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 .
Wed Jul 13, 2016
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association has named long-time association and industry veteran Jay Landers as vice president of government affairs, where he will lead the organization’s federal and state lobbying efforts.
Landers will assume his new role beginning Oct. 1, in conjunction with the retirement of Dianne Farrell. In this position, Landers will lead the team responsible for protecting the RV industry’s interests across a wide array of legislative and regulatory issues on the federal and state level. Landers is a 26-year veteran of RVIA, most recently serving as assistant vice president of government affairs.
“The key mission and member value for RVIA is promoting and protecting the RV industry and our members, and I can think of no one better than Jay to lead our legislative and regulatory efforts,” RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer says. “Jay has established strong relationships across the RV industry, and his knowledge and understanding of our issues will serve our membership well in his new role.”
“Effective government relations is all about relationships," Landers says. "Over the course of my career, I have worked hard to build strong bonds with individuals from every aspect of the RV industry, our members, RV dealers and campground owners. Additionally, I have built relationships in ancillary industries like the motor vehicle industry as well as travel and tourism. RVs play a major role in the overall recreation economy, and I’m eager to continue building our industry’s presence and influence.”
Prior to joining RVIA, Landers was an Issues Manager for the Joseph E. Seagram Company, where he managed work on federal and state government relations issues as well as broad public policy. Before that, he represented MCI Communications Corporation on Capitol Hill and in the states. He began his career in Washington as a Policy Analyst for the New England Congressional Institute on Capitol Hill focusing on international trade issues for the New England Congressional Caucus.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, his Master’s degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and also is a graduate of the State Government Affairs Program at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.