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 .

Humphreys Appointed New Airstream COO

Fri Feb 16, 2018

151881003527730.jpgAirstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler has announced that Vice President of Sales Justin Humphreys will serve as the company’s new chief operating officer.

“It’s not just an opportunity to serve as Airstream’s COO, it’s also an honor,” Humphreys says. “I look forward to continuing Airstream’s storied history of excellence and doing my part to ensure the company is ready for the next generation of Airstreamers.”

As COO, Humphreys will oversee sales, service, parts, engineering, production, finance, purchasing and human resources for the Jackson Center, Ohio-based company.

Airstream hit a new sales record in each of Humphreys' seven years as vice president of sales. In addition, he was responsible for overseeing parts and service, which also have grown substantially under his guidance. Humphreys recently led the successful implementation of the Five Rivet dealer standards program, which is designed to improve the customer ownership experience through Airstream’s dealer network.

“Justin has been integral in all high-level strategic decisions here at Airstream,” Wheeler says. “His new role as COO will enable us to further deepen our almost 90-year commitment of creating the world’s best recreational vehicles for our customers and dealer partners.”

Humphreys is a graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and has been in the RV industry for 20 years. He, his wife, Jennifer, and his three children are avid Airstreamers.

Humphreys' appointment is due in part to the key role Wheeler will play in the new joint venture between Thor Industries and Tourism Holdings Ltd. (thl) to create the premiere global digital platform for the RV industry, TH2.

“With RV ownership at all-time highs and consumers more digitally connected than ever, we are seizing this opportunity to bring a new level of connectivity to RV owners everywhere,” Wheeler says.