Today, the RV Industry Association announced that it has accepted the resignation of Frank Hugelmeyer as president of the association. In response, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has executed on the organization’s procedure for the implementation of an interim-president, designating Craig Kirby, senior vice president of government affairs and general counsel, interim-president of the RV Industry Association. Kirby is a 25-year veteran of the Association, where he oversees government relations, standards, and the organization’s legal team. Hugelmeyer is leaving the RV Industry Association to become president and CEO of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
Garry Enyart, director of RV business, Cummins, and chairman of the RV Industry Association Board of Directors issued the following statement: “We truly appreciate all of the work Frank has led to improve the position of the RV Industry Association and strengthen the relationships with not only the membership, but also with our industry partners. Under his leadership, the Association has modernized its technological capabilities, strengthened its federal and state advocacy, welcomed the RV Aftermarket Association’s members, launched the RV Technical Institute, and expanded the reach and impact of the industry’s Go RVing program. Further, Frank leaves the organization in a position of strength both operationally and financially. He will be missed at the RV Industry Association, but we are eager to continue working closely with him moving forward as we continue to partner on growing the position and influence of the outdoor recreation economy.
Craig Kirby has assumed the role of interim-president, where he shall have full authority for day-to-day decision making and independent action and will report directly to the chairman of the board. During the interim period, the RV Industry Association's Executive Committee will be alerted to any special support needs of the interim president and shall convene a monthly meeting of the group. At this time there is no timetable as to the formation of a search committee for a permanent replacement, and the association's Executive Committee and full Board of Directors will be meeting the first week of June during Advocacy Week in Washington, DC.”
Outgoing president Hugelmeyer stated: “In nearly four years of working together, we have made great strides as an organization, and it has been my great privilege to serve the RVIA members and collaborate with an exceptionally talented board and staff. As many of you know, one of my life’s passions is boating and fishing, and this leadership role with NMMA truly represented a dream opportunity. I will miss the RV Industry Association family, but look forward to serving the numerous crossover members that operate in both the RV and boating worlds, and continuing our work with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), as well as building on the close bonds that have formed during my time at the Association.”
A full transition timeline is being formulated, and Hugelmeyer will remain with the RV Industry Association for a yet-to-be determined period to provide guidance and support during the transition.