Thu Feb 28, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
The RV Technical Institute’s newly appointed board of directors adopted bylaws and elected officers during its first meeting on Wednesday.
Leading the board will be Chairman Matt Miller of Newmar, President Frank Hugelmeyer of RVIA, Treasurer April Klein of Lippert Components and Secretary Don Clark of Grand Design.
Other new board members, appointed for a one-year term, are:
• Doug Gaeddert, general manager, Forest River Inc.
• Ken Julian, vice president, Thor Industries.
• Phil Ingrassia, president, RVDA.
• Bob Parish, vice president, Wells Fargo Capital.
• Jeff Rutherford, president, Airxcel Inc.
• Brock Whinnery, vice president, Camping World.
The 10-person board, encompassing a broad cross section of the RV industry, convened in Elkhart, Ind., to approve incorporation documents surrounding the institute, its board of directors and to hear updates on strategic priorities for 2019.
“The best elements of the industry’s technician education opportunities have been rolled into one all-encompassing program that is years in the making,” Miller says. “I’m enthusiastic about the program that our industry experts have created and am confident that we have the foundation to achieve our mission and reduce the repair event cycle time (RECT)for consumers.
Professionalizing the career for technicians and creating the gold standard for training that will be used throughout the U.S. is certain to improve the RV experience for our customers so they can continue enjoying the RV lifestyle.”
Board members are charged with the strategic planning and governance of the RV Technical Institute. The board reviewed the timing and rollout of the new program, the new technician career path, the transition of existing credentials and looked at proposals for location options for a brand-new RV Technical Institute facility.
“The board made a great deal of progress today in solidifying the framework that the institute’s team has been working on for months,” RV Technical Institute Executive Director Curt Hemmeler says. “The path forward has never been clearer, and we are looking forward to rolling out the new technician career path in the coming months and unveiling our plans to the industry during RVX: The RV Experience in just a couple of short weeks.”