Curtis Hemmeler, Executive Director
Curt is managing the establishment and launch of the RV Technical Institute’s new headquarters and training facility, as well as managing and executing the strategic business plan. He brings 20 years of professional experience in technical education and training to the RV Technical Institute. Prior to joining the institute, Curt was the vice president of operations and strategy for WyoTech, a division of Zenith Education that trains auto and diesel technicians. In that position, he led a team of over 300 across three locations. He has extensive experience with the sales, marketing, fundraising and developing community partnership. Curt is looking forward to building a first-class technical and educational program that will ensure that the RV industry’s success continues for generations and generations to come.
Matt Wald, VP, Strategic Initiatives
Matt is the vice president of strategic initiatives for the RV Industry Association, where he leads efforts to address major strategic industry and association initiatives. He led the reintegration of Park Model RVs back into the RV Industry Association, the association’s digital transformation and is helming the reinvention of RV technician training. Matt has over 20 years of association project management experience. He is a KPI-driven strategy-oriented leader with expertise in building relationships, thinking strategically and achieving results. Prior to joining the RV Industry Association Wald was a director and project manager for the Insulation Manufacturers Association, Subcontractors Association and Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.
Sharonne Lee – Senior Director, Education
Sharonne brings more than 30 years of RV industry experience to her new role with the RV Technical Institute. Her experience spans the spectrum and has acquainted her with all aspects of the RV industry ranging from standards inspections and standards development to education, dealer and technician outreach, curriculum development and training. Sharonne developed the first annual Top Tech Challenge in 2017 and looks forward to growing the event as part of the Institute. Sharonne’s new role at the institute will allow her to pursue her goal of improving the end-user RV experience and professionalizing the field for RV technicians throughout the U.S.
Tammy Holland – Manager
Tammy has been in the RV industry for 10 years and has experience in both the RV Industry Association and at a manufacturing facility. Prior to joining the industry, she worked as an educator as both a teacher and principal for 23 years. Her unique expertise allows her to approach education development from more than one perspective. Tammy was part of the original team that launched the TnT program and has been a part of the evolution of the education program. She has cultivated close working relationships with component part suppliers that have enabled her to contribute to the curriculum development for new technicians. Prior to joining the RV Industry Association four years ago, Tammy worked in operations and HR at an RV manufacturing facility. She is looking forward to using her combined experiences to help develop a world-class training program for RV Service Technicians.
Connie Acord – Dealer Relations
Connie has been in the RV Industry for more than 30 years working in several different capacities; a manufacturer representative, distributor and factory-direct representative. She’s spent the last five years developing and shaping the association’s Technicians in Training program and expanding its reach across the country. She is responsible for direct sales to dealers while coordinating training on many levels within the dealerships. While presenting the TnT program, she developed her territory and witnessed the technicians’ growth through the hands-on training provided. Connie is excited to further develop the dealer relations aspect of her job while empowering the technicians to grow their careers.
Wade Greenwood – Dealer Relations
Wade brings more than 40 years of RV industry experience in manufacturing to his new role in the RV Technical Institute. He joined the association five years ago to help develop and shape the association’s Technicians in Training program and expanding its reach across the country. Wade is responsible for direct sales to dealers while coordinating training on many levels within the dealerships. He has developed his territory and relationships with dealers and technicians. Wade’s new role at the institute will be to market the new program to the dealer network and recruit new technicians for placement throughout the U.S, along with involvement in managing curriculum usage. The creation of this new institute will allow Wade to further develop his dealer relationships while empowering the technicians to grow their careers.
Mike Curl - Trainer
Mike brings more than 30 years of experience to the RV Technical Institute and has an extensive background as a design engineer, salesman and field technical trainer. He served as a 2017 Top Tech Challenge judge during the inaugural event launched to celebrate technicians in the RV industry. Curl joined the institute during an integral time and was a part of the original team to map out the institute’s curriculum, levels of credentialing and certification, ideal length of training, specialty and generalist skill-level paths, requirements for hands-on skills assessments, practical testing questions, resources for continuing education and the development and implementation of a learning management system.
Mike Anderson – Trainer
Mike joined the association three years ago as its first full-time technician trainer. Mike developed the lesson plans and Registered Technician Course using the job and task analysis developed by RVIA for the Registered Technician Credential. Mike has spent the past two years traveling the country and delivering the course to dealers and technicians. Mike has now been a leader in the team mapping out the institute’s curriculum, levels of credentialing and certification, the ideal length of training, specialty and generalist skill-level paths, requirements for hands-on skills assessments, practical testing questions, resources for continuing education and the development and implementation of a learning management system.