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.