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 .

Winegard Company Promotes Company Veteran to President

Mon Sep 12, 2016

147509224847853.jpgBURLINGTON, Iowa - Winegard Company has announced the promotion of Grant Whipple to President of Winegard Company.

Grant Whipple was named president after a 12-year tenure of increasing responsibility at the company, including most recently as General Manager of Enterprise Antenna Solutions and as director of sales and business development for Winegard’s global sales team. Prior to being named President of Winegard Company, Whipple’s management contributed significantly to Winegard’s growth and sales across the entire company, including the design, launch and distribution of more than 20 new antenna solutions. Whipple also was integral to helping achieve significant market share in the RV satellite marketplace.

In addition to serving as General Manager and directing the sales and business development initiatives, Whipple’s positions with the company since 2004 have included consumer electronics product and sales manager; national sales manager and regional sales manager for mobile products.

Between 2010 and 2015, he was the principal strategist behind the addition of Winegard’s consumer electronic distribution channel and created partnerships with the largest national and multi-national retailers in the consumer electronics industry. In addition, he spearheaded the company’s launch into e-commerce and was instrumental in the development of Winegard’s suite of digital TV antennas, wireless, satellite DBS and VSAT antennas.

Whipple is known throughout the company for his ability to foster a dynamic and achievement-oriented culture. He helped transform the company’s business model using lean management principles and is widely known for building strong relationships with suppliers, resellers and internal teams. All research and development initiatives along with new product design and development efforts also will be led by Whipple.

Additionally, Winegard Company has made key transitions within the company to ensure continued growth and success.

Tom Faludy – Interim General Manager, Consumer Products
Faludy, Senior Advisor at Winegard Company since 2014, will act as Interim General Manager over the Consumer Products business unit while continuing in his overall advisory capacity.

Since completing a highly successful 30-year career in 2010 with the Scott Fetzer Company, as executive vice president, Faludy has held concurrent Independent Directorships at publically held Coast Distribution System Inc. and privately held Jayco Corporation. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Ryan Family Group in Melbourne, Australia (which includes Jayco Australia), and Tecnoform S.p.A., in Bologna, Italy. In addition, he is the International Group Leader and Advisor at LCI, Elkhart, Indiana, and Advisor at Cal Spas in Pomona, California. Faludy has served RVIA as a member of the Board, and as co-founder and Chairman of the GO RVing Coalition. Faludy was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Executives in the 10-Year History of the RV Industry by RV Business.

Jason Helling - Product Manager, Mobile Satellite
The Consumer Business Unit also welcomed the promotion of Jason Helling as its new product manager for Mobile Satellite. Helling will oversee all satellite product operations for the development, production, introduction and success of the RV, trucking and consumer markets.

A seasoned veteran in the manufacturing and electronics industries, Helling received a wide array of experience making him particularly well-equipped to make significant and immediate contributions upon joining Winegard Company in 2005, as a Product Engineering Manager.

During his tenure, Helling has played a significant role in bringing Winegard’s popular TRAV’LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, Wingman, Rayzar, FlatWave and DISH Playmaker RV antennas to market.

Keith Larson – Director of Sales & Marketing, RV Market
Larson's role has changed to be solely focused on the RV market. Larson’s new responsibilities now focus on all sales and marketing objectives for both the RV OEM and RV Aftermarket channels. Larson has helped Winegard record double-digit growth in the RV channel, played a critical role in the launching of new RV products, and implemented Winegard's dealer training program which has trained more than 7,000 dealer technicians and installers at more than 1,500 dealerships.