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RVIA Announces the Retirement of Dianne Farrell

RVIA today announced that Dianne Farrell, vice president of government affairs, will retire after 34 years with the organization. 

“Government affairs is one of RVIA’s cornerstone programs, and for the last 34 years Dianne has done a tremendous job in leading the team responsible for promoting and protecting the RV industry across state and federal levels,” said RVIA Chairman of the Board Derald Bontrager of Jayco, Inc. “Dianne has helped lead the industry through some of its toughest legislative and regulatory challenges, and has been instrumental in expanding the influence of our industry across the halls of government.  As chairman of RVIA, I want to thank her on behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership.  As a friend, I wish Dianne and her family nothing but the best in her retirement – may her most enjoyable times lay ahead.”

Dianne joined RVIA as administrator of government affairs, and over the course of her career worked her way to being promoted to vice president of the department.  During her tenure, Farrell built RVIA’s one-person government affairs team into a nine-person state and federal lobbying and research department focused on protecting the RV industry’s interests across a wide array of legislative and regulatory issues.  Under her leadership, RVIA has increased its influence across all 50 states, as well as on Capitol Hill and within numerous federal government agencies. 

“In leading RVIA’s advocacy efforts on critical issues ranging from economic policy, to energy issues, to outdoor recreation, to business practices, Dianne has had an incredibly vital role in creating a favorable political and business environment in which the RV industry has thrived,” said RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer. “All of us within RVIA wish Dianne a happy retirement, and our future endeavors in government affairs will serve to honor what she has helped to build, while continuing to drive the industry she was so passionate about forward.”   

“The past 34 years working on behalf of the RV industry have provided some of the greatest memories and fulfilling moments in my career,” said Farrell.  “I’ve grown with the industry, and it is enriching to know that the efforts we’ve led in the legislative and regulatory space have helped to pave the road to the successes we are sharing today.  Deciding to leave something you love is always bittersweet, but as many in the industry know I’ve spent the last seven months aggressively fighting breast cancer.  While the doctors have assured me of an excellent prognosis, the difficult process of this fight has certainly affected my priorities, as well as changed my perspective on what is most important to me at this stage in my life.  The time has come to move on, to spend time with family, travel, and reconnect with friends.  It’s been a wonderful ride and I wish the industry every success moving forward. “ 

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