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 .

Female CEO Finds Success in Male-Dominated Industry

Thu Jul 6, 2017

149935778239613.jpgWhen Gigi Stetler walked into her first RV association meeting in Florida, with her mini-skirt, high-heels and ponytail bopping and suggested to the all-male gathering that they should change their hours of operation to include weekends to better accommodate customers, she was met with laughter.

“They told me to go home and bake cookies,” says Stetler, the CEO of RV Sales of Broward in Florida. “The scotch-drinking good ol’ boys didn’t take kindly to my ideas.”

The next month when Stetler went searching for the meeting, it had moved and she wasn’t invited, but that didn’t stop her, according to a story by Mobile RVing.com.

Over the next 29 years the accomplished Florida businesswoman, entrepreneur and single mother, battled her way to the top in the male-dominated industry of RV sales and hasn’t looked back.

“Women…we just see things in a different way," she says. "We work twice as hard to get half as much.

Additional Information: https://mrvthebuzz.mobilerving.com/industry-edge/features/rv-sales-not-always-a-mans-world