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 .

Wells Fargo's Bob Parish Elected RVIA Chairman of the Board

Thu Oct 20, 2016

147698026938047.jpgBob Parish, vice president of Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, was elected RVIA Chairman of the Board for fiscal year 2017 during the association’s Board of Directors meeting held in September at the Hilton Burlington in Burlington, Vermont.

“We are excited to welcome Bob as the next chairman of RVIA,” President Frank Hugelmeyer says. “He has a rich history of business success in the RV market and an impressive record of involvement in the association. The business expertise and industry insights he will bring to his role as chairman will be invaluable to RVIA. I am looking forward to working closely with him to drive the association forward and deliver tremendous value to our members.”

Parish has served on the RVIA Board since 2007 and on the Executive Committee since 2012, holding the positions of first vice chairman, second vice chairman and secretary. He also is a past chairman and current member of the Financial Services Committee. He also currently serves as a member of the Audit, China and Strategic Planning committees as well as the Go RVing Coalition. He received RVIA’s National Service Award in 2006.

The RVIA Board of Directors also named a new Executive Committee that includes Treasurer Kevin Phillips, president of Thetford Corp.; Secretary Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries; Chairman of the Board Bob Parish; Second Vice Chairman Matt Miller, president of Newmar Corp.; First Vice Chairman Garry Enyart, director, RV business for Cummins Power Generation; and RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer. All officers began their one-year terms on Oct. 1.

In other actions at the meeting, the RVIA Board of Directors:

• Named Kevin McArt, general manager with Forest River, Inc., as a manufacturer representative on the Board of Directors. This seat was opened when Jayco’s Derald Bontrager stepped down from the Board following Thor Industries' acquisition of Jayco.
• Adopted a three-year operational plan that aligns staffing, IT needs, funding, programs and initiatives to accomplish short and long-term strategic goals.
• Approved a budget of $16.7 million dollars for fiscal year 2017 that holds membership costs in place while funding essential programs and initiatives to accomplish RVIA’s mission of promoting and protecting the RV industry and its members.

Picture: Parish (right) receiving the chairman's gavel from Derald Bontrager.