The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Mon Jun 27, 2016
Houston – EY today has announced that President Diana LeBlanc, of PPL RVs, Inc., the largest RV consignment dealer in the United States, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Transformational category in the Gulf Coast Area.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. LeBlanc was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hilton Americas - Houston on June 16.
“I was honored to be nominated and become a finalist for this prestigious award, but becoming a winner in this region is more exciting than I could have dreamed," LeBlanc says. "Looking back over my 36 years with PPL, I am truly blessed to be a part of a great industry and the RV lifestyle. This honor would not have been possible without my PPL team members, customers, associates, friends and my terrific family. I want to thank them for encouraging, teaching, trusting and supporting me all these years. From receptionist to president has been a great journey and it is like a fairy tale dream come true.”
Since 1972, PPL Motor Homes has been helping RV owners and buyers transition in and out of the RV lifestyle and has become a leader in RV consignment sales and RV parts. With three Texas locations and 130 employees, PPL helped more than 2,400 RV owners sell their motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels last year alone.
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.
As a Gulf Coast Area award winner, LeBlanc is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 19. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.