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RVDA appoints Mike Regan of Crestview RV Center as chair

RVDA appoints Mike Regan of Crestview RV Center as chair

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — RVDA annual meeting updated attendees of the annual RVDA Convention/Expo on RVDA’s financial position, elected new officers and honored several dealers and associate members with special awards.

RVDA’s President Phil Ingrassia reported that RVDA finished the fiscal year which ended on June 30th with a healthy surplus, and earlier this year approved a $3.6 million dollar budget for Fiscal Year 2019.The association also has increased cash reserves, providing a solid foundation for the association.

RVDA, he said, also owns the headquarters building in Fairfax Virginia, noting “Thanks to the vision of RVDA leaders past and present – the building carries no mortgage.”

He concluded, “In summary, your association remains in a strong financial position thanks to your support and the responsible financial management of RVDA staff.

Darrel Friesen, the immediate past chairman and chairman of the nominating committee, led the effort to identify and recruit volunteer leaders committed to working on behalf of RVDA members across the country.

 

At the event, he listed the new volunteer leaders, starting with  naming Mike Regan of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas, as the chairman.

The remaining leadership positions are as follows:

First Vice Chairman:

Ron Shepherd

Camperland of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK
Second Vice Chairman:

Chris Andro

Hemlock Hill RV Sales, Inc.

Southington, Connecticut

 

Treasurer:

Mike Pearo

Hilltop Trailer Sales

Fridley, Minnesota

 

Secretary:

Sherry Shields

Pan Pacific RV Center

French Camp, California

 

The Board of Delegates also elected the following individuals to the Board of Directors:

 

Ryan Horsey

Parkview RV Center

Smyrna, Delaware

 

Scott Silva

Cold Springs RV Corporation

Weare, New Hampshire

 

Friesen then listed the association’s officers and directors of RVDA for the coming year.

The officers are:

 

Chairman

Mike Regan

Crestview RV Center

Buda, Texas

 

First Vice Chairman:

Ron Shepherd

Camperland of Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Second Vice Chairman:

Chris Andro

Hemlock Hill RV Sales, Inc.

Southington, Connecticut

 

Treasurer:

Mike Pearo

Hilltop Trailer Sales

Fridley, Minnesota

 

Secretary:

Sherry Shields

Pan Pacific RV Center

French Camp, California

 

Immediate Past Chair:

Tim Wegge

Burlington RV Superstore

Sturtevant, Wisconsin

 

He also introduced the directors who serve on the Board.

RVAC Chairman

Jeff Hirsh
Campers Inn

 

RV Rental Association Chairman

Scott Krenek

Krenek RV Center

Coloma, Michigan

 

RV Learning Center Chairman

Jeff Pastore

Hartville RV Center

Hartville, Ohio

 

Nathan Hart

Walnut Ridge Family Trailer Sales

New Castle, Indiana

 

Ryan Horsey

Parkview RV Center

Smyrna, Delaware

 

Scott Silva

Cold Springs RV Corporation

Weare, New Hampshire

 

Then Wegge presented the Chairman’s Service Awards, which recognize exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to RVDA and to the RV industry. “They are awarded and presented each year at the chairman’s discretion … I picked them … no committees,” he said.

First on his list was Sean Raynor of IDS, who was asked to provide dealers with RECT reporting and Wegge says, “he never hesitated to jump right in.”

He added, “Under Sean’s leadership, his team at IDS took the concepts that the RVDA-RVIA work group had formulated under the guidance of Garry Enyart of Cummins Onan andBill Rogers of NTP-Stag, and then Sean and his team developed functioning dashboards for dealers and the industry that measure repair event cycle time.Using dealer data from our DMS systems, his pioneering of these essential DMS reports will help the industry do a better job of providing service after the sale; and measuring our individual dealership’s progress will be VITAL to our success.”

“Sean’s ingenuity will help institute a benchmark in our industry for decades to come,” he concluded.

 

He then called upon Mike Regan from Crestview RV.

“Mike has been a leader on the parts issue since it was introduced 3 years ago by then chairman Brian Wilkins at the RVIA / RVDA Leadership Breakfast held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louisville show. In fact, Sean will tell you that Mike has been an invaluable resource in getting the RECT project going,” he said.

Regan offered and provided reams of Crestview’s repair data to help build the beta dashboards that will soon form the basis of RECT measurement for IDS dealers.

“Early in my chairmanship I was approached by an RVIA leader who asked how it was possible for the RVDA chairman to get everything done while serving only one year as chairman. Reflecting on that, I concluded that this was something we should look into. Two years as chairman is a lot to expect, but to have the first vice chair shadow the chairman could be a good alternative,” Wegge said. “At our March board meeting this year I asked Mike about this, and without hesitation, he agreed to be more involved. Moving forward, the first vice chairman will now work side by side with the chairman. This collaboration will help the transition from being vice chairman to chairman much more seamless and effective.”

Wegge then honored Randy Biles of Pikes Peak Traveland, who long after his tenure as RVDA Chairman of the Board, served as co-chair of the RVDA Industry Relations Committee with Debbie Brunoforte – working on updates to the annual DSI survey and spending hours with staff and volunteers updating RVDA’s Model Dealer Agreement. He has also worked hard with Colorado on legislation to protect the interests of dealers and the industry in his state.

“Randy is stepping back from association commitments, and this is just a small way to recognize and say “Thank you, Randy” for the decades of service and time you’ve given to RVDA!” Wegge added.

Finally, he presented an award to the outgoing immediate past chairman Darrel Friesen.

He said, “RVDA chairmen typically serve one year, so it’s important for the organization to have continuity in leadership and Darrel has personally been an invaluable resource for myself and the rest of the board. He has helped RVDA maintain its position as an advocate for dealers within the industry and before lawmakers and regulators.”

He noted, “Darrel has not only been a leader within RVDA, but is an important force behind CalRVDA’s legislative accomplishments. He’s a bright, strategic thinker when it comes to working with others to advance RVDA’s agenda. Darrell, when I became chairman, you told me if I ever needed anything, that you’d be there for me. You have reached out to me continually throughout this past year without me even having to ask and have superseded all expectations I had for a past chairman.”

He added, “Thanks Darrel, for your unwavering and constant support to RVDA and to me.”

President Phil Ingrassia presented the RVDA’s highest honor–the James B. Summers Award, which was established in 1986. The award is named in honor of the second Chief Staff Officer of the association, the late Jim Summers – who was also the first person to receive it. The RVDA seeks out nominations from the membership and the RVDA Board of Directors chooses this honoree by secret, written ballot.

The 2018 honoree is not a dealer, but rather “a great friend to dealers,” Ingrassia said as he presented the James B. Summers Award to Bill Koster of Protective.

Ingrassia said, “His involvement with RVDA goes back to the early 90s – and he has been an outstanding partner and resource for RVDA volunteer leaders and staff throughout that time. While his company is a consistent financial supporter of RVDA, the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, and this event . . .  it’s his personal involvement in RVDA and Learning Center activities which truly stands out.”

He added, “He has been a real leader in continuing education for RV dealers – and has personally visited hundreds of dealerships across the country to provide strategic guidance and training on customer service. He’s led many workshops at this convention, penned dozens of articles for RV Executive Today . . .  and has been a leader in fostering ethical behavior in dealing with customers.”

Koster is also a member of the RV Learning Center Board of Directors, where Ingrassia stated “he recently compiled, on his own time, a detailed report on how other industries are dealing with technical and service management education, which we also shared with RVIA team as the new RV Technical Institute gets organized.”

Ingrassia concluded, “There is no doubt… today’s recipient has had an enduring impact on this association.”

SOURCE: RVDA press release

 

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Ronnie Wendt is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

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