10 August 2023
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Caravan Industry Victoria announces winners of its 2023 Hall of Fame and Industry Awards

The Caravan Industry Victoria, (CIV), recently held its annual Hall of Fame and Industry Awards event in Melbourne where it inducted five members into its Hall of Fame and announced the winners of all categories of its Industry Awards.

The Caravan Industry Victoria Hall of Fame Industry Awards, attended by over 560 people, is the night of nights for members of the Caravan Industry Victoria to recognise individuals, businesses, and employees for their contribution to the industry. This evening is not only a celebration of the dedication of these companies and individuals but also an opportunity to network with friends and industry colleagues.

Victoria is the heartland of the caravan industry with 93% of the just over 28,000 caravans and RVs
produced in Australia being produced in Victoria and the Hall of Fame and Industry Awards is a hotly
contested event.

This year saw record nominations and almost three times the number of last year, showing the
importance and value of being awarded for excellence in their field.

“The Association has a long tradition of recognising people and businesses who have contributed so much to the industry, and our prestigious Hall of Fame Awards recognise both past and present pioneers of our industry and to receive the amount of nominations shows the value the members have in the awards,’ stated Daniel Sahlberg, Chief Executive Officer – Caravan Industry Victoria.

Caravan Industry Victoria’s ultimate recognition was five icons and pioneers of the Caravan Industry
and inducted them into the Caravan Industry Victoria Hall of Fame.

  • Colin Tobin – Canterbury Caravans
  • Peter Deralas – Royal Flair Caravans
  • Frank Prosenik – Supreme & Leader Caravans
  • Karl Prosenik – Supreme & Leader Caravans
  • Colin Parrot – Parable Productions/What’s Up Downunder

“This year’s inductees typify what the Hall of Fame is about,. With collectively 225 years of experience
in the industry, they have worked hard to make the industry a better place than what is was when they
joined it,” stated Nat Schiavello, President Caravan Industry Victoria.

The Individual Awards were also presented in honour of individuals that have contributed
significantly to the industry.

  • Charlie Tebb Service to Industry Award: Pino Pizzuto – AL-KO and G&S Chassis
  • George Pantazopoulos Young Achiever Award: Daniel Fahey – Jayco Corporation Pty Ltd
  • Col Parrôt Media Award: Miriam Mace & Chris Maujean from Aussie Destination Unknown

Health and Wellbeing was a focus for Caravan Industry Victoria at the event and as mental health
continues to be a significant problem for the society with one in six Australians currently
experiencing depression or anxiety, or both. Almost 45% of all Australians will experience a mental
health condition in their lifetime.

On the night, Caravan Industry Victoria launched the ‘Caravan Industry Victoria Health & Wellbeing
Program powered by Readiness’. Readiness is a proactive mental health and wellbeing support
program for businesses and their employees. Readiness is a scientifically driven platform to monitor
and manage the wellbeing of people, every day.

“Through the COVID years, and now, I have personally been working with people within the industry
who are struggling and with the industry recently losing some, it’s a focus for us to support our
industry,” Mr Sahlberg stated.

Caravan Industry Victoria has a track record in this area with last year supporting Headspace in both
Albury/Wodonga and Bendigo, donating $5000 each, to support the communities in those areas in
their invaluable work in raising awareness and providing services to those in need. And this year we
will support members and their employees.

The Business Excellence Awards are the most talked about awards in the industry with them
recognising excellence in each of the industries sectors. Mr Sahlberg, commented: ‘The Business Awards were assessed by independent judges who donate their time at no charge and rate each applicant for their performance throughout the past 12 months, and takes into account a wide range of business criteria.”

“This year, all Business Award winners were fortunate to receive an advertising package valued at
$15,000 from Parable Productions / What’s Up Down Under for each winner. A prize of this value will
be of great assistance to all winners and allow them to access marketing that they may not have had
in the past,” he added.

This year’s winners were:

  • Excellence in Caravan & RV Manufacturing – Nova Caravans
  • Excellence in Dealership – Wangaratta Caravans & Marine
  • Excellence in Retailer – Award RV Superstore
  • Excellence in Component Manufacturing – Alpine Annexes
  • Excellence in Service & Repair – CARAC
  • Excellence in Industry Supplier – Australian RV Accessories
    The Employee of the Year Awards including Manager of the Year are presented to recognise the
    efforts and contributions of employees in the caravan industry in all sectors.
    This years winners are:
  • Manager of the year – Joseph Waring – Coast to Coast RV Services
  • Employee of the Year in Caravan & RV Manufacturing – Phil Maestrale – Jayco
    Corporation Pty Ltd
  • Employee of the Year in Dealership – Adam Beard from Titanium Caravans
  • Employee of the Year in Service & Repair – Philip Rigby from Our Van RV Pty Ltd

The event was proudly partnered by its major partner; Integrated OE Tyres & Wheel Solutions,
Premium Partner; ARV Chassis, Supporting Partners AL-KO International, BMPRO, Bank of Queensland, Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Hume City Council, Matthews Steer, Metro Print, Readiness, DPR & Co, Parable Productions and What’s Up Downunder.

Caravan Industry Victoria also launched its new brand and marketing identity with a modern and
professional branding identity that reflects the industry of today whilst also joining all its activities
with a common brand for its business to business (B2B) events and its business to consumer (B2C)
events including slight changes of its caravan shows names to commonise them under one brand.

In closing the night, Mr Schiavello stated: “Tonight, we smiled, we laughed, we cried, and we
celebrated. We saw the new Caravan Industry Victoria and our upcoming Trade Expo, we remembered
those that we lost, we celebrated our members and the ones that reached milestones this year but for
me the Caravan Industry Victoria Health and Wellbeing Program powered by Readiness is something
that I’m proud of.”