Deadline for Attending Hall of Fame Induction Nears
Tue Jul 9, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
The RV/MH Hall of Fame's Annual Induction Dinner to celebrate 2019 inductees is on Monday, August 5, 2019, at the Hall of Fame's Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana. The event is preceded by the Hall of Fame's annual Golf Classic fundraiser taking place at Christiana Creek Golf Course in Elkhart, Indiana. Registration to attend the event will close soon.
RV/MH Heritage Foundation President Darryl Searer said reservations for the ceremony are running 15 percent higher than the 2018 ceremony. He said the attendee list reads like a comprehensive Who's Who of everyone of any business significance in the two industries.
"We are on track to break the all-time attendance record for our induction dinner," Searer said, "so I urge anyone planning to attend to register now, to ensure quality seating for the event."
The induction celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail party, followed by the dinner and the induction ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.
The golf outing kicks off earlier in the day at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start. It concludes with a luncheon and tourney awards presentation following golf. The tourney is a four-person best ball team scramble and costs $150 per person. Players come from as far away as Northern Canada, Washington D.C. and California to play. Many of the RV industry's best golfers battle for the coveted Hall of Fame title.
This year's Hall of Fame induction class includes five members from the RV industry and five from the manufactured housing industry.
"I think the reason why this year's attendance for the event is so large is because of who is being inducted," RV/MH Foundation Executive Board of Director Dana Nelsen said. "Just to pick out a few of the inductees and their accomplishments, there probably isn't a single business person in the RV industry that hasn't been impacted by RVIA Vice President Bruce Hopkins' work.
"Every RV manufactured in the last 20 years to some degree is a result of Hopkins' work overseeing RV manufacturing standards. His work on education, specifically technician training has had a continent-wide impact. It's a little mind blowing. The success of every RV manufacturer and dealer in existence today, in some small part ties back to Bruce."
"Lance Wilson from the Florida RV Trade Association has been a champion of dealer education for nearly just as long. So much of what dealers do today to be successful leads back to Lance. Randy Biles of Pikes Peak Traveland could easily be the RVDA poster child. I'm not even sure RVDA would exist as it does now without his past contributions."
The 2019 list of RV inductees are: Randy Biles, Pikes Peak Traveland; Jeffrey P. Few, Automation & Manufacturing Systems; Bruce Hopkins, RVIA; Lance Wilson, Florida RV Trade Association; and Daryl Zook, KZ RV.
The 2019 list of MH inductees are: Richard "Dick" Ernst, Financial Marketing Associates, Inc.; John Carey, Modern Home Sales and Midwest Homes; Leo Poggione, Craftsman Homes; D. Raymond Broderick, Superior Homes; and Walter "Wally" Comer, Adventure Homes LLC.
The Hall of Fame is also encouraging industry members to help support the day's activities by signing up to become a sponsor. Businesses who have been impacted by the inductees contributions or who know and esteem the inductees are encouraged to sponsor their induction.
A long-standing tradition of companies with an employee or business owner already inducted into the hall sponsoring the event exists. Some inductees have said that sponsoring the ceremony is important to them because other companies sponsored it when they were inducted.
"This event is truly a major industry affair," Searer said. "It not only honors the inductees who have attained a major milestone in thier lives and careers; it's also an opportunity to network with industry leaders who normally attend the event."
Nelsen agrees stating, "When you look around the room, it's filled with the proverbial 'kings and queens' of the RV and manufactured housing industries. I once heard it said that 'in business, if you are not at the table, you are on the table.' All the right people have a seat at a table at this
Searer said, "All those attending will also be able to see the exciting new construction going on at the hall, so we are encouraging RV and manufactured housing industries members to join in the celebration. The work will be nearly complete by the day of the induction dinner."
The new improvements on the east side of the of the main building includes a new 22,500-square-foot pavilion, paved parking and landscaping.
For more information or to make reservations, please visit: www.rvmhhalloffame.org or call the Hall of Fame at 574-293-2344 or 800-378-8694
Additional Information: http://www.rvmhhalloffame.org