get involved in industry committees. A new RV Aftermarket Committee will be formed and made up of the current RVAA Board of Directors. The chairman will be current RVAA and RVIA Board member, Craig Floyd, to ensure the voice of the aftermarket and distribution segment carries the same weight within the RVIA as all other standing committees. Steve Johnson of RVAA will assume the role as co-chair.
Source: RVIA press release