Industry mourns passing of Beverly Gardner

ELKHART, Ind. — Beverly Gardner, 71, a long-time RV industry publisher’s rep and founding partner of G&G Media Group LLC, publisher of RVBusiness and Woodall’s Campground Management magazines, died October 23 following a lengthy and courageous battle with ALS.

Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RVIA stated, “The RV industry was saddened to learn of the passing of Bev Gardner. She faced her battle with ALS with grace, humor, determination and courage; the very same qualities that made her a successful media entrepreneur and a beloved member of our industry and the Elkhart community.”

He added, “Through her work with G&G Media Group, RV Business, Woodall’s Campground Management and a host of other RV industry publications, she helped inform and elevate the RV industry. Bev will be deeply missed, and on behalf of our membership and staff, we send heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues at G&G Media Group.”

Gardner graduated from Elkhart High School and attended the University of Colorado before launching a lengthy career as an independent publishers’ rep. She co-founded G&G Media Group with partner Sherm Goldenberg in 2011, and served as G&G’s vice president of sales after acquiring the two magazines from California publisher Affinity Group Inc.

Gardner retired in 2017 and sold her equity share in G&G to retired Dicor executive Gregg Fore.

Gardner is survived by her husband, Moe Jacobson, daughters Kimberly “Kim” Gardner Kruzick (Robert) and Ally Gardner Kollat plus stepsons Micah Jacobson (Kristen) and Noah Jacobson (Brandy); nine grandchildren, Ryan and Dylan Kruzick, Luke, Lauren and Corbin Kollat and Tenaya, Aiden, Ryder and Maya Jacobson; and siblings Jeannie Alban, Shirley Toves, William Cohen and Dr. Cynthia Cohen.

Visitation is set for 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home in Elkhart. Services will be 10 a.m. Oct. 30, at the same location. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart.

SOURCE: RVIA 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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