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Record number of candidates for the RV Industry Association elections

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) in USA has received a record number of candidates for its upcoming elections. Members will have the opportunity to vote from 3 to 29 September.

Seven director positions are up for election, two manufacturer seats, three supplier seats, one park model manufacturer seat and one at-large seats. A record 22 candidates are running for this year’s open seats including 6 manufacturer representatives, 2 Park Model RV representatives, 10 supplier representatives, and 4 at-large representatives.

Meet the candidates:

Manufacturer Seat (Vote for 2):

Scott Hubble

Scott Hubble, Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers/NuCamp RV

Scott has been with nuCamp (formerly Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers) since the summer of 2009 as the manufacturer for Little Guy Worldwide.  Scott initially broke into the RV industry with Little Guy Worldwide, where he served as their Director of Marketing (2007-2011), Director of Strategic Solutions (2011-2014) and ultimately Vice President (2014-2016).  Scott officially began working for both Little Guy and nuCamp in 2012 when nuCamp appointed Scott as their CEO.  Scott earned his degrees in accounting, MBA and Doctor in Juris Prudence at Cedarville University, the University of Akron and Southern Columbian University. He is anticipating completing a business doctorate in public administration and urban studies in 2022. He is a board member of the Nicamerican Missions involved in several organizations, including Feed My Starving Children, The Upside of Downs, Jobs for Life Rahab Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and Pure Gift of God Adoption Services.

Dustin Johns

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.

Bob Martin

Bob Martin, Thor Industries, Inc.

Bob currently serves as president and CEO of Thor Industries, Inc. Prior to this current role, he served as Thor’s president and COO and previously as RV senior group president. In addition, he also served as president of Keystone RV Company. His RV Industry Association service includes serving as a current member of the Board of Directors as secretary and on the Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee and previously served as a member of National Show Committee. Other service to the community includes serving as a past board member of the United Way of Elkhart County. Bob is a graduate of Purdue University.

Matt Miller

Matthew Miller, Newmar Corporation

Matt Miller is the president/CEO of Newmar Corporation where he has been since 1992. He is currently an RV Industry Association board member and is the first vice chair on the Executive Committee following his roles as the Secretary and Treasurer (2013-2016). Matt is also the Chairman of the RV Technical Institute Board of Directors and serves on the RV Industry Association’s Audit Committee, Public Relations Committee, RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing Board, Standards Steering Committee and Strategic Planning Committee where he was a former chairman. Matt has also served as a chairman on the Nominating Committee (2012). His other service activities include serving as a current member of the RVDA RV Learning Center Board; former member of the RV Safety and Education Foundation Board and The Crossing Schools.

Phil Sarvari

Phil Sarvari, Gulf Stream Coach

Phil is the president of Gulf Stream Coach where he has been with the company since 1992. He served as a board member on the RV Industry Association’s Quality Task Force in 2005 and the RV MHI Indiana. Phil earned a double major from Marian University in Accounting and Business Administration. He also belongs to the local Family and Children’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Mishawaka.

Greg Wallman

Greg Wallman, Melius Corporation dba Space Craft Mfg.

Greg is the owner and president of Space Craft Mfg. where he has been since 2018. Prior to Space Craft Mfg., Greg was a director at Core Catalysts (2011 – 2018), a manager at Experis (2005 – 2011), an EVP mortgage lending & controller at National Bank of Kansas City (2002 – 2005), a controller at McCaffree Financial Corporation (1999 – 2002) and a senior auditor at Deloitte (1996 – 1999). Greg earned his MBA from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northwest Missouri State University.        

PMRV Manufacturer (Vote for 1):

Dick Grymonprez

Dick Grymonprez, Champion/Athens Park Model RVs

Dick Grymonprez currently serves as director of park model sales for Skyline Champion Corporation. Building in 11 factories under the Athens Park and Shore Park brand names, Skyline Champion is the largest builder of park model RVs in the US. Dick was previously was vice president of sales and marketing for Athens Park Homes (2004-2012) and sales manager for Champion Homes (1988-2011). His service to the RV Industry Association includes serving as a current member of the Board of Directors, on the Membership Committee and Park Model RV Committee; and a past member of the Seasonal Camping Committee (2012-2015) and Awards Committee (2016). He was also the president (2011-2016) and is a member of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association Board of Directors; a member of the Texas Manufactured Housing Board of Directors (1999-2000 & 2009-2010); president (1995-1996) and member (1990-1996) of the Arizona Manufactured Housing Board of Directors; and was the president (1999) and member (1997-1999) of the YMCA Board of Directors. He received his B.S. in business from Central Michigan University.

John Soard

John Soard, Woodland Park, Inc.

John is a national sales manager for Woodland Park, Inc. He’s also served as the general manager of the Park Models Division for Fairmont Homes a subsidiary of Cavco Industries (2005-2016); regional sales manager for Breckenridge Park Models (1999-2005); national and regional sales manager for Woodland Park, Inc. (1988-1998); director of engineering for Park Homes, Inc. (1985-1988); and held drafting/engineering positions at Coachmen Industries (1983-1985). His service to the RV Industry Association includes serving as the current chairman of the Park Model RV Committee; member of the Go RVing Coalition and the Park Model RV Technical Subcommittee. He was also a member of the Seasonal Camping Committee (2012 -2015) and various RV Industry Association and RPTIA Codes and Standards Subcommittees (1998-2005). John is involved in the development of standards in Canada and serves as a member of the Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committee on Park Models (2017 – Present). He is also a member of the PRVCA Board of Directors, past member of the PRVCA Hershey Show Committee (2008-2012) and was the secretary and Board Member for RPTIA (2005-2012).

Supplier (Vote for 3):

Matt Carboneau

Matt Carboneau, WESCO Distribution

Matt is the sales manager, midwest region for WESCO Distribution (2016 – Present). Prior to Joining WESCO, he worked at Amerimax Building Products (2007 – 2016), Owens Corning Fabwel Division (1998 – 2007) and Fabwel, Inc. (1989 – 1998).  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in general management from Purdue University with a minor in finance. Matt is actively involved in community organizations including leading fundraising events and serving as a vestry board member at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, led fundraising drives for United way, coached youth sports leagues for six years, volunteered on a special finance committee for Goshen Community Schools, volunteered as a summer camp counselor and he secured major donor funding for restoration and renovation of the Wawasee Retreat Center owned by the Diocese of Northern Indiana.

Kevin Casey

Kevin Casey  –  Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions, Inc.

Kevin has been the president and CEO of Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions, Inc. since 2017. He was the vice president, marketing and sales at EMS Chemie – EFTEC (2014 – 2017), vice president, sales and marketing for Mar-Bal, Inc. (2010), vice president sales and marketing at Sika where he held multiple roles from 2002 – 2008, and was the vice president of sales and marketing at Premix, Inc. (1995).  Kevin is involved in 25 community organizations including the Rotary Club of La Porte, Indiana, Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation, Elkhart 4-H Program, Shrine Circus Fund, United Way, Japan-America Society of Indiana, Meals on Wheels, and many others. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Ohio State University.

Jorge Antonio Campos

Jorge Antonio Campos, Boyd Corporation

Jorge is the BDE, sales executive for Boyd Corporation where he has worked since 2014. Prior to his current role, he was the general manager at Patrick Industries (2013 – 2014), the national corporate quality director and national sales executive for Lippert Components (2004 – 2013) and the VP of operations for Norco Industries (1991 – 2013). Jorge is currently a member of the RV Industry Association’s Standards Steering Committee and the Supplier Committee. He graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a degree in business and manufacturing engineering. Jorge also served as Chairman of the Board for the Centers for Hope and Healing, a not for profit chain of urgent care clinics in the Elkhart/Goshen area and is involved with fundraisers for the Goshen Boys and Girls Club and various local Hispanic organizations.  

Mike Gerowitz

Michael Gerowitz, Tredit Tire and Wheel Company, Inc.

Michael runs product and market development at Tredit Tire and Wheel where he has been since February 2019. Prior to joining Tredit, he held several positions at Goodyear Tire and Rubber ranging from a testing lab coordinator in 2010 to prototype tire architecture program manager for Goodyear Research and Development in 2019. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and anthropology from the University of Michigan. He is the co-author of Care and Service for Truck and Bus Tires, is an advanced driving development chief instructor for the National Auto Sport Associations in the Great Lakes Region, fundraises for the Association and Zoos and Aquariums, served in the Goodyear seat on the US Tire Manufacturers Association Publications Committee (formally known as Rubber Manufacturers of America (RMA), and belongs to the Sports Car Club of America.

Beau Gringer

Beau Gringer, Diamond Shield

Beau began his career as an operations manager at Diamond Shield in 2002 before becoming the owner and president in 2016. He earned his B.A.Sc. in business and economics from Sunny Empire State in New York. He is a member of the Family Motor Coach Association, Florida RV Trade Association, volunteers with Hire Heroes USA, is the founder and president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Christmas Ball Fundraiser, and participates in fundraisers for the Miami Project (Spinal Injury), University of Rochester and Wilmot Cancer Institute.

John O'Sullivan

John O’Sullivan  –  Crane Composites

John is currently the president of Crane Composites and has serviced in multiple roles at the company since 2003. Prior to joining Crane Composites, he was the vice president, division director at R.R. Donnelley where he worked from 1989 – 2002. John earned his MBA in accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and quickly joined Ernst & Young as a senior auditor from 1987 – 1989. He is a current board member of the American Composites Manufacturers Association and previously served on the Associations Convention Planning Committee for the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, a board member for United Way in LaSalle County, IL, and board member at Junior Achievement in LaSalle County, IL.

Matthew Petrill

Matthew Petrill, Furrion, LLC

Matthew is the Vice President, North American Operations, for Furrion, LLC. Prior to joining Furrion, he was the director of business development at Boyd Corporation (2016-2017), director of operations at REV Recreation Group (2014 – 2016), director of operations at Thor Motor Coach (2014), director of operations at Monaco RV (2012 – 2013), and the production manager & general manager at Fleetwood RV/REV Recreation Group (1999 – 2011).  He is currently a member of the RV Industry Association’s Public and Legislative Affairs Committee and he previously participated in the Codes & Standards Sub-Committee. Matthew orchestrated refurbishment of existing RVs and donation of another to Hello Gorgeous, a non-profit organization that performs mobile makeovers for women battling cancer.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and a Master of Science in manufacturing management from Kettering University.

Mary Pouliot

Mary Pouliot, Thetford Corporation

Mary is the VP of sales and marketing at Thetford where she has worked since 2006 in a number of roles including director of customer service and director of OEM sales. Prior to joining Thetford, she worked at Mosaic, was the director of NA IT at GKN Sinter Metals and as the customer service manager team lead at FANUC Robotics. Her service to the RV Industry Association includes serving as the vice chairman of the RVIA/RVDA Certification Governing Board, as a member of both the association’s Curriculum and Credentialing Focus Group and Tech Training Strategic Plan Focus Group, Trade Show and Events Committee member, and RVX Show Task Force member. She previously served as an RV Service Training Council member, Industry Education Committee member and Industry of Excellence member. She was also a Top Tech Challenger Supporter (2018-2019), Trade Mission to China participant (2018), and National Education Service Award Winner (2014). She currently sits on a number of boards and committees including the RV Women’s Alliance, the MARVAC Board (2013 – current) where she is the President, MMH&RVCA Executive Board (2016 – Current), and the MARVAC Marketing PR Committee (2014 – current). Mary participates in Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and Community Sharing.

Jay Riblet

Jay Riblet, D&W, Inc.

Jay is the sales, general manager at D&W Inc. where he has been since 2012. Prior to joining D&W, he was the executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart (2010 – 2012) and the sales manager at Philips Products/Ventline from 1999 – 2009. Jay is a University of South Bend graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies. He is a past board member of the Samaritan Center in Elkhart, volunteered as a C.A.R.E.S. mentor with Elkhart Community Schools, and helped with fundraising efforts for the Love Way Therapeutic Equestrian Services in Elkhart County. He has raised money for the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart in his capacity as the executive director.

Bill Rogers

Bill Rogers, Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.

Bill currently serves as president for Keystone/NTP-STAG (2015-present). His previous experience includes vice president, category management at Keystone/NTPSTAG (2010-2015); vice president, supply chain management at Armstrong World Industries (2006-2010) and Textron, Inc. (2001-2006); manager, procurement at Holnam, Inc. (1998-2001); and multiple positions with General Electric (1985-1998). He is currently serving on the RV Industry Association Board of Directors, member of the RECT Task Force and is a former member of Governance Committee. Bill holds a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts and MBA from Northeastern University. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt (DMAIC) & Green Belt (DFSS).

At-Large (Vote for 1)

Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter  –  Creative Products Group

Chris is the director of business development for CPG Brands. He has chaired multiple committees including the RV Aftermarket Association’s Education Committee, Show/Events Committee, the events committee of the University of Buffalo CEL program and is currently on the RV Industry Association’s Trade Shows and Events Committee.  He participates in the APICS membership and strategic speakers selection and belongs to the University of Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson  –  Big Life Tiny Homes

Mark is the vice president of Big Life Tiny Homes where he has been since 2018. Prior to joining Big Life Tiny Homes, Mark was a construction analyst as the U.S. Small Business Administration, president of two companies in Tennessee dealing with construction and development projects (1995 – 2014), president of Pace Construction (1990 – 1994), vice president, senior project manager/estimator at Hunt Construction (1988 – 1990), project manager at T.W. Frierson (1986 – 1988), and a Superintendent at Gene D. Liggins. Mark is a board member of the Johansson Foundation which places people and builds affordable or free housing for veterans and other homeless people to help them get back on their feet. He was also appointed to an advisory board for codes and zoning departments on issues related to allowing RV’s, campers, and tiny homes to be placed around counties in the state of Tennessee.

Tom McCarthey

Tom McCarthy  –  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US

Tom is the vice president, head of safety compliance & product analysis at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US). He has served in numerous roles with the company including a number or roles through the company’s transitions from DaimlerChrysler, Chrysler Corp (1995-2001).; DaimlerChrysler (2001 – 2007); Chrysler Group (2007 – 2009) and FCA US (2009 – present). Tom was the automotive test engineer for the Consumers Union (1995), and a design engineer at General Motors and at Pratt & Whitney. He volunteered to lead an initiative aimed at sharing recall execution processes and lessons learned from the automotive sector at NHTSA’s request and has been successful in expanding the effort into a formal, quarterly sub-committee meeting with key members of the RV Industry Association and representatives from FCA Fleet Operations, Ford and GM. He fundraises for United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and for several animal rescue groups and animal shelters in the Detroit metro area and southwest Michigan. He is also a long-term mentor for FCA US’ intern and CIE programs and a mentor for the National Society of Black Engineers. Tom is a graduate of Northeastern University and earned his MBA from Walsh College.

Jeff Sather

Jeff Sather, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.

Jeff is the president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis where he has been since March 2018. Prior to Freightliner, Jeff was the general manager of specialty units controlling at Daimler Trucks North America (2008 – 2018) following various roles within the company (2001 – 2008). He was employed at PACCAR Inc. from 1991 – 2001 where he also held various accounting positions. Jeff is a CPA and earned his MBA from Seattle University and a business degree in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan. He has been on the RV Industry Association’s Board of Directors since March 2018 and services on the Public & Legislative Affairs Committee (2018 – present). He has also been a board member at North America Fuel Systems Remanufacturing from 2008 – 2018.