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 .

Koster Wins RVDA’s Summers Award

Thu Nov 8, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

154179321058292.jpgRVDA President, Phil Ingrassia, presented the James B. Summers to Bill Koster, vice president of specialty products at Protective Asset Protection during the RDVA's annual business meeting Wednesday.

The Summers award honors late RVDA Executive Vice President James B. Summers and annually distinguishes someone who has made a “consistent and outstanding contribution to RVDA and its members.” RVDA members nominate candidates and the winner is selected by the RVDA Board of Directors.

Koster was cited for more than 25 years in the RV retail industry, his company’s consistent financial support of RVDA and the Mike Molino Learning Center and the large number of convention workshops he has presented, among other achievements.

“He has been a real leader in continuing education for RV dealers and has personally visited hundreds of dealerships across the country to provide strategic guidance and training on customer service,” Ingrassia says.

Koster also serves on the board of the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. In addition to highlighting Koster’s accomplishments, the award aligns with the Repair Event Cycle Time (RECT) and RV Technical Institute project themes of this year’s convention. Both initiatives aim to shorten the amount of time it takes to complete warranty work and repairs on RV units nationwide, to be achieved partly by encouraging training and certification of more RV technicians.