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 .

Johnson RV General Manager Awarded Spader Scholarship

Fri Oct 21, 2016

147706149552112.jpgFairfax, Virginia – Aaron Sparks, general manager at Johnson RV in Puyallup, Washington, has been chosen as the 2017-18 recipient of the Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at nearly $15,000, will allow him to attend an 18-month Spader Leadership Development Program. The program is just one facet of the strategic alliance between Spader and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center.

The scholarship is named for Spader founder and former RVDA chairman, Duane Spader. The joint arrangement promotes leadership development programs for RVDA members and provides one annual scholarship. The scholarship is part of a broader program of RVDA educational opportunities directed at Young RV Executives.

Sparks started off in the RV business nearly three years ago as a sales person in Johnson RV’s Sandy, Oregon location and quickly became a top seller. From there he was open to relocating to work in different facilities to take on new challenges and help the company wherever needed. He became sales manager in the Puyallup store in February of this year before being promoted to general manager of that location over the summer.

“Aaron quickly learned our sales process and grew to our top salesperson month after month,” Johnson RV Owner Brandon Johnson says. “He has grown tremendously as a leader, mentor and in his inherent sales ability. He accepts any challenge with grace, including relocating to Colorado or Washington, if needed, to take on a sales manager role.”

Johnson says Sparks “continually educates himself each day through books, classes and in-person training. He consistently puts in long hours each day to ensure his staff and facility is performing.”

For information about the leadership development program, visit the program’s web page. Please contact Karin Van Duyse, Chief of the RV Learning Center, with any questions at 703-591-7130, ext. 108, or kvanduyse@rvda.org.

Spader Business Management has spent more than 30 years educating businesses how to have more time and make more money, how to develop a strong culture and high-performing staff, how to obtain and retain more customers and how to see and adjust with or ahead of the marketplace. Thousands of people have applied what they’ve learned through Spader programs and consulting services to make and execute plans for efficient, productive and financially stable and growing operations.

The RV Learning Center is supported by dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and other RV industry members who are committed to dealership education and the high levels of customer service that is provided by educated employees. Certification programs, readiness testing, webinars, audio presentations, live workshops and a wide variety of specialty publications are all part of the RV Learning Center’s offerings.

The RV Learning Center is a tax exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions may be tax deductible as charitable donations.