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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 .

RVDA Seeking Nominations of James B. Summers Award

Fri Apr 7, 2017

145072686053695.jpgThe Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the 2017 James B. Summers Award.

The RVDA Board of Directors created the James B. Summers award in honor of past RVDA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Summers, who was the first to receive it in 1986. The JBS award is the association’s highest honor and recognizes individuals who make a consistent and outstanding contribution to RVDA and its members.

The award’s namesake, Jim Summers, attended the convention almost every year after the award was established to present it to the next recipient. He worked hard at delivering an introduction that would tease the audience through stories that could fit several individuals, eventually closing in on personal information that would identify the winner. The industry lost Summers to a battle with cancer on the eve of the 2010 convention. His quick wit and charming personality will be missed.

The actual award is a gold ring that has changed design over the years, but its value is ever increasing – not just because of the price of gold, but because of the finger it fits. The value of the nominees and their work with and for the association is what makes this award so priceless, according to a press release by RVDA.

The nominee should have provided at least five years of service with and for RVDA, and given consistent and outstanding contributions to RVDA and its members. One of the few restrictions states that the nominee may not be a current elected member of the RVDA Board of Directors.

To nominate an individual, don’t just suggest the name; rather provide the name AND a narrative describing the contributions this person has made to the association. Make a strong appeal telling the RVDA staff why you want your nominee to be selected. Staff presents all nominations to the RVDA Board of Directors for consideration at its June meeting and the candidate must be selected by a majority vote.

A list of past winners is below. Many of them are still active participants in current RVDA boards, committees and task forces. They are still making consistent and outstanding contributions to RVDA on behalf of its members.


2016 - Jeff Hirsch
2015 - Earl Stoltzfus
2014 - Debbie Brunoforte
2013 - Jim Shields
2012 - Butch Thomas
2011 - Bert Alanko
2010 - Jeff Pastore
2009 - Marty Shea
2008 - Randy Biles
2007 - Ernie Friesen
2006 - Joe Range
2005 - Rick Horsey
2004 - Jim Fogdall
2003 - Tom Stinnett
2002 - Fran Van Pelt
2001 - Dan Pearson
2000 - Crosby Forrest
1999 - Randy Thompson
1998 - Bill Thomas
1997 - Bob Strawn
1996 - Bob Azevedo
1995 - Jerry Greer
1994 - Bill Gorman
1993 - Larry McClain
1992 - Dave Altman
1991 - Dave Ayers
1990 - Duane Spader
1989 - Jack Moran
1988 - Rex Floyd
1987 - Gaylord Maxwell
1986 - Jim Summers

The award will be presented during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 6-10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. Nominations are due by May 19. Please take the time to submit your nomination to Ronnie Hepp via e-mail or fax, to rhepp@rvda.org or 703-591-0734.