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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 .

RV Learning Center's Spader Leadership Development Scholarship Opens

Thu Sep 14, 2017

145288477541371.pngFairfax, Va. – The Mike Molino RV Learning Center is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship. This scholarship honors the RV industry service of Spader Business Management founder Duane Spader, a past chairman of RVDA, and a champion of life-long learning.

The deadline for scholarship applications is October 9, 2017. The recipient receives full tuition valued at $14,875 to attend the 18-month Spader Leadership Development Program. The recipient will only be responsible for travel expenses. In addition, applicants must be an employee of an RVDA dealer member.

The Spader Leadership Development Program is an 18-month program for current and future leaders and consists of five three-day sessions. Between sessions, participants apply what they’ve learned to the work in their dealership and track results of those efforts through assignments and one-on-one sessions with a coach.

Spader offers the Leadership Development Scholarship annually to give one current or future leader the opportunity to participate in the program. In addition, the Learning Center and Spader partner to deliver training targeted at young executives in the RV industry. The scholarship recipient will be selected shortly after the application deadline in ample time to prepare for the first session, January 23-25, 2018 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Spader Leadership Development Program instructs participants on a variety of subjects related to leadership in RV dealerships. Topics include leading an organization's culture and strategy, effective leadership and management, team-performance coaching, hiring practices, customer service, and assessing and improving a dealership's organization and finances.

Program registration is available at the Spader Leadership Development Program website.
Applications are available at the RV Learning Center website scholarship page.