RVIA Economic Impact Study

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 .

ARC Representation Hires Two Industry Veterans

Mon Sep 12, 2016

147369901840236.gifARC Representation has announced the addition of two industry veterans to its staff.

“ARC’s growth continues with the addition of these two well-known professionals to our staff," ARC Representation Managing Partner Raymond Padgett says. "We are proud to have two such well respected members of the RV community as part of our team. This brings us considerably closer to our goal of nationwide coverage. We are already looking for applications for the Northeast and Northwest (our only remaining territories).”

Joe Riexinger started his career in the RV industry in the early '70s. Over the more than 40 years in the industry working for dealers, distributors and manufacturers, he has gained a great deal of experience helping dealers sell product.

“For the past 10 years, I used my extensive experience working as a sales and technical trainer for Cequent Performance Products and most recently for the RVIA educating sales and service personnel," Riexinger says. "I’m looking forward to putting that experience to use with ARC’s training initiative. Helping dealers see how to best sell and merchandise product.”

He will be covering the Southeast for ARC.

The second addition is Doug Benson, managing the states of Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. With 35 years in the industry (more than 20 of which was with Coast Distribution), he has assisted dealers of all sizes and successfully helped increase sales for their parts and service departments.

“Over the years I have found that product knowledge and training is one of the main keys to the success of a dealership," Benson says. "I like ARC’s common sense approach to imparting that knowledge. Making sure the dealer’s personnel is comfortable discussing products not only helps them sell more, but it ensures a satisfied, repeat customer.”

Riexinger's first day is September 12, while Benson's will be October 1.