RV Technical Institute appoints board members

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ELKHART — The first meeting for the RV Technical Institute’s newly appointed board of directors concluded yesterday with an adoption of the bylaws and election of the board officers, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) reported today.

Leading the board will be:

Chairman Matt Miller, president of Newmar

President Frank Hugelmeyer, president of RVIA

Treasurer April Klein, vice president of Lippert Components

Secretary Don Clark, president of Grand Design.

The 10-person board, encompassing a broad cross section of the RV industry, convened in Elkhart, to approve incorporation documents surrounding the institute, its board of directors and to hear updates on the strategic priorities for the 2019 year.

“The best elements of the industry’s technician education opportunities have been rolled into one all-encompassing program that is years in the making,” said Miller.

“I’m enthusiastic about the program that our industry experts have created and am confident that we have the foundation to achieve our mission and reduce the repair event cycle time for consumers,” he added.

“Professionalizing the career for technicians and creating the gold standard for training that will be used throughout the United States is certain to improve the RV experience for our customers so they can continue enjoying the RV lifestyle,” said Miller.

All board members are charged with the strategic planning and governance of the RV Technical Institute. The board reviewed the timing and roll out of the new program, the new technician career path, the transition of existing credentials and looked at the proposals for location options for a brand-new RV Technical Institute facility.

“The board made a great deal of progress today in solidifying the framework that the institute’s team has been working on for months,” said RV Technical Institute Executive Director Curt Hemmeler.

“The path forward has never been clearer, and we are looking forward to rolling out the new technician career path in the coming months and unveiling our plans to the industry during RVX in just a couple of short weeks,” he explained.

The new RV Technical Institute board members, appointed for a one-year term, include:

  • Phil Ingrassia, president of the RV Dealers Association
  • Ken Julian, vice president of Thor Industries
  • Bob Parish, vice president of Wells Fargo Capital
  • Jeff Rutherford, president of Airxcel
  • Doug Gaeddert, general manager of Forest River
  • Brock Whinnery, vice president of Camping World

With offices in Elkhart, the RV Technical Institute is dedicated to the creation of a world-class RV technician training program that will reduce the repair event cycle time for RVers throughout the country, to solve the RV industry’s shortage of trained technicians and to implement metrics to track the RV customer experience, the release explained.

A subsidiary of the RV Industry Association, the institute creates standardized, national curriculum; recruits and trains RV technicians; and provides ongoing education for current technicians.

For more information, visit www.rvti.org.

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Dave Holly says:

    No one from Camping World should be on the board

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