LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No industry gathering is complete without giving recognition where recognition is due, and that is exactly how the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) capped off the four-day run of the National RV Show.
Attendees at the event, held in Louisville from Nov. 27-30, gathered Nov. 29 for the RV industry awards ceremony held in the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville.
The event highlighted the work of Derald Bontrager of Jayco by bestowing the industry veteran with the RVIA Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award. This award is the RVIA’s highest honor and Bontrager was selected for his service and dedication to RVIA and his success at Jayco.
Other award winners included Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV, who received the David J. Humphreys Industry Unity Award from the RVIA and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). Wilkins was recognized for his work connecting RV dealers, manufacturers and suppliers to grow and improve the industry.
The Kampgrounds of America (KOA)-sponsored event also presented the RVDA Titan Award to Bob Tiffin of Tiffin Motorhomes. RVBusiness also gave the 2018 RV of the Year Award to the Winnebago Horizon.
RVDA presented the Quality Circle Awards to RV manufacturers that achieve the highest rating in the RVDA Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Survey. Those awards were as follows:
Towables Category Winners:
Airstream, Forest River, Grand Design, Gulf Stream, Heartland RV, Keystone RV, K.Z., Lance Camper and Livin’ Lite RV.
Motorized Category Winners:
Airstream, Gulf Stream, Leisure Travel Vans/Triple E, Newmar Corp.,Pleasure-Way Industries and Tiffin.