ELKHART — After officially opening the association’s regional office in Elkhart May 1, the RV Industry Association hosted an open house for members and guests the afternoon of May 8 following the RV Business Power Breakfast program held earlier that day.
RVIA President Richard Coon, Director of Education Sharonne Lee, National Show Director Scott Graham, along with other association staff, greeted members who stopped by throughout the afternoon to tour the offices.
“We were really very pleased to have so many members stop by to say hello and welcome us to Elkhart,” said Coon. “There is so much support and enthusiasm for this office and having staff members active in the community. This is going to be a great situation for the association and our members.”
RVIA’s regional office is located in an office complex in eastern Elkhart at 663 C.R. 17. It will be staffed by Lee, who moved to the Elkhart area from the association’s Reston, Va., headquarters, and Graham, who is relocating from his previous job with the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
There are plans to also add an administrative assistant and a technical training professional to the office. Additionally, there are work spaces for RVIA’s team of inspectors to use as needed when in the area and for RVIA vice presidents and senior staff from Reston to use when traveling to Elkhart on association business.
“In looking at how to structure the office we felt that having elements of the show, RV standards inspection and industry technical training functions staffed there offered the best approach as these areas typically have the most regular interaction between RVIA’s members and staff,” said Coon. “Sharonne and Scott will do a fantastic job in representing RVIA in the Elkhart area.”
“With the consolidation of the RV industry, now more than ever a great majority of our members are located in northern Indiana,” he added. “As an association we felt it was important to establish this office to provide easier access to RVIA for our members, to enhance the lines of communication that we have with them, and to have the association become a part of the community.”
SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release