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 .

Exclusive: RV/MH Heritage Foundation names '18 Hall of Fame inductees

Fri Jan 5, 2018

151516680468099.jpgIn an “extraordinary,” though not unprecedented, decision, the RV/MH Heritage Foundation board of directors has announced that 11 business people will be honored and inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) as members of the Class of 2018.

"In an extraordinary move, the MH nominating committee recommended that the Cohron twin brothers (Darrel and Harrel) of Cohron's Manufactured Homes in Indiana be inducted as one, says foundation President Darryl Searer. “Harrel is deceased. So the Class of 2018 includes eleven inductees instead of the usual ten, five from the MH Industry and five from the RV industry.”

As occurred in the past, with at least one husband and wife nomination, both names are inducted into the hall of fame, though they will share one plaque. The Cohron twins founded their company in Lawrence Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, in 1955.

"Congratulations to the eleven new honorees,” Searer says. “All of them have had or are having outstanding careers and are richly deserving of this high honor."

There were 69 nominees for this year’s class, and the five-member committees – one for manufactured homes and one for recreational vehicles – began work on whittling down the nominations in November. Nominees are required to have at least 25 years of work in their respective industries, but are judged on merits beyond those contributions.

Potential inductees are nominated by one person, with three supporting letters, who address the level of volunteerism shown by the nominee, both inside and outside of the industry, as well as their business ethics and contributions.

“These are never easy because there are so many people who are qualified,” Searer said. “The selection committee reads every single word of every one of those letters – it’s a tough job.”

“I think we have a great class but there are just as many, or perhaps more, people who are just as deserving -- so I think we’re going to have many classes. There’s a lot things that go into it, but if all things are equal we try to make it as diverse as possible. We want to have five different segments of the industry, not five manufacturers, or five suppliers, or five association people. But that usually takes care of itself.”

Searer has overseen six classes of inductees as president of the board. The committee members for the hall of fame, however, remain anonymous.

This is the 46th class of inductees, and without further ado, congratulations to all of the following:
The Class of 2018 includes:

RV Inductees

Derald Bontrager
President & CEO Jayco Corporation
RV Manufacturer

Roger Faulkner
President - General Coach Canada
Ontario, Canada
RV Manufacturer

Gregg Fore
Chief Revenue Officer, G&G Media
RV Industry Supplier

Rebecca (Becky) Lenington
Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association
Association Executive

Daniel R Pearson
President and CEO Pleasureland RV
RV Dealer

Manufactured Housing Inductees

Michael A. Cirillo
President, Star Management
MH Communities Owner

Darrel Cohron and Harrel Cohron (deceased)
Cohron's Manufactured Homes
MH Dealer and Community Owner

John Evans
California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI)
MH Supplier

Gub Mix
Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona State MH Associations

Bill Wilson
Cherry Hill Homes, Inc.
MH Dealer