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Tue Oct 24, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen
Many of the RV industry’s associations and companies honor their employees with awards of various types and prestige.
They happen at different times near the end of the year and with so many different organizations honoring people, it can become confusing who has been honored for what.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association decided during last year’s National RV Trade Show that the show in Louisville could be a good format to bring many of the industry’s award nights together under one name.
“A lot of associations and organizations present awards where they want to recognize members,” RVIA Shows & Events Marketing Director Jeremy Greene says. “We just thought the National RV Trade Show was the one place to bring manufacturers, supplier, dealers, campground managers and members of the media all together. It’s the sum of the industry at the end of the year and a prime place to have this event.”
The discussions for how to make the show a better value for its attendees and exhibitors has changed many of the events and the focus from last year to this one. One of the changes to come out of that discussion was an industry awards night that Greene says came together easily and was unanimously decided to be a great idea.
“It progressed over the summer and then we got RVDA and the folks here talking and we all got on the same page,” Greene says. “We all decided that this is something that should have been done a long time ago and everyone got excited. We see this growing and getting bigger and better every year. It’s a chance for us to highlight some amazing individuals and companies.”
The awards night will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville with a welcome reception for members of the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association, which partnered with RVIA this year in a majority vote by the RVAA membership.
“We wanted to do something to recognize those folks that overwhelmingly committed to joining with RVIA,” Greene says. “We thought that was the best time to recognize them for joining with us.”
Then, from 7:30 to 8:30, several awards will be presented from various organizations throughout the RV industry. Some of these awards, among others, include:
• RVDA will present its Quality Circle Awards to the manufacturers who received the highest rating from dealers on the annual survey.
• RVIA will present two awards – the Distinguished Service to the Industry Award, which is the association’s highest honor. It recognizes a person who has set himself or herself apart by outstanding service.
• RVIA also will present the David J. Humphries RV Industry Unity Award, which recognizes an individual who has continuously striven to encourage the multiple constituencies of the RV industry to work collectively for the growth and betterment of the industry.
The event is sponsored by Kampgrounds of America and is designed to be a laid-back, casual event, Greene says. As the trade show floor closes at 5:30 on Wednesday, the hour-and-a-half between the show closing and the awards night beginning is designed to give people a chance to change for the event and head into the Mercury Ballroom.
“Food and drinks will be available. It’s going to be a casual affair,” Greene says. “It won’t be stuffy or dressed up. It’s laid back and casual and gives a chance for everyone to come and network while the awards are being presented.”
From 8:30 to 9 p.m. a Rock ‘n’ Roll Industry celebration and reception will go on at Fourth Street Live, about two blocks from the Mercury Ballroom. The band The Crashers, who also performed at last year’s show, will once again perform and that celebration will continue until about 11 p.m. that night. The trade show floor then opens on Thursday at 9 a.m. and will close at 1 p.m. to conclude the entire show.
“We started looking at this show as what is the value for the exhibitors and the attendees and how do we make this an event that members of this industry can’t miss?” Greene says. “We’ve looked at everything, starting with research, started with data and the question of what did this show lack? We started chipping away at those and made some strategic decisions overall to address this event and make it the best it could be and one that the entire industry could be proud of.”