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Doug Gaeddert Elected RVIA Chairman, New Executive Committee Named

Doug Gaeddert, general manager of Forest River, Inc., was elected RVIA Chairman of the Board for fiscal year 2013 during the association’s Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 28 at The Hotel Viking in Newport, RI.

“The Board has elected a proven leader to become our next chairman,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “Doug has been an active, engaged member in the association for a decade, and in that time, his participation and business expertise have proved to be a tremendous benefit to RVIA and the industry. I am looking forward to working with him in the coming year.”

Gaeddert has served on the RVIA Board since 2002 and on the Executive Committee since 2006, holding the positions of First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, and Treasurer. He has also served as chairman of both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Audit Committee and as a member of the Awards Committee, Canadian Coalition Committee and Nominating Committee.

The RVIA Board of Directors also named other association officers to join Chairman Gaeddert on the Executive Committee, including Second Vice Chairman Derald Bontrager, president and COO of Jayco, Inc.; First Vice Chairman Bob Olson, former chairman, CEO and president and current Board member of Winnebago Industries; Chairman Ex Officio Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp.; RVIA President Richard Coon; Treasurer John Regan, CEO of Fabric Services; and Secretary Bob Parish, vice president, manufacturer relations, of GE Capital.  All officers began their one-year terms on Oct. 1.

In other actions at their meeting, the RVIA Board of Directors:

•   Approved a motion that beginning Jan. 1, 2013, RVIA’s Standards Program replaces inspection to ANSI A1195.5 Section 3-7.1 Formaldehyde Consumer Disclosure Notice with inspection to the RVIA Membership Formaldehyde Emissions Requirement for Wood Products. This means that the RVIA membership requirement of using all CARB Phase 2 wood products in recreational park trailers will replace the current requirement for a formaldehyde disclosure label in every recreational park trailer starting on Jan. 1, 2013.

•   Approved a budget of $12.9 million for fiscal year 2013 that holds membership costs at current levels.

•   Extended the contract with the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY to hold the National RV Trade Show at the venue through 2015 in the normal post-Thanksgiving time period.

•   Scheduled the 2013 RVIA Annual Meeting for Feb. 27 – March 2 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL and the September 2013 Board of Directors Meeting for Sept. 23 – 25 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, B.C.

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