Hall of Fame inducts first international member

ELKHART, Ind., — The RV/MH Hall of Fame took a major leap forward in 2017 when Woody Paylor of Red Deer, Canada, was selected to be enshrined in the RV/MH Hall of Fame, starting the beginning of an International Foundation, recognizing individuals from outside the United States.

Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, said, “Woody was in the class of 2017 that made 388 persons being enshrined from its beginning, but only the first from outside the U.S. It is great to see the positive growth and professionalism of today’s RV/MH Hall of Fame. Each year the hall inducts five individuals from the RV industry and five from the MH industry.”

Woody Paylor said, “I was truly honored to receive the news about the induction; I can honestly say when we started out in the RV business the Hall of Fame was not a thought that was in my head. Our initial goal was to just to survive and provide our customers with the best products together with professional service, to treat them with the utmost respect and care, always with a friendly smile. By simply doing this we felt that would improve their buying experience and we could become the top RV dealer in Red Deer.”

Woody Paylor opened his first RV dealership in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, in 1986. His confidence to begin this new venture was fostered from serving 18 years as the operating manager and minority partner of a single RV dealership as well a multi-location mobile homes sales group.

Today, Woody’s has five locations, selling more than 2,000 recreation vehicles a year. Another new location is scheduled to open in 2018.

According to Stephan Lussier, past president Coast Canada, who nominated Paylor, “Woody’s is devoted to providing leading edge products supported by a team of professionals committed to exceeding the expectations of its customers. Woody has always been a RV visionary, first by bypassing the city to locate on the highways where the vehicle traffic was, well before it was fashionable.

“His was the first Canadian dealership to join an entirely U.S. 20 group. In his Spader group he always strived to give more than he received. While Woody is now the retired founder of the dealerships, his vision and values carry forward with location growth planned in 2016, currently led by his son, Darren Paylor. Woody has been an unabashed supporter of the Canadian RVDA serving multiple terms as its chairman and continuing to support their efforts with time, money and staff.

Searer said, “Woody certainly represents the type of person we have always strived to honor when making selections for the Hall of Fame, and it is our honor to have him join the elite group of inspired leaders and entrepreneurs that makes up the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Source: RV/MH Hall of Fame press release


Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and 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. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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