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Opinion: Kudos to RVIA for exercising proper oversight

Opinion: Kudos to RVIA for exercising proper oversight

By Greg Gerber
Editor, RV Daily Report

I received an email last night from the RV Industry Association announcing that the association had uncovered financial misconduct involving a mid-level employee to the tune of $75,000.

We don’t know any of the details, nor do we know which employee was terminated as a result. We don’t know if this was a case of deliberate embezzlement or outright stupidity on behalf of the employee.

However, we do know that RVIA staff identified the problem, reported it to senior managers and appropriate action was taken. We also know that the RVIA Board of Directors has initiated an internal investigation to uncover the hows and whys related to the incident.

This type of news is never fun to share, but it appears to me that RVIA squelched the problem before it became a major issue. For a multimillion dollar association, $75,000 is a sizeable amount, but it will not jeopardize the viability of the association. Left undetected, it could have been much, much worse.

As RVIA Chairman Bob Parish noted, it was because of the integrity and ethical conduct of RVIA staff members that the problem was uncovered. That tells me that RVIA has exceptional professionals working at its headquarters and that they take their mission of protecting the association and its mission to heart.

It also tells me that RVIA was wise enough to put into place safeguards that would eventually identify these type of problems. That is the sign of an organization truly dedicated to serving its members.

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About Greg Gerber

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.

One comment

  1. IF the RVIA was actually concerned with ETHICS, it would publish the standards used by the industry it supposedly oversees so buyers could actually determine if their RV’s were constructed according to the standards that the sticker on the side of their vehicle. I went through my FR trailer from one end to the other and uncovered a number of design and construction screwups that I seriously doubt meet RVIA standards. If they do actually meet RVIA standards, then the standards are worthless. But finding out – means spending many hundreds of dollars for documents that I then can’t share with anyone else.

    I’m not opposed to charging a modest, appropriate price. PDF’s don’ t cost that much to create or distribute – unless your intent is to limit access to them to manufacturers who can afford the high prices.

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