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RVDA seeks nominations for Summers Award

(April 11, 2012) -- The award is a gold ring that's value is ever-increasing -- not because of the price of gold, but because of the finger it fits, said Hepp. "The value of the nominees and their work with and for your association is what makes this award so priceless," she added.

FAIRFAX, Va. — The RV Dealers Association Board of Directors announced today it is seeking nominations for the James B. Summers (JBS) Award.

Back in 1986, the board created this award to honor past RVDA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Summers.  It is an award that recognizes individuals who make a consistent and outstanding contribution to the association and its members, said Ronnie Hepp, RVDA vice president.

“Jim attended the convention almost every year after the award was established to present it to the next recipient,” said Hepp. “He worked hard to deliver an introduction that would tease the audience about the recipient’s identity, first telling stories that could fit several individuals and then eventually closing in on personal information that would positively identify the winner.  We lost Jim to a battle with cancer on the eve of the 2010 convention. We will forever miss his quick wit and charming personality.”

The award is a gold ring that’s value is ever-increasing — not because of the price of gold, but because of the finger it fits, said Hepp.

“The value of the nominees and their work with and for your association is what makes this award so priceless,” she added.

Past winners include:

  • 1986 — Jim Summers
  • 1987 — Gaylord Maxwell               
  • 1988 — Rex Floyd
  • 1989 — Jack Moran
  • 1990 — Duane Spader
  • 1991 — Dave Ayers
  • 1992 — Dave Altman
  • 1993 — Larry McClain
  • 1994 — Bill Gorman
  • 1995 — Jerry Greer
  • 1996 — Bob Azevedo
  • 1997 — Bob Strawn
  • 1998 — Bill Thomas
  • 1999 — Randy Thompson
  • 2000 — Crosby Forrest
  • 2001 — Dan Pearson
  • 2002 — Fran Van Pelt
  • 2003 — Tom Stinnett
  • 2004 — Jim Fogdall
  • 2005 — Rick Horsey
  • 2006 — Joe Range
  • 2007 — Ernie Friesen
  • 2008 — Randy Biles
  • 2009 — Marty Shea
  • 2010 — Jeff Pastore
  • 2011 — Bert Alanko

“I highly encourage you to take the time to nominate a worthy candidate for this award.  But don’t just send in a name, tell us WHY you’re nominating the person,” said Hepp.  “Tell us what the person has done or is doing that warrants the nomination.  Make the narrative so compelling that it would be difficult for the voters to not select your candidate. We present all nominations to the RVDA Board of Directors for consideration, and they must select the candidate by a majority vote.”

RVDA will present the award during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo to be held Oct. 1 to 5, 2012, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Nominations for the 2012 award are due by May 21. To submit a nomination e-mail it to Hepp at rhepp@rvda.org, faxi it to 703.359.0152 or mail it to 3930 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

SOURCE: RV Dealers Association press release

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Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report and can be reached at greg@rvdailyreport.com.

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