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RVIA Board Names New President, Passes Motions at Committee Week

The RVIA Board of Directors, chaired by Derald Bontrager of Jayco, Inc., wrapped up Committee Week, held May 31 – June 4 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., by naming a new leader and approving a host of motions at their meeting on Thursday, June 4.

The Board approved the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee to hire Frank Hugelmeyer to replace Richard Coon as RVIA president.  Hugelmeyer, who was president of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) from 2000 – 2014, will join RVIA as president-elect on July 13 before officially taking over the position on October 1 following Coon’s departure. Coon has served as RVIA president since January 2006 following a 30-year career in the RV industry.

RVIA also named two new members to the Board of Directors at their meeting. Jim Jacobs of Allied Recreation Group will fulfill the term of the company seat vacated by John Draheim. David Carson of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. will assume the company seat that had been held by Bob Harbin.  Draheim and Harbin recently announced their retirements from their respective companies.

In other actions, the RVIA Board approved:

The RVIA Board actions were the result of recommendations from many of the association’s standing committees that met from May 31 – June 2.  Programs with specific budgets for FY2016 are pending until final approval by the RVIA Executive Committee at its August budget meeting and the RVIA Board at its September meeting. 


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