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Jim Sheldon Elected RVIA Chairman; New Executive Committee Named

Jim Sheldon, special assistant to the chairman for Monaco Corporation, was elected RVIA Chairman of the Board for fiscal year 2009 during the association’s Board of Directors meeting in Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 13.


“The Board has elected a proven leader to become our new chairman,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.  “Jim is an active and instrumental player in numerous capacities within the RV industry and our association, and I look forward to working with him during the coming year.”


Sheldon has served on the RVIA Board since 1998 and has extensive experience on the Executive Committee, having held posts as Secretary from 2004 – 2006 and First Vice Chairman from 2006-2008.  In addition, he has served on numerous RVIA committees, including the Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Public & Legislative Affairs Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.


In addition, Sheldon has led the Committee on Excellence since it was originally formed, serving as Chairman from 1996 – 2006 and as Co-Chair with Marty Shea, owner of Madison RV in Huntsville, Ala., since 2006.


He has been Special Assistant to the Chairman for Monaco Corp. since 1999, and began his career in the RV industry with Fleetwood Enterprises in 1971.


Other Executive Committee Officers Named


In addition, the RVIA Board of Directors elected other officers to join Chairman Sheldon on the Executive Committee, including Gregg Fore, president, Dicor Corp., as first vice chairman; Doug Gaeddert, general manager, Forest River, Inc., as second vice chairman; Don Walter, president and CEO, Starcraft RV, as treasurer; and Paul Eskritt, president-RV Group, Fleetwood Enterprises, as secretary.


All officers will begin their one-year terms on October 1 and are joined by Chairman Ex Officio Carl Pfalzgraf, executive vice president of Atwood Mobile Products, and RVIA President Richard Coon on the Executive Committee.

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