Nominations are in for the RV Industry Association Board of Directors. Seven director positions are up for election, four manufacturer seats, one supplier seat and two at-large seats. Twelve candidates are running including: two supplier representatives, six manufacturer representatives and four at-large representatives. Meet your candidates:
Manufacturer - Four Seats Up For Election
Chris Baum, Liberty Outdoors
Chris has been with Liberty Outdoors since 2005 where he started in sales and progressed in to other roles including CFO/sales (2009-2012), COO/sales (2012-2017) and CBO/sales (2017-present). Throughout Chris’ tenure at the company he’s had hands-on experience in every facet from manufacturing, sales, distribution, marketing, repairs and more. In addition to his commitment to Liberty Outdoors, Chris also dedicates his time to youth basketball and founded DB Hoops AAU Youth Basketball Program in Ohio with an outreach mission to empower inner-city and at-risk kids. Chris earned his degree in English communications and finance management from The Ohio State University.
Paul Cassidy, Erwin Hymer Group
Paul has been senior vice president of business development for Roadtrek Motorhomes since 2017. He’s also served as vice president of sales & service (2007-2017) and director of sales (2005-2007). Previous positions included president of All Points Sales (1992-2005), project manager with Glendale RV (1990-1992), territory manager with B&B Trailer Supplies (1988-1990) and sales coordinator with Glendale RV (1984-1988). Paul currently serves on the RV Industry Association’s Board of Directors, Canadian Coalition Committee, Market Committee and Membership Committee. He earned his degree in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Jack Cole, Lance Campers/REV Group
Jack has been with Lance Campers since 1966 where he started as a part-time employee while attending school. He purchased part ownership in the company in 1973 and became vice president. He then was named president and CEO in 1980. In January 2018, Lance Campers was acquired by the REV Group. Jack first served on the RV Industry Association’s Board of Directors in 1984-1993 and was elected back in 2015 where he also serves as chairman of the Standards Steering Committee. He’s also a past member of the Automotive Liaison Committee as well as past chairman of the Nominating Committee.
Ryan Elias, Triple E RV/Leisure Travel Vans
Ryan has been vice president and general manager of Triple E Recreational Vehicles/Leisure Travel Vans since 2011. He’s also served as assistant general manager (2009-2011) and marketing coordinator (1998-2007). Prior to his current role, he was the assistant general manager with Leisure Travel Vans (2008-2009) and director of marketing with Lode King Industries (2007-2008). Ryan currently serves on the RV Industry Association's Board of Directors, the association’s Market Information Committee and Canadian Coalition Committee. Ryan is also a member of the board of directors with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association and is a past member of Winkler Golf Course Board of Directors (2002-2004). Ryan earned his degree in business administration from Red River College.
Dustin Johns, Travel Lite RV
Dustin is president of Travel Lite RV (2014-present). He’s also serving as president of Next Level Components (2018-present), Indiana RV (2017-present) and Innovation LLC. Prior to these roles, Dustin was vice president (2009-2014) and sales manager (2001-2009) at Travel Lite RV. Dustin earned his degree at Ball State University and resides in the New Paris, Ind., area with his wife Lindsey.
Brett Randall, Columbia Northwest, Inc./Aliner
Brett is president and CEO of Columbia Northwest, Inc./Aliner. He has more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry – 17 of those years he served at Traco as an operator and principal. For 15 years he was on the board for Life’s Work of Western PA, was board chair for the University of Pittsburg IEE (2014-2017), is a board member of Paragon Foods (2017-present), member of YPO Pittsburgh Chapter (2005-present) and involved with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (2013-present). Brett resides in Ohio Township, PA with his wife Jana and their four children.
Supplier - One Seat Up For Election
Stephane Cordeille, Thetford Corporation
Stephane has been president of Thetford (Netherlands/USA) since 2012. Stephane has been with Thethford since 1988 where he started as a sales manager of its French subsidiary (1988-1991). From there he continued to progress with his role in the company and took on other positions including sales manager for France, Spain and Portugal divisions (1991-1995), customer relations manager (Europe – 1995-1997), sales & marketing director (Europe – 1998-2003), operations director (Europe – 2003-2004) and managing director (Europe – 2005-2011). He earned his degree in economics and attended the Business School of Exeter for Commerce and Management.
Ellen Kietzmann, Blue Ox
Ellen is the president and CEO of Blue Ox. She also served as vice president (1994-2014). Previous roles include working in human resources at Michael's Foods (1991-1994) and professor of communications at Wayne State College (1989-1991). She's also active in a variety of RV Industry Association committees including Committee of Excellence (2005-2008), Go RVing (2011-2012) and Trade Shows & Events (2017-present). In addition, Ellen has also been a member of RVDA (2010-2013), board member of RV Hall of Fame (2014-2017), president of RVAA (2004-2006) and secretary of RVAA (2001-2001). Ellen earned her degree from South Dakota University and received her master's from Iowa State University.
At-Large - Two Seats Up For Election
Garry Enyart, Onan/Cummins Power Generation
Garry has been director of RV Business for Cummins Power Generation since 2005. Previously, he was the director of consumer products channel development with Cummins distribution system (2000-2005). He began working in various sales and management positions for Onan in 1977 and went on to pursue other opportunities including regional manager with Shurflo (1998-2000), director of RV Business for Generac (1996-1998) and director of sales for StaRite (1992-1996). Garry’s involvement with the RV Industry Association is extensive from serving as second vice chairman and past treasurer on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Chairman and member of the Audit Committee, Awards Committee, China Committee, Public and Legislative Affairs Committee, RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing Board, RV Service Training Council, and Strategic Planning Committee. Garry earned his degree in business from the Metropolitan State University.
Heather Jenks, Genesis Products, Inc.
Heather has been with Genesis Products since 2007 where she’s served as vice president of RV sales since 2015. Prior to joining Genesis, she was the sales manager at Doors Plus Inc. (1998-2007) and was in outside sales at Welch Packaging (1996-1998). Heather is also heavily involved with Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County Goshen Unit since 2010 and joined its board of directors in 2017. She earned her degree from Goshen College and still resides in the Goshen, Ind., area.
Tim Miller, Lionshead Specialty Tire & Wheel
Tim has been president of Lionshead Specialty Tire & Wheel since 2012. Prior to joining Lionshead, Tim’s career began in banking where he was the community president at Salin Bank & Trust (2009-2012) and senior vice president of commercial finance at PNC (1996-2009). Tim is also a member of the RV Industry Association’s Vehicular Components Subcommittee (2016-present). He earned his degree in finance from Wittenberg University and MBA in finance from Western Michigan University. Tim resides in the Goshen area with his wife Michelle.
Elden Wood, Carefree of Colorado
Elden Wood currently serves as vice president, sales, service & marketing for Carefree of Colorado, a Scott Fetzer company and Berkshire-Hathaway subsidiary. Elden comes to Carefree with more than 14 years of experience in the global RV industry having previously worked with many leading European companies, most recently as Truma’s vice president of sales and marketing.
Elden’s RV Industry Association service includes: Current board member, Trade Show and Events Committee Member (2014-Present), International Committee member (2016-present); past member of the Supplier Committee and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee. Other service: Firefighter/EMT-I; Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America; Church Young Men’s Youth Leader; and Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Education Council Volunteer.
Elden earned a BA in Business Administration with a double major in Entrepreneurship and International Business, together with a Global Management Certificate at BYU’s Marriott School of Business; International Business and Global Marketing certificate at CIMBA in Italy; Level B1 German Foreign Language Certificate at Goethe Institut in Germany; and a Two-Year Financial Management Accounting Certificate from LDS Business College.
Candidates will begin campaigning July 1 and will have the entire month to do so. Members will have the opportunity to vote August 1-31 - only one vote per member company is permitted. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks with specific details on how to vote!