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Truman  Brown Deceased
Intertherm
Missouri
Class of 1972  
Member - Truman  Brown  (214)Industry heating pioneer, he developed the first kerosene heating stove to replace wood burners in trailers. Strong promoter of industry standards and originator and director of the first supplier service schools. Active early Board Member of Missouri TCA and TCMA and was the first TCMA Standards Committee Chairman.
 
James  Brunskill Deceased
Executive Industries, Kenskill trailers
California
Class of 1972  
Member - James  Brunskill  (215)Pioneer RV manufacturer and TCA standards activist, leader in the creation of standards for electrical, plumbing, and heating construction, TCA two term President and nationally recognized lobbyist.
 
Wally ByamDeceased
Airstream
California
Class of 1972  
Member - Wally Byam (216)Pioneer trailer manufacturer and engineer. Originated the use of aluminum in trailer frames and skins especially aircraft type riveted bodies. Pioneered the concept of trailer caravans for international RV travel. Lifetime RV lifestyle promoter.
 
Elmer  Frey Deceased
Marshfield Homes
Wisconsin
Class of 1972  
Member - Elmer  Frey  (217)Housing pioneer responsible for changing the image of industry products from trailers to homes. Builder of the first over-width “tenwide” mobile home. MHMA Board member and active lobbyist for the altering of load width restrictions on state and national highways.
 
Jerry GoldenDeceased
Golden West Homes
California
Class of 1972  
Member - Jerry Golden (218)Early TCA Board Member and two term President. Consumer affairs activist and pioneer builder of expandable homes and double-wides. Conceived and built the giant 65 foot “Flagship” motorhome in the mid 1950s.
 
Kristian  Jensen Deceased
Jensen's Inc.
Connecticut
Class of 1972  
Member - Kristian  Jensen  (219)Pioneer retailer, park developer, New England MHA President and MDNA Board member and President. Authored the first book on MH park development. Leader of legislative battles throughout New England to get zoning favorable to MH parks.
 
Hal  MacPhersonDeceased
MacPherson Toilets
Florida
Class of 1972  
Member - Hal  MacPherson (220)Pioneer supplier who developed the first grinder type toilet which allowed the use of toilets and holding tanks in trailers. Leading lobbyist for the national plumbing code for trailers. Instrumental in getting trailer dwellers included in US census figures for the first time (1950).
 
John  O'Conor Deceased
TCA
California
Class of 1972  
Member - John  O'Conor  (221)Long time association executive, primarily responsible for the acceptance of manufactured housing in the western states. Leader of the movement to remove federal excise tax from manufactured homes and to allow over-width homes on western highways.
 
Betty OrrDeceased
Orr And Orr
Illinois
Class of 1972  
Member - Betty Orr (222)Industry pioneer aftermarket supplier, retailer, manufacturer and association leader. She was the first female interior designer in the trailer industry. Designer of the first multiple unit tow vehicle. First female president of a national association in the industry.
 
Wilbur J.  Schult Deceased
Schult Homes
Indiana
Class of 1972  
Member - Wilbur J.  Schult  (223)Pioneer manufacturer, instrumental in the founding of TCMA, builder of innovative two unit modular homes during World War II, nationally active housing industry promoter and showman who was responsible for much of the early industry growth.
 
C.J.  StollDeceased
C.J. Soll Inc.
Florida
Class of 1972  
Member - C.J.  Stoll (224)Pioneer retailer, and park developer he was an active supporter of local and national associations and mentor to other retailers. He sold the first tenwide home which had to be transported to his location by rail as it was not legal on most highways. Charter member and director of Florida MHA.
 
Earl  Swett Deceased
Marlette Homes Inc.
Michigan
Class of 1972  
Member - Earl  Swett  (225)Early manufacturer and Board Member of MHMA serving three terms as Chairman, he is recognized as “the father of industry wide standards” for his devotion to the establishment of the ANSI code and its acceptance by state and municipal authorities.
 
Edward  WilsonDeceased
MHMA
Illinois
Class of 1972  
Member - Edward  Wilson (226)As an early association executive for twenty-five years, he led the national association into advertising, construction and park standards, educational programs and political lobbying. He was a nationally recognized spokesman promoting mobile home living.
 
Norman  Wolfe Deceased
American Coach Co
Michigan
Class of 1972  
Member - Norman  Wolfe  (227)Pioneer manufacturer and design innovator. Charter member and President of TCMA, he was an early practitioner and promoter of active manufacturer-dealer relations.
 
Paul  Abel Deceased
Franklin Coach
Indiana
Class of 1973  
Member - Paul  Abel  (202)Pioneer trailer manufacturer, long time Indiana MHA Show Chairman, co-founder of RVI (now RVIA), founder and first President of the American Institute of Travel Trailer Manufacturers, instrumental in the merger of the travel trailer divisions of RVI and MHMA.
 
Rex R.  Anderson Deceased
Anderson Coach, ABC Coach
Michigan
Class of 1973  
Member - Rex R.  Anderson  (204)Innovator in trailer manufacturing beginning in 1924, he patented an in-floor heating system and devised the side-ways assembly line, he was the first to install a full size bath tub in his trailers. He was one of the founders of the Mobilehome Craftsmen's Guild Gold Seal program.
 
Pete  Callander Deceased
South Side Trailer Sales
Indiana
Class of 1973  
Member - Pete  Callander  (205)Pioneer retailer, early officer of both Indiana and national associations, long time activist for dealers and park owners. President of Indiana MHA, President of MDNA, one of the founders of MHMA service schools, leader of the first Elkhart Trailer Show. He was selected to represent all dealers nationally before congress when it was considering passage of the HUD code.
 
Roy Clayton Deceased
Ardon Mobile Corporation
California
Class of 1973  
Member - Roy Clayton  (206)Long time TCA officer and past President, organized the first mobile home park owner association in California, active in organizing public retail, and industry trade shows
 
Arthur R.  CostelloDeceased
Airstream
California
Class of 1973  
Member - Arthur R.  Costello (207)Active on the Boards of Directors of both TCA and MHMA, he led the development of the first fully self contained production travel trailer. He was recognized nationally for his efforts in the promotion of RV activities.
 
Welburn  Guernsey Deceased
Guernsey City
Florida
Class of 1973  
Member - Welburn  Guernsey  (208)A leader in the movement to replace “trailer camps” with functioning “cities”. He was the first to require hurricane anchors on all units in all his communities. He built the first self-contained adult community and the first community to provide around the clock security.
 
Warren F.  Jones Deceased
Hehr International
California
Class of 1973  
Member - Warren F.  Jones  (209)He has served the industry on the national Boards of Directors of TCA, MHMA, MDNA, MHI, RVI, and RVIA. He was the first Chairman of the TCA service clinics, he was selected as an industry representative on the HUD Manufactured Home Advisory Council.
 
Kenneth Minich Deceased
Pennsylvania MHA
Pennsylvania
Class of 1973  
Member - Kenneth Minich  (210)Founder of the Pennsylvania Dealers Association and Pennsylvania MHA. He organized and directed the first Pennsylvania MH and RV show. Recognized as an outstanding lobbyist, no bill he supported failed to pass in eleven years of service.
 
Ralph  MorganDeceased
Morgan Drive Away
Indiana
Class of 1973  
Member - Ralph  Morgan (211)Father of the commercial transportation industry for RVs and manufactured homes, he was the first to receive nation wide ICC authority for delivering trailers. He developed the short wheel base toter truck to allow towing of the largest possible trailers and the “beavertail” style trailers for transporting multiple smaller trailers with easy roll off dismounting
 
Paul Riedel
Vindale Corporation
Ohio
Class of 1973  
Member - Paul Riedel (212)Long time MHMA Board member and officer, Chairman of the Land Development Committee, MDNA Board member, early pre-fabricated home builder and housing innovator.
 
Jack WellsDeceased
Jack Wells Company
California
Class of 1973  
Member - Jack Wells (213)One of the founders of TCA in 1938 and a long time Board Member including serving two separate terms as President, he was a long time activist on industry business and legislative affairs.
 
Max BowenDeceased
Bowen Development Corp.
Michigan
Class of 1974  
Member - Max Bowen (228)Developed the first small water heater for trailers in 1945. He obtained the first laboratory approval of a gas fired appliance for mobile homes. A founder and long time member of MDNA Service School faculty. He later became a developer of luxury RV parks and developed Waste Away, one of the first holding tank chemicals.
 
Gene Disano
Motor Rim and Wheel
California
Class of 1974  
Member - Gene Disano (229)Pioneer builder of trailer wheels and axles. Long time officer of TCA, including President from 64 – 67. He served for many years on the joint TCA-MHMA Washington Affairs Council as a national lobbyist for the industry.
 
William B. MacDonaldDeceased
Mid States Trailer Sales
Illinois
Class of 1974  
Member - William B. MacDonald (230)Founder of the first multi-company Mobile Home and RV holding company, he was a long time activist and officer in TCMA including serving as its President. Founded one of the first trailer transport companies. He founded a finance company to offer no-recourse floor plan funding to dealers.
 
George D. MilliganDeceased
Milligan's Trailer Sales
California
Class of 1974  
Member - George D. Milligan (231)Long time retailer, active as an officer of TCA including serving as the last dealer to be elected President, he helped to develop the TCA shows and to develop the California trailer construction code. His store is recognized as the first retail shop to include a body shop for structural repairs.
 
Ebe  ShawDeceased
Columbia Trailer Company
California
Class of 1974  
Member - Ebe  Shaw (232)One of the founders and past President of TCA, he was the western delegate of the trailer coach industry to the War Production Board during WWII. He was the first trailer manufacturer to provide his dealers with display kits to enhance display of his products.
 
Arthur G. ShermanDeceased
Covered Wagon Company
Michigan
Class of 1974  
Member - Arthur G. Sherman (233)He built the industy's first giant production company producing 35-40 units per day from one plant as early as 1935. Developed the first national floor plan and consumer finance plan with CIT. He developed the process of laminating steel to plywood for trailer exteriors.
 
Omar SuttlesDeceased
Airfloat Coach Manufacturing
California
Class of 1974  
Member - Omar Suttles (234)Formed his company in 1930, he was one of the founders and a long time officer of TCA. He designed and patented many trailer features including an integrated “dolly wheel” to carry tongue weight so standard autos could pull his heavier trailers. He was one of the first manufacturers to use all aluminum exteriors.
 
Ted  WalkerDeceased
Ted Walker Trailer HQ
Arizona
Class of 1974  
Member - Ted  Walker (235)Pioneer retailer, founder and first president of the Arizona Mobile Home Dealers Association and 20 year chairman of its legislative committee, founder of the Arizona MHA and long time activist in MDNA.
 
Howard F. WardDeceased
California
Howard F. Ward Inc.
Class of 1974  
Member - Howard F. Ward (236)Builder of the first all steel trailer chassis on the west coast, instrumental in introducing butane appliances to west coast manufacturers, a long time officer and President of TCA, he was the association's first supplier member.
 
Walter O. WellsDeceased
Schult Homes
Indiana
Class of 1974  
Member - Walter O. Wells (237)Pioneer manufacturer, he was one of the founders and an early president of TCMA (now MHI), his life long promotional efforts were greatly responsible for the acceptance of mobile homes as a valuable part of the nations housing supply.
 
Ted Balter Deceased
Circle
Texas
Class of 1975  
Member - Ted Balter  (191)Seventeen year president of his chapter of TMHA, member of MHMA and MDNA Boards of Governors. He was instrumental in creating mobile home parks ANSI standards 501A and A177.1
 
Ricky Bucchino Deceased
Ricky Bucchino and Associates
Florida
Class of 1975  
Member - Ricky Bucchino  (192)Active as a park owner, dealer, manufacturer, designer, association executive, show director and promoter, and innovator. He was an official advisor to the Italian Government in establishing MH Parks during reconstruction following WWII.
 
F.L. Cappaert Deceased
Magnolia Homes
Mississippi
Class of 1975  
Member - F.L. Cappaert  (193)One of the first manufacturers to redesign rounded trailer coaches into square structures. Pioneered picture windows, seven foot ceilings, and full size exterior doors on homes. Long time Board member of MHMA.
 
Eldo  Coons Deceased
Dreamer, Diamond
Kansas
Class of 1975  
Member - Eldo  Coons  (194)Pioneer truck camper manufacturer, he successfully encouraged truck manufacturers to build vehicles designed to carry campers. Instrumental in the formation of RVI (predecessor to RVIA)
 
Arthur J.  Decio
Skyline Corporation
Indiana
Class of 1975  
Member - Arthur J.  Decio  (195)Past President of MHMA, built his company from a small family organization to the largest home manufacturing company in the industry. A marketing pioneer responsible for many inroads to the acceptance of manufactured housing. Pioneered the regional production and marketing concept.
 
Robert Gulley Deceased
Gulley's Mobile Home Park
Texas
Class of 1975  
Member - Robert Gulley  (196)A charter member of the Texas MHA, he was a long time advocate for park owners appearing before zoning boards, city councils, and legislative bodies to protect the rights of owners and developers.
 
Milo Miller Deceased
Sportsman
Indiana
Class of 1975  
Member - Milo Miller  (197)Identified as “The School Teacher of the Industry” he started many manufacturers, selling them as soon as they were profitable and starting another. Many company founders, presidents and executives got their start under his leadership. He developed early assembly line techniques.
 
Harold D.  Platt Deceased
Platt Trailers, Platt RV Sales
Indiana
Class of 1975  
Member - Harold D.  Platt  (198)Pioneer trailer manufacturer, founding member of TCMA, member of the committee for the first national show, built first concession trailer and first known unit with a full bath. Member of the War Production Board representing coach manufacturers, RV retailer active through his 90th year.
 
Eldon SmithDeceased
Sheffield Courts
Indiana
Class of 1975  
Member - Eldon Smith (199)Retailer and park developer in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, crusader in state and national associations. He served as President of Indiana MHA, and President of MDNA, he was one of the founders of the American Mobile Institute.
 
Frank  SparksDeceased
New England MH Association
Massachusetts
Class of 1975  
Member - Frank  Sparks (200)Led his association for over 30 years as a champion for both RV and Mobile Home interests throughout New England. One of the founders of the National Conference of State and Regional Mobilehome Associations. He inaugurated the New England regional RV Show.
 
Gurdon Wolfe Deceased
Guerdon Homes
Michigan
Class of 1975  
Member - Gurdon Wolfe  (201)Long time manufacturer, he popularized the low cost basic "house trailer". He practiced mass purchasing and built all of the furniture, running gear and accessories for his units. He was a major builder of government housing units during World War II.
 
August M.  BockDeceased
Bock Industries
Indiana
Class of 1976  
Member - August M.  Bock (184)Pioneer in the design and manufacture of frames and hitches. He held numerous offices in many state and national associations.
 
Franklyn McDonaldDeceased
Franklin Homes
Michigan
Class of 1976  
Member - Franklyn McDonald (185)RV and MH dealer and park developer in many states. He was instrumental in the creation of over 5,000 mobile home sites in Michigan, Florida, Arizona, and California.
 
William S.  Olson Deceased
Florida MH and RV Association
Florida
Class of 1976  
Member - William S.  Olson  (186)Early staff member and lobbyist for MHMA, became Executive Director of Florida MH Association in 1956 and served for 25 years
 
Earl E.  RaymondDeceased
Raymond Products Co.
Michigan
Class of 1976  
Member - Earl E.  Raymond (187)Founding member of MHMA and President in 1941. He was the direct link between the MH industry and the U.S. war effort in providing entire communities to house defense workers during WWII.
 
Eugene L.  VeselyDeceased
Apache Trailers
Michigan
Class of 1976  
Member - Eugene L.  Vesely (188)Active RVIA board member and responsible for many advances in the design and promotion of folding camp trailers during the 1950s and 60s.
 
Clifford Wilmath Deceased
Mobile Home and Trailer News
Florida
Class of 1976  
Member - Clifford Wilmath  (190)Founder of the first weekly newspapers especially for residents of mobile homes. Instrumental in the founding of the Florida, Texas, and Arizona MH Associations. Long time editorial champion of industry causes.
 
E.C.  Allen Deceased
Mobile Home Industries
Florida
Class of 1978  
Member - E.C.  Allen  (166)SEMHI board member, MHMA Board member and Land Development Committee Chairman, MHI Board member, manufacturer, finance executive, operated 96 sales locations in 11 states.
 
Theodore Bargman Deceased
The Bargman Co
Michigan
Class of 1978  
Member - Theodore Bargman  (168)Pioneer trailer parts supplier, developed door locks, water pumps, AC/DC light systems, grounded “pigtail” electrical plugs, and the tow vehicle to trailer electric connection which standardized the industry. Instrumental in the establishment of industry wide standards.
 
Carter H. Curtis Deceased
Red Run Park Mobile Homes
Michigan
Class of 1978  
Member - Carter H. Curtis  (170)Long time active member and three time President of Michigan MH and RVCA, he is a life long proponent and lobbyist on manufactured housing matters
 
John DownsDeceased
Dealer, Michigan MHA
Michigan
Class of 1978  
Member - John Downs (171)24 year industry retailer, park operator, and activist.
 
Ray  FrankDeceased
Frank Industries, Dodge/Travco
Michigan
Class of 1978  
Member - Ray  Frank (172)Pioneer motorhome manufacturer and innovator, developed the molded fiberglass body, coined the title “Motor Home” for his production housecars.
 
Peter P.  Froehde Deceased
TDNA
Indiana
Class of 1978  
Member - Peter P.  Froehde  (173)Pioneer retailer, founding Board Member and Past President of TDNA, instrumental in enacting legislation to remove federal excise tax from mobile homes.
 
Martin Goodyear Deceased
Goodyear Mobile Home Corp
Indiana
Class of 1978  
Member - Martin Goodyear  (174)Long term mobile home retailer, Indiana MHA Board Member and 2 term Past President, MDNA officer, MDNA National Man of the Year, one of the founders of the Midwest MH Federation that produces the Louisville Show.
 
William  Hagood
Tri City Mobile Homes
Ohio
Class of 1978  
Member - William  Hagood (175)Board Member and five term Past President of Ohio MHA, and Past Chairman of MDNA, one of the founders of the National Manufactured Housing Federation.
 
Richard  Klingler
Holiday Rambler
Indiana
Class of 1978  
Member - Richard  Klingler  (176)RVIA Board Chairman and Standards Committee Chairman, developed aluminum frame technology in trailers and motorhomes, originated flat roof design (eliminating domed “coach roof”) and the convertible dinette-bed.
 
John  ManleyDeceased
SEMHI
Georgia
Class of 1978  
Member - John  Manley (177)Executive Director of Georgia MHA where membership grew 10 fold under his leadership and many manufacturers were attracted to the state, he then organized and became chief executive of SEMHI where his lobbying efforts served 9 southeastern states.
 
George  Miles Deceased
Vagabond Coach Mfg. Co.
Michigan
Class of 1978  
Member - George  Miles  (178)Pioneer manufacturer, long time board member and Past President of MHMA and Chairman of its War Activities Committee during WWII, one of the originators of the Craftsmen’s Guild and the Gold Seal program, Founder and Chairman of the Park Development Corporation to finance MH parks.
 
Howard  MonsonDeceased
Monson's Inc.
Michigan
Class of 1978  
Member - Howard  Monson (179)Early RV manufacturer and dealer, long time Board member and twice Past President of Michigan MHA, founder and producer of the Detroit RV show
 
M.E.  Raker Deceased
Peerless Trailers
Indiana
Class of 1978  
Member - M.E.  Raker  (180)Pioneer manufacturer, active in TCMA and MHMA, one of the founders of the Gold Seal and Craftsmen’s Guild. Pioneered under-floor duct heating, retractable bay windows, and prefinished aluminum exteriors.
 
Mitchell ShulmanDeceased
Hawk Sales Co.
New York
Class of 1978  
Member - Mitchell Shulman (181)One of the founders and long time Board Member and supporter of NY MHA, developed 32 retail centers and 5 communities.
 
M.B.  St. John Deceased
Atwood Mobile Products
Illinois
Class of 1978  
Member - M.B.  St. John  (182)Pioneer supplier, TDNA and TCMA Charter Board Member, one of the founders of TDNA service schools, invented the first common trailer coupler, and first leveling jacks.
 
R.A.  Woodall Deceased
Woodall's Publications
Illinois
Class of 1978  
Member - R.A.  Woodall  (183)Developed the first magazine for trailer travelers and the first campground directory. Established a workable campground rating system, and a MH park system credited as a major force in park improvements.
 
Ralph G.  Barding Deceased
Barding Mobile Home Sales
Illinois
Class of 1979  
Member - Ralph G.  Barding  (159)Charter member of Illinois MHA, an operator of 35 mobilehome sales centers, he was instrumental in getting highway approval for 12 wide movement in Illinois and was a leader in getting local banks and finance institutions to finance manufactured homes.
 
Gene L.  Keener
Ohio MHA
Ohio
Class of 1979  
Member - Gene L.  Keener  (160)Originated a state wide mobile home show, successfully lobbied the 14 wide movement law through Ohio legislature becoming the first state east of Mississippi to allow 14 wide movement, developed a model mobile home park tenant-landlord law.
 
James E.  Lavasque Deceased
Oakwood Homes
North Carolina
Class of 1979  
Member - James E.  Lavasque  (161)Active member and Past President of North Carolina MHI, South Carolina MHI, and SEMHI, MHI Board member, worked with University of North Carolina school of interior design or mobile home design concepts. Conceived and developed land-home sub divisions.
 
S.H.  LeggittDeceased
S.H. Leggitt Co.
Texas
Class of 1979  
Member - S.H.  Leggitt (162)Pioneer developer of LP gas appliances and fixtures for the trailer coach industry. Developed hitch mounted gas tank rack and regulator system. First supplier member of both MHMA and RVI. Developed first wide spread fender mount mirrors for tow cars.
 
Herbert M.  Reeves, Jr. Deceased
MI Private Campground
Michigan
Class of 1979  
Member - Herbert M.  Reeves, Jr.  (163)Founder and first Executive Director of Michigan Private Campground Owners Association, Executive Director of Craftsmen’s Guild, Charter Board Member of RVI, TDNA service school staff, first chairman of Indiana MHI RV division, Chairman first national RV Show. Career as Retailer, Supplier, Manufacturer, Campground operator and Association Executive
 
Grayson  Schwepfinger Deceased
Salesmaker Associates
Pennsylvania
Class of 1979  
Member - Grayson  Schwepfinger  (164)Past President PMHA, one of the founders and first President of WDA, first Chairman of Northeast MHA, Past President of the Hardison Institute, long time manufactured home and RV sales trainer.
 
Edward  Shrum Deceased
Shrum's Home Sweet Homes
Indiana
Class of 1979  
Member - Edward  Shrum  (165)Pioneer retailer and park operator, Indiana MHA President in 1947 and 1951, early land–home subdivision developer, active TDNA member, life-long promoter of the manufactured home industry.
 
Sydney Adler
Design Communities, Inc
Florida
Class of 1980  
Member - Sydney Adler  (148)Pioneer developer of land-home communities beginning in 1954, developed over 12,000 homesites in communities in 6 states. Lecturer and consultant at planning groups and universities as well as to governmental bodies on both state and national levels.
 
Gerald  Brookins Deceased
Trailer Mart, Columbia Park
Ohio
Class of 1980  
Member - Gerald  Brookins  (149)Pioneer community developer who included underground utilities including natural gas and on site shopping in his communities in the early 1950’s. Designed and manufactured the first all electric manufactured home. Long time activist for industry legislation in Ohio.
 
Lisa Drake  ConnerDeceased
MHMA, Intertherm
Missouri
Class of 1980  
Member - Lisa Drake  Conner (150)Long time spokesperson for industry affairs both with several industry companies and representing MHMA/MHI with media events and legislative bodies. Through her efforts, in and out of the industry, many stereotypes of industry products were erased and acceptance was greatly enhanced.
 
C.W. Hoffman Deceased
Hoffman Homes
New Jersey
Class of 1980  
Member - C.W. Hoffman  (151)Through his efforts as President of the N.J. Trailer Park Owners Association, the park owners and retailers were combined forming the NJMHA. He also brought the N.J. RV retailers into the Association and promulgated the state health code for MH parks which became a national model.
 
Arthur D.  JenkinsDeceased
Jenkins Publishing Co.
Illinois
Class of 1980  
Member - Arthur D.  Jenkins (152)He designed and produced nearly 100 different forms for use in the RV and MH business. As an attorney, he published a periodic business letter which alerted industry companies to appropriate action regarding laws and regulations.
 
Melvin M.  Neal Deceased
Kinro Inc.
Texas
Class of 1980  
Member - Melvin M.  Neal  (153)A charter member of SEMHI, he served as Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the SEMHI board. An active member of the MHI Supplier Board, he was instrumental in developing certification codes for window performance.
 
Richard  RobbDeceased
Trailer Topics Publishing Co
Illinois
Class of 1980  
Member - Richard  Robb (154)He instituted consumer surveys of the RV and MH industries and provided positive information to the buying public about the industry and its products. One of the founders and first Chairman of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in encouraging major oil company service stations and highway rest areas to provide sanitary dumping facilities for RVs.
 
Herbert L.  SmithDeceased
Smith Mobile Homes
New Jersey
Class of 1980  
Member - Herbert L.  Smith (155)President of the New Jersey Trailer Dealers Association and the MDNA, he was an active member of the MDNA service schools staff. He was an early proponent of RV safety standards.
 
Paul  StinerDeceased
Fireside Mobile Homes
Indiana
Class of 1980  
Member - Paul  Stiner (157)One of the organizers of the National Manufactured Housing Federation including two years as its first President. He served two terms on the HUD Manufactured Home Advisory Council and represented the MH industry on the Building Codes and Standards Committee of the National Conference of States. Two term president of Indiana MHA.
 
Glenna  Tollett
Bella B Mobile Home Park
Washington
Class of 1980  
Member - Glenna  Tollett  (156)She is the developer/operator of three MH communities and served as Executive Director of the Washington Mobile Home Park Owners Association. She served as Chairman of the Washington Governor's RV and MH Advisory Board and the National Fire Protection Association committee on MH safety. A charter member and four year secretary of the Mobile Home Owners of America.
 
Harold G.  WaldenDeceased
Maryland MHA
Maryland
Class of 1980  
Member - Harold G.  Walden (158)Founder of the Maryland MHA, he served six different terms as association President. Having been a manufacturer and retailer, he worked tirelessly for legislation on standards and tax relief for the dealers and park operators in Maryland.
 
J. Brown  Hardison Deceased
Trailer Dealer Magazine
Illinois
Class of 1981  
Member - J. Brown  Hardison  (143)A pioneering publisher of industry trade magazines, he established the first national market survey and the first statistical production figures and shipment data. He was one of the founders and the first Chairman of the Board of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. He created trade magazines for the housing, RV, aftermarket, and park development industries.
 
James A.  Hutchinson
Brigadier Industries
Georgia
Class of 1981  
Member - James A.  Hutchinson (144)Chairman of the Board of MHMA and Georgia MHA, Board member of SEMHI, he served as Chief Executive of five manufacturing companies. A 30 year industry leader, he was a strong supporter of industry associations and worked constantly for improvement in industry acceptance.
 
Ruth C. Kaseman Deceased
Arizona Mobile Citizen
Arizona
Class of 1981  
Member - Ruth C. Kaseman  (145)An industry leader since 1944, she was a founder of the Arizona Mobile Home Owner Association, Executive Director of the Arizona Mobile Home Association, one of the founders of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. She formed the first travel trailer club in Arizona, (Arizona Roadrunners). She was a vital force in the development of mobile home living and park standards.
 
William W.  WeideDeceased
Fleetwood Enterprises
California
Class of 1981  
Member - William W.  Weide (146)The founding Chairman of the MHMA Legislative Committee, Founding Chairman of the SEMHI Legislative Committee, active member of ANSI enforcement programs, Chairman of MHMA, Chairman of MHI, active member of the committee to merge TCA, MHMI, and SEMHI to form MHI. A leader in the promotion of 14' wide home movement legislation. President of Fleetwood Industries.
 
Floyd E.  Younkin Deceased
Greenlawn Trailer Sales
Ohio
Class of 1981  
Member - Floyd E.  Younkin  (147)A 30 year member and Past President of Ohio MHA, pioneer post war community developer, one of the first to build communities with paved streets, gutters and street lighting, his communities were among the first to include large common areas and park lawns. Built an indoor MH showroom at his community and was one of the first to retail 10' wide homes.
 
George  AlexanderDeceased
U.S. Veteran's Administration
Virgina
Class of 1982  
Member - George  Alexander (137)Led the development of VA mortgages for manufactured homes offering up to 30 year terms, unlimited loan maximums, home/land packages. He supervised the issuance of over 50,000 G.I. loans for manufactured homes. He was the founding president of SEMHI and 3 year chairman of the SEMHI show.
 
Robert L.  Berner
Citicorp
Connecticut
Class of 1982  
Member -  Robert L.   Berner  (138)A 20-year member of MHI, RVIA, and the Manufactured Housing Federation, he served as Finance Committee Chairman of both RVIA and MHI and served as the Chairman of the MHI Suppliers Board of Governors. He was one of the originators of land-home finance plans. For over 15 years, he was a featured speaker at industry activities.
 
Sheldon Coleman
Coleman Co.
Kansas
Class of 1982  
Member - Sheldon Coleman  (139)An industry pioneer beginning in the 1920's, he developed many appliances for RV and Manufactured Home lighting, heating/air conditioning, and cooking. He developed the downflow furnace that introduced forced air heating to Mobile Homes and RV's and replaced convection heaters as the industry standard. He was a charter member of many state and national associations.
 
Carlton M.  Edwards Deceased
Michigan State University
Michigan
Class of 1982  
Member - Carlton M.  Edwards  (140)A manufactured home retailer, he was the developer and Director of the Mobile Homes Education Program (degrees through Ph.D.) at Michigan State University in the 1950’s and 60’s. Professor Edwards is the author of RV and manufactured home research studies published in magazines worldwide. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on zoning issues and a recognized historian of the RV and manufactured home industries
 
Ralph H.  Miller Deceased
Morgan Drive Away
Indiana
Class of 1982  
Member - Ralph H.  Miller  (141)A pioneer in the highway movement of manufactured homes, he developed the short wheelbase towing units that kept overall length to legal limits as homes grew in size. He was a persistent lobbyist to get unrestricted movement of manufactured homes on state highways through out the country. An active member of the suppliers Board of Governors of MHI he served on many committees.
 
Robert G.  Pelkey Deceased
Michigan MHA
Michigan
Class of 1982  
Member - Robert G.  Pelkey  (142)As a home manufacturer, supplier, RV manufacturer, retailer, land developer and association executive, his service has been felt by all sections of the industry. He was an active member and officer of state and national associations for over 30 years. His service as a trade show administrator and industry spokesman has left a lasting impression on industry and consumer alike.
 
Robert C.  CristDeceased
Robert Crist Co
Illinois
Class of 1983  
Member - Robert C.  Crist (130)Pioneer retailer, supplier, parts distributor to the industry. Charter member of TDNA, introduced electric trailer brakes, LP gas, extension mirrors, fire extinguishers, hot and cold water systems, and low voltage generators, he privately financed his own retail sales.
 
Kenneth W.  Dixon Deceased
Traveleze
California
Class of 1983  
Member - Kenneth W.  Dixon  (131)Pioneer manufacturer since 1931, one of the founders, charter member, and director of TCA, first manufacturer to offer gas refrigeration in trailers, built the first chassis mount truck units, built motorcycle trailers in the 1940’s.
 
John K.  Hanson Deceased
Winnebago Industries
Iowa
Class of 1983  
Member - John K.  Hanson  (129)Led the movement to popularize of motorhomes as American RV’s, served MHMA as Standards Committee Chairman, and Chairman of the Board of Governors -Travel Trailer Division, one of the authors of the industry code of ethics, charter member of RVI
 
James E. KirchnerDeceased
Diamond Jim's Warehouse
Ohio
Class of 1983  
Member - James E. Kirchner (132)One of the founders and past president of WDA, served as a member of the Ohio Governor's Commission on mobile homes and RV's, long time Board Member of Ohio MHA, also served Great Lakes RVA, Indiana MHA, Pennsylvania MHA, and the National Campground Association.
 
James M.  PhippsDeceased
Silver Star Mobile Homes
Florida
Class of 1983  
Member - James M.  Phipps (133)One of the key leaders in building the Manufactured Housing business in Florida, two term state association President, 12 years as Florida Show chairman, Florida MH Federation Representative and past Chairman of the National MH Federation, active in the development of national HUD standards for manufactured housing
 
Richard E.  Riebel
Foremost Insurance
Michigan
Class of 1983  
Member - Richard E.  Riebel  (134)Developed many insurance programs to protect lenders, dealers, and consumers in the RV and MH industry. He was a leader in providing capital for the development of MH Communities, he commissioned damage research studies to determine the effects of wind and flooding on homes and communities.
 
Vernon R.  Sailor Deceased
Sailor Door
Indiana
Class of 1983  
Member - Vernon R.  Sailor  (135)He was the first supplier to sell aluminum screen doors to the manufactured housing and RV industry, developed the first metal house doors, developed the combination house and screen door, active on many state and national association boards, he served 3 terms as chairman of the national suppliers show.
 
M.W. "Bill"  Deitch
Lasalle-Deitch
Indiana
Class of 1984  
Member - M.W. MHI Board member, Suppliers Board of Governors Chairman, Board Secretary, Chairman of the National Supplier Show, long time RVI-RVIA member, introduced vinyl floor covering to the RV Industry, developed special width carpeting for RV and MH manufacturers.
 
Warren W.  Huddleston Deceased
Country Side Mobile Homes
Illinois
Class of 1984  
Member - Warren W.  Huddleston  (116)35 year member and Past Chairman of Illinois MHA, National Federation Representative, Midwest Federation representative, long time treasurer of Louisville MH Show, Chairman of Redman Homes Dealer Roundtable, pioneered land-home packages in Illinois.
 
Terrell J.  Reese Deceased
Reese Industries
Indiana
Class of 1984  
Member - Terrell J.  Reese  (117)Developed Reese stabilizing jack, Reese weight distributing hitch, automatic sway control, and many other accessories which added greatly to the ease and safety of trailer movement. He was an active member of MHMA, RVIA, WDA, RVDA, Michigan MHA, Indiana MHA.
 
John C.  Crean Deceased
Fleetwood Entenprises
California
Class of 1985  
Member - John C.  Crean  (111)Innovator, inventor, hands on executive, he encouraged his top officers to “ get involved when and where you are needed” leading to his employees serving as chairmen of TCA, WMHI, MHI, SEMHI, RVIA and numerous other national and regional association board positions.
 
Fred  Haile Deceased
Magic Chef RV Products
Indiana
Class of 1985  
Member - Fred  Haile  (112)MHMA/MHI Board of Governors, MDNA Board of Governors, Chairman of MHMA Suppliers Service Schools, President of Indiana MHA, appointed as RV industry representative to Trade Mission to open Brazil to import of U.S. RV's.
 
John  Sillick Deceased
Chevrolet Motor Div. GMC
Michigan
Class of 1985  
Member - John  Sillick  (113)Served as Chairman of the committee to merge RVA and RVIA and create one national RV Association, Chaired the national RV show twice, served as Vice President of RVEA and RVI. Developed bailment pool agreements with over 200 RV manufacturers.
 
Doris  Woodward
RLD Publishing
California
Class of 1985  
Member - Doris  Woodward  (114)Editor of Trailer Life Magazine when it was the house organ for TCA in the 40’s and 50’s, western representative for Trailer Dealer Magazine, Northwest Trailer News, and Jenkins Publishing Co. Regular columnist in several publications on RV and MH issues, a consumer advocate on MH issues for over 30 years.
 
Holton  Blomgren Deceased
National MH Federation
Washington, D.C.
Class of 1986  
Member - Holton  Blomgren  (108)Executive V.P. of Indiana MHI, one of the founders and first President of the National Manufactured Housing Federation, he drafted the first anti-discriminatory zoning legislation for the industry, and was active in the securing of finance points for MH loans.
 
George B.  Kaufman Deceased
Kaufman Mobile Home Supplies
Georgia
Class of 1986  
Member - George B.  Kaufman  (109)A charter member of the SEMHI Board of Directors, charter member of WDA, long time board member of Georgia MHA, he developed the concept of a “mobile country store” of aftermarket supplies which visited MH dealers throughout the southeastern states.
 
Art  Rouse Deceased
TL Enterprises, Good Sam Club
California
Class of 1986  
Member - Art  Rouse  (110)He developed the Good Sam Club into the world’s largest association of RV owners, developed the first nationwide directory of RV disposal stations, developed the Trailer Life Campground Directory to rate campground services in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 25 year member of TCA, one of the founders of the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
 
Wallace J.  Conner Deceased
Conner Homes
North Carolina
Class of 1987  
Member - Wallace J.  Conner  (105)A park operator, retailer, manufacturer and lender, he built one of the first vertically integrated companies in the MH industry, he served as first president of North Carolina MHI, Chairman of MHI, and board member of SEMHI. He built the first UL approved manufactured home.
 
Thomas H.  Fagan Deceased
H. Werner Buck Enterprises
California
Class of 1987  
Member - Thomas H.  Fagan  (106)President of TCA, Chairman of the Supplier Division of TCMA, President of MHMA, Charter Board Member of Wisconsin MHA, active on national show committees for TCA and MHMA, he represented KIT Manufacturing as Sales Manager and Board Member.
 
John  Serro Deceased
Serro Scotty
Pennsylvania
Class of 1987  
Member - John  Serro  (107)A pioneer travel trailer manufacturer, he developed his company building small 10-13 foot long garagable units, he served on the RVIA Board and the Pennsylvania RVCA board. He was the first manufacturer to develop a campground exclusively for owners of his brand of trailers.
 
Glenn  Brown Deceased
BPC
Indiana
Class of 1988  
Member - Glenn  Brown  (101)A pioneer in the introduction of plastic plumbing and synthetic fixtures into the manufactured housing industry, developed “grabber” plastic pipe fittings, water-tight sewer fittings, led the fight to have US plumbing components approved for Canadian homes. He was active in both state and national associations.
 
Robert A.  DeRose Deceased
DeRose Homes
Indiana
Class of 1988  
Member - Robert A.  DeRose  (102)A 40 year member of MHMA-MHI, he is a Past Chairman and served several terms as Treasurer. He was the first manufacturer to install a complete "house style" bathroom in manufactured homes in 1949. He also pioneered forced air heating and prefinished metal siding in the manufactured housing industry.
 
Roland  Schmidt Deceased
Rex Noreco Corporation
Florida
Class of 1988  
Member - Roland  Schmidt  (103)Built his retail sales operation into 35 locations in 5 states, founder and President of the General Capital Investment Co. which exclusively financed MH dealers and community operators. He designed and wrote the first insurance policy to protect lenders against repossession losses.
 
Joseph S.  Thompson Deceased
J & S Consulting Service
Florida
Class of 1988  
Member - Joseph S.  Thompson  (104)Past president of MDNA, he helped to establish the MDNA service schools, helped to create simple interest loans to MH dealers. He was a long time industry activist as a retailer, park developer, consultant, and appraiser.
 
Norm  Jacobson
Contempo Campers, Inc.
California
Class of 1989  
Member - Norm  Jacobson (98)Board member of PCCA (truck campers), RVI, and TCA, one of the founders of RVIA from the RV division of TCA and RVI which served the eastern part of the U.S., as Chairman in 1983-84 he brought the van conversion industry into RVIA
 
Joe J.  Morris
Champion Enterrprises
Michigan
Class of 1989  
Member - Joe J.  Morris (99)Past Board Member and Chairman of MHI, charter member of the National Manufactured Housing Advisory Council under the department of HUD, pioneered the use of gypsum board in manufactured housing, worked with the National League of Cities to get mayors and municipal leaders to accept factory built homes.
 
Paul F.  Tweedy Deceased
Tweedy's Trailer Sales
Arkansas
Class of 1989  
Member - Paul F.  Tweedy  (97)A pioneer retailer in the RV/MH industry since 1946, he is a charter member of the Arkansas MHA, charter member and Past President of WDA and is the author of the original WDA by-laws, he built the first MH community in Arkansas with individual water, electric, and sewer hookups.
 
Thomas H.  Corson
Coachmen Industries
Indiana
Class of 1990  
Member - Thomas H.  Corson  (92)Founder of Coachmen Industries, he is a 30 year member of RVI - RVIA served on the RVIA Board of Directors as chairman of PR Committee, Awards Committee, and Legislative Affairs committee. IMHA Board member
 
Duite  Fisher Deceased
Fisher Travel Trailers
Indiana
Class of 1990  
Member - Duite  Fisher  (93)Pioneer RV retailer since 1943, Chairman of the first Elkhart show in 1955, organized IMHA RV division, organized first dealer RV show in Indianapolis, involved in the early formation of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation which now sponsors the Louisville MH Show.
 
Eugene M.  Sullivan Deceased
Rogers Mobile Home Park
Florida
Class of 1990  
Member - Eugene M.  Sullivan  (94)Developer of MH Parks in Illinois and Florida, President of Illinois MHA, President of MDNA, represented MHMA in highway commision meetings resulting in the issuing of oversize permits for homes, first to obtain SBA loan to develop MH Park - Palm Terrace, Sarasota.
 
Samuel V.  Weidner
Patriot Homes
Indiana
Class of 1990  
Member - Samuel V.  Weidner  (95) Past President of Indiana MHA, Past Chairman of MHI, pioneer of removable frame modular homes, one of the first manufacturers to begin exclusive use of textured ceiling materials, one of the leaders of the merger of MHI and the MH Federation which combined all parts of the MH industry into one association.
 
John A.  Boll
Chateau Properties
Michigan
Class of 1991  
Member - John A.  Boll  (86)He was instrumental in the formation of, and four year chairman of the Michigan Mobile Home Commission, first to develop a 5 star community in Michigan, first community with on site child care, he helped develop the nations first licensing program for MH installation and repair personnel.
 
Stewart GardnerDeceased
Stewart Coach
Indiana
Class of 1991  
Member - Stewart Gardner (315)An active MHMA member, he began his career in the 1930s and was a life long innovator for the manufactured housing industry. He pioneered all steel structure in homes, electrical wiring in rigid and flexible conduit, and two story units among many others. He was a delegate for the industry to Washington hearings regarding the allowing of oversize unit transportation.
 
Burr  Gray Deceased
Gray's Mobile Home Sales
Michigan
Class of 1991  
Member - Burr  Gray  (87)A true industry pioneer retailer, Past President of national MHDA, Past President of Michigan MHA, he developed 13 sales centers in Michigan and 9 in Tennessee. He was instrumental in developing and securing the FHA finance program for manufactured housing.
 
James  Redman Deceased
Redman Homes
Texas
Class of 1991  
Member - James  Redman  (88)Manufacturer since 1945, Chairman of MHMA 1962-1963, first to install water heater and forced air furnace in manufactured homes, first in-house training schools for retailers, first to offer a buyer protection plan.
 
Louis J.  Rothbauer Deceased
Conroth, Louroth
Indiana
Class of 1991  
Member - Louis J.  Rothbauer  (89)A 50 year member of TCMA-MHMA, a Charter member RVI, he helped develop the first MHMA-RVI Suppliers Show, a pioneer warehouse distributor and manufacturers representative, he developed and published one of the first catalogs of stampings and extrusions.
 
Raymond E.  Siegrist Deceased
Siegrist Chevrolet
Michigan
Class of 1991  
Member - Raymond E.  Siegrist  (90)Instrumental in the reorganization of the Michigan Association of RV’s and Campgrounds to include all parts of the RV industry, founding board member of MARVAC PAC, two terms as association chairman, 24 years on show committees, active leader of legislative efforts for RV industry.
 
Jack B.  Tuff Deceased
Tops Mobile Homes
Indiana
Class of 1991  
Member - Jack B.  Tuff  (91)Twenty four year state association and chapter board member, national federation representative, active on MH and RV show committees, represented manufactured housing industry on State Building Commission.
 
James L.  Clayton
Clayton Homes
Tennessee
Class of 1992  
Member - James L.  Clayton  (81)Founder and Chairman of Clayton Homes since 1966 and by 1968 was selling 750 homes per year from one location, in 1970 he began manufacturing. Active in the Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky MH associations, and MHI as Board member and Executive Committee member.
 
Joseph N.  Ellis
Lasalle-Deitch
Indiana
Class of 1992  
Member - Joseph N.  Ellis  (82)For over 30 years an active advocate for MH and RV causes at the state and national levels. Strong proponent for revision of state and federal regulations to reflect modern materials and standards. Served on MHI Supplier and Legislative committees.
 
Gaylord  Jones Deceased
Monarch Industries
Indiana
Class of 1992  
Member - Gaylord  Jones  (83)Housing manufacturer since 1958, Built first 24’ double wide homes, designed first bay windows in manufactured homes, served on show committees for 15 years, Officer of IMHA and MHMA.
 
M.D.  McNamee
Kamp King, McNamee Coach
California
Class of 1992  
Member - M.D.  McNamee  (84)Pioneer truck camper manufacturer, President of Portable Camp Coach Association, Developed and introduced foam sandwich panels to RV manufacturing, developed jacks to ease loading and removing of truck campers.
 
William J.  Meyer Deceased
Bud's Mobile Homes
Mississippi
Class of 1992  
Member - William J.  Meyer  (85)Founder of Mississippi MHA, served over 30 years as a board member and officer including two terms as President of MMHA; as South Central MHI Show Chairman he helped conceive and start the Nashville show, multiple term Board member of SEMHI.
 
Marlyn C.  Andre Deceased
Trade Names, Inc.
Indiana
Class of 1993  
Member - Marlyn C.  Andre  (74)Installed the first U.L. approved forced air furnace in mobile homes, Active member of TDNA-MDNA, TCMA, MHMA, RVI and RVIA; served 10 years on the faculty of MDNA service schools. Led the effort to get RV parking sites and dump stations on the Indiana toll road.
 
Billy T.  Everett
Kevco
Texas
Class of 1993  
Member - Billy T.  Everett  (75)Past President of WDA, Active in RVIA, Texas RVA, Texas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and California MHA. Holds the patent on the LP gas regulator for RVs.
 
Jerry E.  Kimmel Deceased
Kevco
Texas
Class of 1993  
Member - Jerry E.  Kimmel  (76)Past Chairman of the MHI Suppliers show, 2 term Chairman MHI Board of Governors, active with RVIA, Texas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and California MHA, co-designer of flexible hand held shower for Housing and RV's.
 
William J.  Novak Deceased
Char-El Homes, Gallatin Homes
Montana
Class of 1993  
Member - William J.  Novak  (77)First President of Montana MHA, pioneer retailer of 10' wide homes, instrumental in the opening of Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota to over-width home movement. Leader of the effort to get natural gas service to mobile home parks. Founder of Gallatin Homes.
 
Herbert E.  Tieder Deceased
Manufactured Housing Merchandiser
Illinois
Class of 1993  
Member - Herbert E.  Tieder  (79)Long time activist for the manufactured housing industry and it's state and national associations. He is often referred to as the "conscience of the manufactured housing industry." He served over 20 years on MHI marketing and PR committees. One of the original founders of the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
 
J.T.  Williams
Azalea Homes
North Carolina
Class of 1993  
Member - J.T.  Williams  (80)One of the founders of North Carolina MHI, 2 terms as President, 25 years as a Board member. As an operator of 5 retail centers he was one of the leaders in the development of regional and state MH shows, developed a pier design to meet FEMA standards for MH setup in flood plain areas.
 
Lloyd J.  Bontrager Deceased
Jayco
Indiana
Class of 1994  
Member - Lloyd J.  Bontrager  (71)Founder of Jayco, he was a leader in the development of strict manufacturing standards for the RV industry. He served on the boards and Standards Committees of both state and national associations. He invented and patented a tent trailer crank-up lift system.
 
Rollan  Jones Deceased
R-Anell Homes
North Carolina
Class of 1994  
Member - Rollan  Jones  (72)Founder of R-Anell Homes, he introduced residential siding, drywall ceilings and other construction related items including work on the development of early livable doublewide homes. A long time NCMHI Member, he served two terms as President. He also served 15 years on the MHI Board of Directors.
 
L. Richard  Nixon Deceased
Jensen's Inc.
South Carolina
Class of 1994  
Member - L. Richard  Nixon  (73)He was a 20 year member of the New England MHA Board of Governors, and served on boards of New Jersey, Maryland, Northeast, South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina MH associations. He planned, constructed and operated over 30 manufactured housing communities in seven states, and was a pioneer in the development of adult-only parks.
 
Joseph A.  Conforti Deceased
Long Island Trailer Sales
New York
Class of 1995  
Member - Joseph A.  Conforti  (65)Founder and first President of the Long Island MH Association and 1963 President of New York MH Dealers Association. He was able to get state sales tax removed from the sale of used homes and have them assessed as real property. Achieved a yearly permit system for movement of oversize loads on NY highways replacing individual permits for each move. Pioneering retailer of 10' and 12' wide homes
 
Edward J.  Hussey Deceased
Liberty Homes
Indiana
Class of 1995  
Member - Edward J.  Hussey  (66)MHMA Chairman 1965- 1967, MHI Chairman 1977-1979, one of the founders of MHARR, active in the support of trade and retail shows and public demonstrations nation wide. A tireless worker for professionalism and education in the industry.
 
John D.  McCarry Deceased
Shurflo
California
Class of 1995  
Member - John D.  McCarry  (67)Conceived and developed the roller type “on demand” RV water pump which changed the industry standard from diaphragm and impeller type pumps. A leader in the customer service and product quality orientation. A strong supporter of industry associations.
 
Larry  Ryan
Park Lawn Estates
Wisconsin
Class of 1995  
Member - Larry  Ryan  (68)25 year board member of Wisconsin MHA serving 2 terms as President, 12 year Wisconsin representative to the national MH Federation. Built first community where homes were set sideways to streets with detached garages.
 
William B.  Symonds Deceased
Symonds Dutch Village
Illinois
Class of 1995  
Member - William B.  Symonds  (69)He is a 36 year active member of Illinois MHA and its Past President, a pioneer developer of Manufactured Housing rental communities, early retailer of 10’ and 12’ wide homes.
 
James P.  Yanan Deceased
J. Yanan & Associates
Indiana
Class of 1995  
Member - James P.  Yanan  (70)Developed a wide variety of national insurance services for MH and RV industry in physical damage, lenders protection, and inventory coverages, including the 10 year warranty program that allowed federal loan guarantees to MH and RV lenders. Active with many state and national associations.
 
Wilfred S.  Doyle, Jr.
Western RV
Washington
Class of 1996  
Member - Wilfred S.  Doyle, Jr.  (61)RV pioneer since 1966, Founded Western RV, pioneered lamination technology and aluminum structure technology, served 20 years on Washington State Governors Board for RV’s and Manufactured Homes, 18 years on RVIA Board of Directors. A strong voice for industry standards.
 
Marty  Faircloth, Jr. Deceased
Marty's Mobile Homes
Delaware
Class of 1996  
Member - Marty  Faircloth, Jr.  (62)MH Industry veteran since 1959, recognized as "Father" of the Delaware MHA,was the association's first President and holds continuous service on the Board of Directors for 35 years. The leading force for the industry in Delaware as both an MH and RV retailer.
 
Daniel  Fortney Deceased
Fortney Home Sales
Maryland
Class of 1996  
Member - Daniel  Fortney  (63)Founder of the Maryland MHI, organized the first “buyers group” in the northeast, served 25 years on state association Board of Directors, - 8 terms as President, sponsor and organizer of early shows and “open houses”.
 
Glenn F.  Kummer
Fleetwood Industries
California
Class of 1996  
Member - Glenn F.  Kummer  (64)Joined Fleetwood in 1965 and rose to become President, Chief Operating Officer and then Chairman, served on the Board of Directors of TCA, Western MHI, and MHI where he chaired the Land Use Committee, Government Relations Committee, and was Chairman of the Board.
 
Franklin A.  Newcomer Deceased
Franklin Coach, Fan, Monitor
Indiana
Class of 1996  
Member - Franklin A.  Newcomer  (51)Co-founder of Franklin Coach, founder of FAN Coach, and Monitor Coach. Served on Boards of MHMA, RVI, and The Gold Seal Guild. One of the early quality oriented pioneers of the industry.
 
ROBERT STRAWNDeceased
RVDA
Washington DC
Class of 1996  
Member - ROBERT STRAWN (251)An RV dealer since 1968, he was an officer in state, regional, and national associations before becoming RVDA Executive Vice President and then President. He led the growth of the association to over 1500 member dealers, developed education programs leading to RV technician certification, and formulated the dealer/manufacturer sales agreement. He established the RVDA Education Foundation to assist dealers in serving their customers, and was instrumental in establishing the coalition that created the 'Go RVing' campaign.
 
W.H.  White Deceased
United Sales Co.
Texas
Class of 1996  
Member - W.H.  White  (53)Developed prefabricated plumbing systems for mobile homes, one of the first to print a catalogue to the aftermarket industry. Key leader of the Texas RV Association for 30 years. Six time WDA Distributor of the Year, active member of TMHA and RVIA serving on show committees for over 10 years.
 
Allen  Yoder, Jr. Deceased
Jayco
Indiana
Class of 1996  
Member - Allen   Yoder, Jr.  (54)President of Jayco, RVIA Board of Directors 1985 -1996, Chairman 89 - 90; RV Executive of the Year in 1993. A leader in dealer relations, he was one of the first to open the Canadian and Australian markets to U.S. products.
 
Ermon  BeckDeceased
Beck Corp
Indiana
Class of 1997  
Member - Ermon   Beck (41)Acquired Hat Press Steel's "You Build It" frame operation in the early 1950's and, with his brother Roy, developed The Beck Corporation. For over 25 years they have been one of the leading producers of frames for the MH and RV industries. They pioneered the use of Jr. I-Beam in manufactured housing chassis, Cold Cambering, Flush Detachable A-frames, and dip tank coating process still in use industry wide.
 
Roy  Beck Deceased
Beck Corp.
Indiana
Class of 1997  
Member - Roy  Beck  (42)In 1952 joined his brother Ermon to develop The Beck Corporation, which became one of the leading producers of frames for the MH and RV industries. He pioneered the use of jr. I beam in manufactured housing chassis, cold cambering, flush detachable A-frames, and dip tank coating process still in use industry wide.
 
LeMoyne C.  BrownDeceased
Colorado MHA
Colorado
Class of 1997  
Member - LeMoyne C.  Brown (55)1954 - 1979 Housing retailer overseeing 44 facilities in 9 states. 1979 - 1996, Executive Director of Colorado MHA. Integrated the representation of Retail and Community portions of the industry. Achieved legislation allowing HUD homes in all residential areas of Colorado.
 
Robert F.  Childs
Childs Instant Homes
Pennsylvania
Class of 1997  
Member - Robert F.  Childs  (56)Housing retailer and community developer since 1947. Past Chairman of PMHA, Past Chairman of PRVCA, Past Chairman of National MH Federation, charter member of the MHI Board of Directors (first retailer on MHI Board)
 
Frank  Gotta Deceased
Attog Corp.
Massachusetts
Class of 1997  
Member - Frank  Gotta  (43)One of the original founders of the New England Manufactured Housing Association in 1946. First developer to assemble modular homes in Massachusetts beginning in 1969. Developer of affordable homes on urban lots for over 50 years. Received Lifetime Achievement Award from The Home Builders Association of greater Springfield in 1994.
 
Donald O.  Hipple
Skyview MH Ranch
Nebraska
Class of 1997  
Member - Donald O.  Hipple  (57)Community operator (2 parks) since 1949. Elected President of Nebraska Association in 1953 and has been an officer ever since,(45 years). Past President Holiday Travel Trailer Club, and Conestoga Camper Club.
 
David J.  Humphreys
RVIA
Virgina
Class of 1997  
Member - David J.  Humphreys  (44)President of RVIA since 1979, Chairman of American Recreation Coalition, and Travel Industry Association of America. Has led the growth of RVIA into a strong representative for RV manufacturers and suppliers nation wide.
 
Ted G.  Kaplan
Stag-Parkway
Georgia
Class of 1997  
Member - Ted G.  Kaplan  (45)31 year industry veteran as founder, President, and now Chairman of Stag-Parkway. President of Southeastern RVI 1971-73, Chairman of WDA which he helped found,1973-1975. Longtime champion of the RV lifestyle.
 
Philip G.  Lux Deceased
Coachmen Ind.
Indiana
Class of 1997  
Member - Philip G.  Lux  (46)Founded Lux Co. in 1964. Pioneered the development of roll up RV awnings. 20 year active member of state and national associations. Merged with Coachmen Industries in 1974 and became President and COO of Coachmen in 1985.
 
Gaylord N.  Maxwell Deceased
Trailer Life Publications
California
Class of 1997  
Member - Gaylord N.  Maxwell  (58)Charter member & first president of California RVDA, RV Dealer 59 - 78, writer for TL publications - 25 years, Developer of “Life on Wheels” consumer education program. Author of books and videos on RVing. Life time promoter of RVing lifestyle.
 
I.B. (Irv) Perch Deceased
Aristocrat
California
Class of 1997  
Member - I.B. (Irv) Perch  (59)Pioneer RV manufacturer since 1956. Founder of Aristocrat Travel Trailers, American Clipper motorhomes, and Fold n Roll. Invented the fold away "gaucho" bed, RV "potty drawer," and "lo-liner" garagable travel trailers.
 
Dan  PocapaliaDeceased
Kit Mfg.
California
Class of 1997  
Member - Dan  Pocapalia (48)Founder of Kit Manufacturing and introduced the KIT Tear Drop trailer in 1945. Active member of TCA before the origination of RVIA and MHI. Nationally recognized pioneer of both the RV and MH industries. At 82 is still the active leader of his company.
 
Dean L.  Replogle Deceased
Kevco
Indiana
Class of 1997  
Member - Dean L.  Replogle  (60)Lifetime activist for manufactured housing affairs. Charter member of the MHI Board of Directors, became Chairman of the Board of Governors, Chairman of the Louisville MH Show, board member of Indiana MHA, Texas MHA, and Kansas MHA.
 
Elden E.  Smith
Fleetwood Enterprises
California
Class of 1997  
Member - Elden E.  Smith  (50)Fleetwood Industries V.P. for RV's from 1971 - 1997, TCA and RVIA Board of Governors 1971 - 1996. Recipient of RVIA Distinguished Achievement Award. Under his leadership, Fleetwood sold over 1 million RV's and grew to become the #1 RV manufacturer in the nation.
 
Nicholas J.  St. George Deceased
Oakwood Homes
N. Carolina
Class of 1997  
Member - Nicholas J.  St. George  (49)President and CEO of Oakwood Homes, Past Chairman of MHI (89-90), Financial World CEO of the Year 1985, National Manufactured Housing Congress man of the year 1995. Has built Oakwood into one of the nation’s leading home manufacturers.
 
Derrick  Crandall
American Recreation Coalition (ARC)
Washington D.C.
Class of 1998  
Member - Derrick  Crandall (1)President and CEO of American Recreation Coalition since 1981, Member of President's Commission on Americans Outdoors 85-87, Executive V.P. of the Recreation Roundtable (a group of CEO's of major recreation related companies), and past Vice Chairman of the American Society of Association Executives.
 
Myron  Curtis
Curtls Trailers
Oregon
Class of 1998  
Member - Myron  Curtis (2)RV Retailer since 1948, designed and built the Curtis Cruiser trailer in the 50's, began organizing shows on the west coast in 1958, by 1969 had 5 RV rental and sales locations. Active with associations including TCA, RVDA, and local dealer organizations for over 45 years.
 
Richard "Dick" Matz
Norcold
Ohio
Class of 1998  
Member - Richard Industry supplier since 1966, Key founder and 1 st Chairman of RVIA Suppliers Committee, RVIA Board member 1983-1993 (Secretary 1991-92) Recipient RVIA Distinguished Achievement Award - 1990
 
Mahlon A. Miller
Newmar Corporation
Indiana
Class of 1998  
Member - Mahlon A. Miller (4)Grew from 1960's cabinet shop to President of Holiday Rambler Co., Purchased share of Newmar in 1984. Known as "Father of power slide-outs", holds patent on pull down rock guard, power awning, and the automatic door stop among others.
 
John R.  RibletDeceased
Riblet Products
Indiana
Class of 1998  
Member - John R.  Riblet (5)Began building trailer frames in 1946 as Riblet Welding which in 1951 became Riblet Products. Founded Guyco (with Guy Riblet, his father) in 1952 to build galvanized roofing for the industry. He was a major force in the founding of Qest which developed plastic plumbing systems and B & B Interiors to develop plastic bath components.
 
Ralph Scoular
Iseman Corp.
South Dakota
Class of 1998  
Member - Ralph Scoular (6)20 year Board member South Dakota MHA, Active in retail sales since 1946, organized first manufactured Housing show in North Dakota in early 1950's, has built and operated communities and retail centers in 15 states, managed 6 manufacturing plants and operated a manufactured housing finance company.
 
John Wick
Wick Building Systems
Wisconsin
Class of 1998  
Member - John Wick (7)Builder of panelized homes and commercial buildings, and manufactured housing as Marshfield Homes, Artcraft Homes, and Rollohome. An active member of the Wisconsin MHA for over 40 years, he has been an industry leader since 1954.
 
Lawrence M. Coss
Greentree Financial
Minnesota
Class of 1999  
Member - Lawrence M. Coss (19)A recognized leader in the development of RV and Manufactured Housing financing programs, he changed the way RV's and homes were financed by providing non-recourse loans to retailers. His company was also the first to offer asset based loans on industry products. He also assured that the finance industry would be actively represented in all state and national associations by promoting the involvement of his personnel in association work.
 
Dusty CrumDeceased
Dusty's Camper World
Florida
Class of 1999  
Member - Dusty Crum (9)An RV retailer since 1967, he was instrumental in the formation of what has now become the Florida RV Trade Association and is a 15 year leader of that organization. He now has three generations of his family involved in his dealership and his son and grandson are both now state officers. He is a 20 year national association member.
 
Dennis  Dukes
Rawsonville Woods
Michigan
Class of 1999  
Member - Dennis  Dukes (8)A 30 year state association member including 14 on the Board of Directors, he has served as Chairman and Federation delegate. As a housing retailer and campground operator, he served as a Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission member for 15 years. He has been MMH&RVCA PAC Chairman, and a member of the University of Michigan Task Force study of Michigan housing needs. He helped organize the Midwest MH Federation which operates the Louisville MH Show.
 
Ben Layton
Layton Homes
North Carolina
Class of 1999  
Member - Ben Layton (18)Involved in manufactured housing finance, retail, and community development, he was one of the organizers of the North Carolina state association and is a 28-year member. He was a leader in the development of the NCMH PAC. A leading developer of land-home sub divisions since 1974, he has been a major retailer of multi-section homes since 1961.
 
Mervin  Lung
Patrick Industries
Indiana
Class of 1999  
Member - Mervin  Lung (11)He has been in the Manufactured Housing and RV industries since 1941, and is a 20 year MHI member. He founded Patrick Industries in 1957, and introduced Gypsum board to the MH industry, he also introduced pre-finished paneling and many other components in common use today. He has served on the Board of Directors of Ivy Tech College, which trains thousands of industry personnel, since 1980.
 
W.E. (Ed)  Mitchell
Mascot Homes
South Carolina
Class of 1999  
Member - W.E. (Ed)  Mitchell (13)The founder of the South Carolina state association and a 30 year member, he was one of the organizers of SEMHI, and an original Board member of MHI following its creation, he is a past MHI PAC Chairman. He is one of three original members of MHARR and is credited with many industry innovations including being the first HUD code manufacturer in South Carolina.
 
Leff MooreDeceased
West Virginia MHA
West Virginia
Class of 1999  
Member - Leff Moore (17)The 29 year Executive Director and lobbyist for the West Virginia MHA, he built the acceptance of Manufactured Housing to the position that it is the primary source for new homes in West Virginia. He is Past Chairman of the national Manufactured Housing Executive Council and is identified as the Dean of association executives. He is also the founder and Director of the West Virginia RV Association
 
Stan  PlumleeDeceased
Stan’s Home Center
Tennessee
Class of 1999  
Member - Stan  Plumlee (14)As a 20 year Board member of the Tennessee association, he led the campaign to force legislation allowing multi-section homes in any residential area in Tennessee. He also spearheaded the legislation to get sales tax reduced on manufactured homes in his state, and negotiated the law allowing 16’ wide homes on Tennessee highways. He represented Tennessee on the national Manufactured Housing Federation.
 
Bob  Tiffin
Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc
Alabama
Class of 1999  
Member - Bob  Tiffin (16)A pioneer in the use of steel skirting below the floor to hang the walls on motorhomes, he is recognized as a champion for customer satisfaction and service. He is a nationally recognized industry leader in the areas of positive employee, customer and dealer relationships. His nomination was originated by support from his consumers.
 
Bobby  Vincent
Suburban Mfg.
Tennesee
Class of 1999  
Member - Bobby  Vincent (15)He is recognized by the industry as a heating pioneer, and was the first to use permanent magnet motors, and piezo ignition in RV furnaces. He developed one piece vent caps, and his promotion of DSI ignition eliminated the use of standing pilots in RV furnaces as well as in water heaters and refrigerators. He also introduced aluminum ranges for RV’s. He has been a leading proponent of RV gas appliance safety.
 
Ted  WeinholdDeceased
Terra Enterprises
Arizona
Class of 1999  
Member - Ted  Weinhold (12)He is a 20 year representative to the National Manufactured Housing Federation for the Arizona association and was the National Federation Chairman in 1984 & 85. He has served as state association President twice, he is a Governor’s appointee to the Arizona Board of Housing, and he served on the committee to consolidate 5 separate Arizona MH associations into one functioning body.
 
Walter E.  Wells
Schult Homes
Indiana
Class of 1999  
Member - Walter E.  Wells (10)A 33 year industry veteran, he is Past Chairman of MHI, and served 2 terms as MHI Technical Activities Committee Chairman. He developed the first HUD code two story home, and is a recognized long time proponent of industry construction and safety standards. He is also the first second generation Hall of Fame inductee, his father Walter O. Wells having been honored as and industry pioneer in 1974.
 
Dave  Altman Deceased
Altman's Winnebago
California
Class of 2000  
Member - Dave  Altman  (30)Dave Altman of Altman's Winnebago, an RV Retailer from Baldwin Park, California. Dave is a 34 year Industry veteran. He is credited as the founder, and served 20 years as President, of the Southern California RV Dealers Association. He is a founder and past Chairman of the California State RV dealers association. He is an 18 year Board Member and Past President of the national RV Dealers Association and is the sixth recipient of the prestigious RVDA James Summers award. He chaired the first RV dealers independent convention. He is the founding Chairman of the national RV Rental Association. He has been recognized by Winnebago Industries with their "Circle of Excellence" Award every year it has been presented.
 
Terrell  BridgesDeceased
Chandeleur Homes
Alabama
Class of 2000  
Member - Terrell  Bridges (29)Terrell Bridges of Chandeleur Homes, a housing manufacturer from Guntersville, Alabama. A 30 year member and past Chairman of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Institute, Terrell is credited as a pioneer of labor efficiency programs and industry quality. He is recognized as having developed, in the early 1970s, the "piece rate" bonus system that is used industry wide today. He brought a Manufactured Housinv education course to all Alabama High Schools. He participated in the development of the wind standards implemented by HUD in 1994. He is Chairman of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Institute charitable foundation.
 
John R. KetelsenDeceased
Ketelsen RVs
Iowa
Class of 2000  
Member - John R. Ketelsen (28)John R."Johnnie" Ketelsen of Ketelsen RVs, an RV retailer from Marion, Iowa, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Johnnie's orientation to RVing began in 1938 when, as a teenager, he traveled throughout the western states in a home-made RV. A 38 year RV dealer, he is a founding member and past Secretary of the national RV Dealers Association, and is a 28 year member and officer. He is the founder and a Past Chairman of the Iowa RV Dealers Association. He is recognized as a prime example of impeccable business values and ethics, and as a mentor for RV retailers nation wide. He and his western swing band hold a national record of over 6,500 appearances on live radio.
 
Bob  KropfDeceased
Kropf Manufacturing
Indiana
Class of 2000  
Member - Bob  Kropf (27)Bob Kropf of Kropf Manufacturing, a Recreational Park Trailer manufacturer from Goshen, Indiana. A 50 year RV and manufactured housing industry veteran, he was a member and Chairman of the RVIA Park Trailer Committee from 1984 to 1990, and, as one of the founders of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association in 1993, continues to serve as the only Chairman in that association's eight year history. He is a past Chairman of the IMHA South Bend Show and member of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association Board of Voyernors. He is a recognized voice for the Park Trailer industry before government, industry, and consumer groups nationally.
 
Bob Lee
Country Coach
Oregon
Class of 2000  
Member - Bob Lee (20)Bob Lee of Country Coach, an RV Manufacturer from Junction City, Oregon. A 24 year RVIA member, he has served 13 years on its Board of Directors, and 15 years on the National RV Show Committee including eight y~ars as its chairman. He is a 10 year member and current Chairman of the Family Motor Coach Association Commercial Council Board. He introduced many ~igh tech features to RVs and built the first code compliant bus conversions built on an assembly line. He has set a public standard of quality that has reflected on the entire industry.
 
Jerry  Pickrell
LaSalle-Bristol Corporation
Indiana
Class of 2000  
Member - Jerry  Pickrell (22)Jerry Pickrell of LaSalle-Bristol Corporation, an RV and Manufactured Housing industry supplier from Elkhart, Indiana. A 47 year industry activist, he has served as an active member of the Board of Directors of the RV Industry Association, the Manufactured Housing Institute, Illinois MHA, and Indiana MHA/RVIC including two terms as its President, during which he was responsible for balancing the Board of Directors to include both housing and RV representatives. He is a 2 time chairman of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show and a seven year member of the National RV Show Committee. He served 8 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation. His efforts for local, state, and national associations and with government committees and organizations are without equal.
 
Dan  Rolfes
Holiday Homes
Ohio
Class of 2000  
Member - Dan  Rolfes  (23)Dan Rolfes of Holiday Homes, a manufactured housing retailer from Milford, Ohio. He is a multiple site retailer and community developer with 7 locations in two states. A 30 year state association officer, he is one of the founders of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation and a 5 term Chairman of the federation. He was Chairman of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and has served three terms as President of the Ohio Manufactured Housing Association and is the Ohio association delegate to the Federated States division of MHI. He was a forerunner in the development of the land/home concept aiding in erasing the line between manufactured and site built housing.
 
Al RuhlDeceased
Manchester Tank
Tennessee
Class of 2000  
Member - Al Ruhl (24)Al Ruhl of Manchester Tank, an RV industry supplier from Brentwood, Tennessee. He is a life long advocate for LP Gas safety, long time active RVIA Board member, RVIA Supplier Committee Chairman, and a member of the joint RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing Board. He has been instrumental in developing improvements in gas safety standards such as two stage regulators, excess flow check valves, overfill protection devices, and gas leak detectors for LP cylinders. He is an active member of the Go RVing marketing coalition. He is a 8 year member of the National Propane Gas Association Board of Directors.
 
James F.  SheaDeceased
Fairmont Homes and Gulfstream Coach
Indiana
Class of 2000  
Member - James F.  Shea (25)James F. Shea, Sr. founder of Fairmont Homes and Gulfstream Coach, a manufactured housing and RV manufacturer from Nappanee, Indiana. A pioneer builder of 14 foot wide homes, he was also the first manufacturer to use 2x6 side wall construction. He introduced slide outs and basement storage in class C motorhomes. He was the first manufacturer to provide hydraulic slide outs. A long time MHI Board Member he was also one of the founders of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform. He was a leader in supporting the formation of the national federation of manufactured housing retailers.
 
Earl  WorleyDeceased
Modern Housing
New Mexico
Class of 2000  
Member - Earl  Worley (26)Earl "Red" Worley of Modern Housing, a manufactured housing and RV retailer from Roswell, New Mexico. A 50 year retailer, he was founder of New Mexico Manufactured Housing Foundation, and the founder of Great Western Homes. He is a pioneer in the development and sales of double wide home-land packages. He was a leader in arranging financing proqrams for manufactured homes in the 40's and 50s. He was active in the development of the HUD Code for manufactured homes which made FHA and VA financing possible. He has been twice appointed to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Commission. He is recognized as a long time organizer and promoter of education programs on construction, delivery, and installation of manufactured homes.
 
T. M.  BURLINGAMEDeceased
STYLECREST PRODUCTS
OHIO
Class of 2001  
Member - T. M.  BURLINGAME (118)He has spent over 35 years developing and introducing products to the manufactured housing industry. He was instrumental in bringing high efficiency heating and cooling appliances to the industry. He was a leader in the acceptance of fiberglass ducting systems. He developed the Blend Air System to reduce condensation problems in modern homes. He has been an active member of 7 state manufactured housing associations and has been very active in coordinating the procurement of industry materials for disaster relief.
 
WILLIAM L. EHRLEDeceased
TEXAS MHA
TEXAS
Class of 2001  
Member - WILLIAM L. EHRLE (119)A twenty three year leader of his association, he is recognized as a consensus builder, and a brilliant legal and legislative strategist. He helped to develop the National Manufactured Housing Federation and was instrumental in merging it into the Manufactured Housing Institute. As a three term state legislator, he has helped to develop manufactured housing bills both national and for many state associations. He is a recognized lobbyist in his state and on capitol hill.
 
CLYDE GRAMBSCHDeceased
CAMPER-RECREATION
WISCONSIN
Class of 2001  
Member - CLYDE GRAMBSCH (120)A pioneer manufacturer, he was a charter member of RVI – RVIA and served many years on its Board of Directors. He was instrumental in the creation of the fall Louisville RV Show by getting the national show moved from March to late fall to showcase new models. He was a key leader in promoting the merger of the MHMA travel trailer division into RVI and led the RVI sponsored caravan to Montreal Expo 67. His trailers were the first to offer inside/outside swing out kitchens and an electrically raised hard roof.
 
CURT HAMES
HAMES HOMES
IOWA
Class of 2001  
Member - CURT HAMES (121)Always a politically active retailer, he has been responsible for laws allowing Sunday home sales, 14-foot wide home movement, tie down standards and requirements, and a landlord tenant relations law recognized as fair to all parties. He worked to get zoning laws that allow manufactured homes placed on private property and to eliminate sales tax on pre-owned homes
 
DAN HOLTDeceased
RV NEWS
ARIZONA
Class of 2001  
Member - DAN HOLT (122)A 30 year advocate for RV dealers and the RV aftermarket industry, he has worked with industry committees and through editorial efforts to promote the growth and future of the industry. He founded the industries first aftermarket-only trade show and assured that it would foster continuing education by promoting extensive use of seminars. That show is now the annual RVDA Expo. He recognized the importance of trained RV technicians and founded the first magazine expressly for them. He now hosts over 200 RV industry web sites through his portal web site.
 
CHARLES MEREDITHDeceased
CHARLIES MOBILE HOMES
KENTUCKY
Class of 2001  
Member - CHARLES MEREDITH (123)A 50 year housing and RV industry veteran, he is a founding member of Kentucky MHA and was its first President and its representative to the Federated States Association. He is a founding member and Past Chairman of RVI. He helped the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation bring the annual Manufactured Housing Show to Louisville and successfully lobbied to get parking fees waived for all housing show participants.
 
VIRGIL  MILLERDeceased
NEWMAR CORPORATION
INDIANA
Class of 2001  
Member - VIRGIL  MILLER (124)Beginning his career in 1958, he has become widely recognized as the RV industry’s voice of reason, he has served two terms as the Indiana association’s RV Council Chairman. He has many years on the RVIA Board of Directors as Chairman of the Safety and Education Committee and on the Public and Legislative Affairs Committee. He is a tireless promoter of the RV Industry and its products.
 
JIM MOOREDeceased
PENNSYLVANIA MHA
PENNSYLVANIA
Class of 2001  
Member - JIM MOORE (125)A twenty five-year state association executive, he developed both the Pennsylvania manufactured housing and RV shows to become nationally recognized industry showcases. He helped to develop HUD code installation procedures and is recognized as having been a mentor to state association leaders nation wide.
 
JOE and KAY PETERSONDeceased
ESCAPEES
TEXAS
Class of 2001  
Member - JOE and KAY PETERSON (126)Owner/developers of 18 RV parks in eleven states, they are widely recognized consumer educational seminar speakers at RV events. They have authored numerous self-help books on the RV lifestyle. For over twenty years they have developed the Escapees RV club, mail and message forwarding service, and coordinating medical insurance.
 
BILL PIERCEDeceased
PIERCE HOMES
MONTANA
Class of 2001  
Member - BILL PIERCE (127)A 28 year member of the Montana Manufactured Housing and RV Association he served four separate terms as it President. He developed a key public service campaign to promote manufactured housing in his state and was a leader in the effort to eliminate zoning restrictions on manufactured homes statewide. Both his RV and MH dealerships have won many awards for sales and appearance.
 
JOHN RITZENTHALER
RITZCRAFT HOMES
INDIANA/PENNSYLVANIA
Class of 2001  
Member - JOHN RITZENTHALER (128)A true pioneer, he began his career delivering units behind his own auto in the 1940s. As an early manufacturer, he used fiberglass fronts on his units as early as 1957. He was one of the early doublewide home manufacturers and one of the first to build regional manufacturing facilities to build specific designs for regional needs and codes.
 
Melvin R. AuchDeceased
Chief Industries
Nebraska
Class of 2002  
Member - Melvin R. Auch (238)A 23 year Board Member of the Nebraska MHA, a Past Chairman of the North Central Manufactured Housing Institute which sponsors the Kansas City Manufactured Housing Show and was the first to build 14 x 80 homes and the first to build energy efficient homes.
 
Harrold P. BowenDeceased
Bowen Supply
Georgia
Class of 2002  
Member - Harrold   P. Bowen (239)A 40 year member and past President of the Georgia MHA, he was instrumental in getting legislation enabling 14 wide home movement in Georgia and was an active member and past Chairman of the MHMA-MHI Suppliers Board of Governors where he led the effort to increase supplier representation from 100 to over 500 members.
 
Mike Cappaert
Cappaert Manufactured Housing
Mississippi
Class of 2002  
Member - Mike Cappaert (240)One of the founders and a 15 year Board Member of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform. he is a long time Board Member of MHI and a founding member of the Mississippi MHA. He is the son of 1975 inductee, F. L. Cappaert.
 
Bill Estes
TL Enterprises
California
Class of 2002  
Member - Bill Estes (241)He has led the effort to enhance the role of consumer magazines as an authoritative source of information for RV owners and buyers. He has long been a leader in providing readable reports on product technical evaluation and testing. He was the very first recipient of the RVIA Excellence in Journalism award.
 
Mel  Fath
New Durham Estates
Indiana
Class of 2002  
Member - Mel  Fath (242)A 25 year member and past President of the Board of Directors of the Indiana MHA and as the association’s delegate to the National Manufactured Housing Federation. He has been recognized as a long time proponent of stringent and meaningful standards for community operators.
 
Arthur F. LochDeceased
Loch's Mobile Homes
Pennsylvania
Class of 2002  
Member - Arthur F. Loch (243)A 55 year manufactured housing veteran beginning as a military housing officer during World War II. He was a MDNA Board Member and a past Chairman of the Pennsylvania MHA and was founder and organizer of both the Pennsylvania manufactured housing and RV shows.
 
C. Clifton NelsenDeceased
A.C. Nelsen Camper World
Nebraska
Class of 2002  
Member - C. Clifton Nelsen (244)An RV retailer and supplier from Omaha, Nebraska. He is a founder and a long-time leader of the Nebraska MHA and was the founder,in ,of the first and oldest wholesale/retail catalog supply firm in the industry.
 
Richard PercivalDeceased
Zieman Manufacturing
California
Class of 2002  
Member - Richard Percival (246)An industry supplier from Whittier, California. He has served for over 35 years on the Boards of Directors of the TCA, Western MHI, California MHI, and MHI. He has served as President or Chairman of nearly every association where he was active.
 
Roger  ReynoldsDeceased
MHMA
Illinois
Class of 2002  
Member - Roger  Reynolds (291)Roger Reynolds of the MHMA staff,began his career with Marty Sullivan's dealership. After one year he joined the staff of the Mobile Home Manufacturers Association. He was the beloved Supplier Division Director who obtained their voting membership on the MHMA Board of Directors. Later, as the full time Standards Director, he developed and got the MHMA Board and membership to adopt construction standards for electrical, heating and plumbing. He had made them national by forging and agreement with the Trailer Coach Association of California and the State of California enforcement body. He was responsible for developing inspection procedures and enforcing compliance with the standards beginning at the national show during January 1960 in Louisville, KY. He now serves as chairman industry retirees' Creators Society.
 
Kelly Rose
Starcraft Corporation
Indiana
Class of 2002  
Member - Kelly Rose (248)An RV manufacturer/vehicle converter from Goshen, Indiana. Heis a Past Chairman of RVIA and a leading promoter of the “Go RVing” national promotion campaign. He pioneered the introduction of high-tech electronics into RVs and conversion vehicles. He has been a leader in the development of vans and RVs equipped to serve the handicapped.
 
George  Searle
Tower Trailer park
New Jersey
Class of 2002  
Member - George  Searle (249)He is a 55 year industry veteran who has served on the Boards of Directors of the TDNA, MDNA, New Jersey MHA and was the founder of the Mobile Home Park Operators Association under FHA. In the 1950s, he was a pioneer in the development of modular structures. He was the nation’s first community operator to convert his park to a publicly held corporation.
 
James B. SummersDeceased
RV Dealers Association
Washington DC
Class of 2002  
Member - James B. Summers (250)He is credited with establishing a positive link between the RV dealers and the manufacturers. He created the national dealer development program that helped to professionalize RV dealer training. He was one of the founders of the American Recreation Coalition.
 
Bill Day, Sr.
Day Mobile Homes
Colorado
Class of 2003  
Member - Bill Day, Sr. (254)Bill Day became an industry leader early on in his career. He began working as a line employee for Champion Home Builders in 1960. Bill has owned sales centers in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. Along with his wife, Eileen, and son, Bill, Jr., he owns and manages Day Mobile Homes. Day is the founder of Wyoming MHA, serving as its first President and continuing as a member of the Board of Directors. Day also actively participates in the Colorado MHA.
 
Brian Fannon
Sun Communities
Michigan
Class of 2003  
Member - Brian Fannon (255)Brian Fannon and his family built the first modern manufactured housing community in the Western suburbs of Detroit in Novi, Michigan. Fannon continued as a pioneer in the industry. He became a charter member of the first MH commission in Michigan. For 35-years, Brian has been vital to the complete development, maintenance and legislative success of the MH industry.
 
Walter K. Hughes
Fleetwood Enterprises
Virginia
Class of 2003  
Member - Walter K. Hughes (256)Walter Hughes began with Fleetwood Homes of Ohio in 1969 and retired as general manager of Fleetwood Homes of Virginia in 1994. Through every step of his career, Hughes' leading presence within the industry has been felt. He is President Emeritus of the Virgina MHA. Hughes achieved tremendous legislative success as Chairman of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Manufactured Housing Board. Hughes was elected to the Virginia Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame in 1994.
 
Robert  IngramDeceased
Teton Homes
Wyoming
Class of 2003  
Member - Robert  Ingram (257)In 1954, Boots Ingram founded Strato Track, a manufacturer of sliding door tracks for the MH industry. In 1967, Ingram founded Teton Homes in Wyoming. He has been a consultant and major stockholder of Marathon Homes since 1996. Boots served RVIA for six years and RVDA throughout the 70’s and 80’s. He has owned and developed industrial, residential and business parks and built modular community correction facilities in South Dakota and Wyoming. Ingram opened a 25-acre R.V. Travel Plaza in Indio, California in 2001.
 
Newton C. Kindlund
Holiday RV Superstores
Florida
Class of 2003  
Member - Newton C. Kindlund (258)Newton Kindlund has dedicated over 35 years to the RV industry. Along with his wife, Joanne, Kindlund founded the industry's first national retail dealership chain. In 1987, Holiday RV Superstores, Inc. became the first publicly owned national RV retail chain. In 1999, the couple sold their controlling shares of the company. That same year, they established the first national RV industry college scholarship through RVDA. Voted as 1995's RV Industry Executive of the Year, Newt is recognized for his outstanding service to RVDA and RVIA throughout the duration of his career.
 
Larry  McClainDeceased
McClain's RV Superstore
Texas
Class of 2003  
Member - Larry  McClain (259)Larry McClain is an esteemed businessman who has become one of the leading RV dealers in the West. With RV Superstores in Texas and Oklahoma, McClain’s business and reputation have grown incredibly since 1962. McClain is the founder of the Oklahoma State RV show. He has held offices in the Central Oklahoma RVDA and served two terms as President and 32 years on the board of directors of the National RVDA.
 
Ken Roberts
Triad Financial Services
Minnesota
Class of 2003  
Member - Ken Roberts (260)With over 40 years in the manufactured housing finance industry, Ken Roberts has continued to introduce new lending practices and procedures to fit the industry needs. He is Triad Financial Services’ Senior Vice President in marketing and strategic planning for the MH industry. Ken has served on the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. Ken has earned the reputation as a manufactured housing industry finance leader.
 
Maggie Stephenson
Redbud Estates
Indiana
Class of 2003  
Member - Maggie Stephenson (261)Maggie Stephenson established a brokerage of new and pre-owned manufactured homes in the late 1970s. She drafted manufactured housing leasing and purchase agreements that are still used throughout the state. Maggie has met the challenges of paving the way for the sale and financing of manufactured homes by setting the MH standards alongside those of the general real estate marketplace. Maggie is a 20-year Indiana MHA board member and past president. She is has served two terms on the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Board of Directors.
 
Gloria TelanderDeceased
Wheelers Campground Directories
Illinois
Class of 2003  
Member - Gloria Telander (262)Gloria Telander is an accomplished creator and publisher of Woodall’s Camground Directory, Trailer Life Directory, and Wheelers RV Resort & Campground Guide. Since the 1950’s Telander's expertise has continued to grow as vast and rich as the campgrounds and resorts she recognizes across the nation. Gloria began her career in the RV industry working for R.A. Woodall, the man she now credits for giving her opportunity to succeed. She developed a rating system where consumers not paid sales personnel rate the listed facilities.
 
Charles Underwood
Kentec
Georgia
Class of 2003  
Member - Charles Underwood (263)Charles Underwood is recognized as a political lobbyist for the manufactured housing industry. He worked with industry supplier, Kentec, Inc., for 43 years. He has been a member of the Georgia MHA since 1977. Charles is also a member of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Institute. His work with MHI involved direct lobbying in Washington, DC, on behalf of the industry. Underwood worked with the Georgia State House and Senate for the passage of the 14' wide home movement bill. His political efforts and successes have placed Charles Underwood in great standing within the MH industry.
 
Samuel Richard (Dick) Berry
Home Folks Housing Center
Kentucky
Class of 2004  
Member - Samuel Richard (Dick) Berry (264)A 35-year Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute board member, he served terms as President in 1972 and 1976. He served as Kentucky's representative to the national Manufactured Housing Federation and to MHI for over 25 years, he served as a SEMHI board member, and as a Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation and Louisville Manufactured Housing Show committee member. He was one of the organizers and the first President of his chapter of Kentucky MHI. He led the successful effort to get 16 foot wide home movement available in Kentucky. Starting with an original start-up capital investment of $1800, he built his business to a sales volume exceeding 6 million dollars per year.
 
John Bostick
Sunshine Homes
Alabama
Class of 2004  
Member - John Bostick (265)John is the leader of the third generation of his family with Sunshine Homes. He was recognized as the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association man of year in 2001, and the Mississippi housing manufacturer of the year in 2000. He has served the AMHI as a board member for over 10 years including two terms as chairman. He has, for the last five years, served as Chairman of the South Central MHI which produced the Nashville and now the Tunica, Mississippi, manufactured hosing shows. He instigated and led the battle against zoning discrimination for manufactured homes in Alabama, and he created the nation’s first child care center for employees at a manufactured housing plant.
 
Danny D. Ghorbani
Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Re
Washington DC
Class of 2004  
Member - Danny D. Ghorbani (266)A 36-year industry veteran with a background in structural engineering, he served first as chief of design services and then Director of the Supplier Division of the Mobile Homes Manufacturers Association. While in the land development division of MHMA, he is recognized as having, with his team, planned, designed and engineered over 200,000 residential sites for manufactured homes in less than 4 years. He also served as a Vice President of the Manufactured Housing Institute where he was the institute's marketing representative in U.S. and international markets and he also produced and managed the association's shows and conventions. He is recognized as a long time champion of manufactured housing causes on both technical and policy issues. As the CEO of MHARR for the past 20 years, he has been instrumental in leading the way for improvement to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act, (known as the HUD code) and was instrumental in the development and passage of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.
 
Dennis Hill
Show Ways Unlimited
Georgia
Class of 2004  
Member - Dennis Hill (267)A 35-year industry veteran, he is recognized as a long time promoter of manufactured housing, having served on the staff of SEMHI and MHI before he began his own company where, for over 25 years he has served as the director of the Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Nashville/Tunica, Mississippi, manufactured housing shows. Over the years, his shows have grown dynamically until today the Louisville show is recognized as the largest indoor manufactured housing show in the U.S. and the Tunica show is the largest of the outdoor shows. He has brought hundreds of manufacturers together with thousands of retail centers for the betterment of the housing industry and has returned over 3.5 million dollars to the state associations that sponsor the shows.
 
Martin W.  Lown
Coachlight RV Sales
Missouri
Class of 2004  
Member - Martin W.   Lown (270)A 36-year veteran RV dealer, he designed and established a well-equipped campground, that hosts several RV club rallies each year, immediately adjacent to his retail sales lot. He was the first chairman of the Holiday Rambler Dealer Advisory Board, where he has actively shared his expertise and experiences with other dealers, and has held the Newmar Top Five Dealer designation for 15 consecutive years. He is the designer of several RV floor plan modifications that are used by numerous manufacturers and he was recognized as TL Publications Dealer of the Year in 1990.
 
Norman L. McAdoo
Busch, Carr & McAdoo
California
Class of 2004  
Member - Norman L. McAdoo (271)Along with his partners – who are both now deceased, he has developed and built numerous housing communities, not only for his own management company, but also for many other operators throughout the state of California. He was a founding member of the California Manufactured Housing Institute Board of Directors and served the association with terms as President in 1967-68 and 1989-90. He is a 46-year board member of the Western Manufactured Home parkowners Association, a Wallace Carr award winner and the WMA Man of the Century Award recipient. He has worked tirelessly to improve the California housing industry through legislation, code analysis, and political action.
 
C.T. McCreary
Modernistic Industries
California
Class of 2004  
Member - C.T. McCreary (272)Beginning his production career in 1945, he was one of the earliest RV manufacturers to open production facilities in various parts of the country. His company, building Aljo brand trailers, grew to be recognized as the second largest RV manufacturer in the nation in 1957. A long time active Trailer Coach Association member and show organizer, C.T. was one of the founders of the giant Los Angeles RV show. He is responsible for many innovations to industry products including installation of the first RV central vacuum system. (His midwest division, Moderistic Industries of Iowa, became Winnebago Industries after a change of ownership.)
 
Charles N. Miller
Reese Products
Indiana
Class of 2004  
Member - Charles N. Miller (273)A 28-year active RVIA member, he is recognized as the founder of the annual RV Leadership Prayer Breakfast, which he chaired from 1977 until 1990. Charles served on the MDNA service schools steering committee and as a faculty member of the schools; and on the RVDA Consumer Care Commission. As his business interests became international, he relocated his family to Australia where he introduced the weight distributing hitch and electric trailer brakes as well as other towing safety features to the Australian market. He played a major role in opening the South Pacific market area to American RV companies. Charles is the son of Milo Miller, a member of the Hall of Fame class of 1975.
 
Donald R. MosseyDeceased
Seahawk Corp.
Indiana
Class of 2004  
Member - Donald R. Mossey (274)Don was an early manufacturer and promoter of manufactured housing. He was a long time MHMA and MHI member. He has founded and built five successful industry companies and developed numerous components and design features still in use for RV and housing units. He has been a lifelong spokesman for housing industry causes. His companies, including Homette, Ventline, Leland Engineering, and Imperial Stamping have spanned a broad range of manufactured home component parts and homes. In addition to his efforts for the industry, Don has served as Chairman of the Board of Hillsdale College in Michigan for 28 years.
 
Alvan L. Schrader
A.L.S. Properties
Minnesota
Class of 2004  
Member - Alvan L. Schrader (275)A 30-year member of the Minnesota Manufactured Housing Association board of directors, he served as President from 1978 to 1980. He served on the National Manufactured Housing Federation from 1980 to 1986 and served as Chairman in 1983 and 84. Al served on the HUD Advisory Council from 1983 to 1985 and helped to write the HUD standard for formaldehyde to eliminate the serious health hazard of the 1980s. He was the first member elected to Minnesota MH Hall of Fame 1979. Today, he provides over 2300 rental home sites in eleven communities and has helped to implement favorable zoning standards for manufactured housing in cities and states through out the mid-west.
 
Duane Spader
The Spader Companies
South Dakota
Class of 2004  
Member - Duane Spader (276)A founding member of the national Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association, Duane served as President in 1974 and 75. As RVDA’s top volunteer during a critical time in industry history, he was instrumental in laying the groundwork for what has grown into a unified and financially sound organization that serves the nation’s RV retailers. He is recognized as having conceived and developed the RVDA 20 Group programs which allow dealers to network and share best practices. He has been an RV dealer for over 40 years and a campground operator for over 30 years. In these capacities, he has devised and distributed benchmarking and performance measurement concepts that have revolutionized the way RV dealers do business. He has been a friend, mentor and coach to hundreds of RV dealers from coast to coast.
 
Gordon D. StockDeceased
Mito Corporation
Indiana
Class of 2004  
Member - Gordon D. Stock (277)Mr. Stock’s career in the manufactured housing industry has spanned over 50 years. He has founded or co-founded 10 prominent industry companies representing the manufacturing, supplier, and retail portions of the industry and providing employment to thousands of industry workers. In the 1950s, he developed a company to produce what may have been the first commercially marketed double-wide homes. He is responsible for innovations at use in every aspect of the housing industry. His advice and support has been a major part of the encouragement for many entrepreneurs and industry leaders over the years. He is recognized as a dynamic force in the growth and development of the manufactured housing industry since the 1950s.
 
Gene E. StoutDeceased
Coachmen Industries
Indiana
Class of 2004  
Member - Gene E. Stout (278)Gene is a 34-year industry veteran. He joined the RVI board in 1970 and became its chairman in 1972 where he was a member of the group that combined the RVI and the TCA to form RVIA. He served on the RVIA board for 25 years including 2 terms as Chairman 1985 and 86. His service to the industry's national association include terms as chairman of the RVIA automotive liaison committee from 1977 to 80, the standards committee from 1982 to 83, the public and legislative affairs committee in 1987 and 88, the membership committee from 1994 to 2001, and the nominating committee in 1995. He was awarded the prestigious "Distinguished Service to the RV Industry" award in 1983 and the "Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards" award in 1984. He was a leader of the effort to restructure the board of the Indiana IMHA to give equal balance to the RV and manufactured housing industries. He served on the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Board of Directors from 1995 to 2000, including two terms as Chairman in 1997 and 1998.
 
Wendell L. Batchelor
Southern Energy Homes
Alabama
Class of 2005  
Member - Wendell L. Batchelor (279)A long time industry leader and activist, he is 20 year MHI member, a long time Alabama MHI board member, serving as chairman of that association in 1991 and 1992, and one of the organizers of the South Central MHI serving as Chairman in 97, 98, and 99. In the early 1980s, he pioneered customization in manufactured homes. He was featured as an industry icon in the November, 1996, Forbes Magazine. He was inducted into the Alabama MHI Hall of Fame in 2002.
 
Donald R. Boles
Boles Manufacturing
California
Class of 2005  
Member - Donald R. Boles (280)A pioneer RV manufacturer, he was an early industry activist as a member of the American Institute of Travel Trailers, Trailer Coach Association and the Mobile Homes Manufacturers Association in the 1950s. As a tool and die maker he developed many tools used in aluminum fabrication. He was one of the first manufacturers to provide a service facility at his factory. He was a very strong promoter of quality construction in trailer manufacturing. He has been recognized as one of the first RV manufacturers to run advertising in general media publications as opposed to trailer related media.
 
Jerry Greer
Jerry Greer RV
Ohio
Class of 2005  
Member - Jerry Greer (281)A 30 year veteran RV dealer and RVDA Board member, he was chairman of the national association from 1990-92, and he received its James B Summers award in 1995. He served as RVDA Education Foundation Chairman for the first 7 years of its existance. He served on the board of the RV Assistance Corporation for for nine years including 5 years as its chairman. He is recognized as an advocate for making the RV sales process more customer friendly.
 
Rick  Horsey
Parkview RV Center
Delaware
Class of 2005  
Member - Rick  Horsey (282)A long time RVDA board member, he served as its chairman in 1997 and 98. He has served for 5 years as the RVDA Education Foundation Chairman and for 10 years on the RVDA-RVIA Service Technician Certification Board. He is a founding member of the Go-RVing Committee on Excellence and has twice been the recipient of the RVIA National Service Award. He is recognized as the driving force behind the reorganization of RVDA to be more responsive to dealer needs.
 
Tony Ingram
Teton Homes
Wyoming
Class of 2005  
Member - Tony Ingram (283)A 35 year RVIA member, he is recognized as a strong supporter of the association and its promotional “Go RVing” campaign. Winner of the RVDA Quality Circle Award he is a advocate for manufacturers targeting dealer and consumer satisfaction as a primary objective. He holds the patent for oversized “Big-N-Tall” outside storage compartment design in fifth wheel RVs facilitating more comfortable full time RV living. He is the first manufacturer to offer opposing 17foot slide outs to increase living space in RVs.
 
Gary LaBella
RVIA
Washington DC
Class of 2005  
Member - Gary LaBella (284)A dynamic and imaginative leader, he is recognized for coalescing the industry in the mid-1990s with the launch of the most successful marketing program in the industry's history, "Go RVing," widely credited with transforming RVing's image and propelling sales to new highs. As RVIA's chief marketing officer, he also spearheaded myriad other award-winning PR and advertising initiatives during a distinguished four-decade career. A creative force known for his impactful and entertaining presentations, he was a well-known face of RVIA and a national media spokesman who was celebrated with the Hall of Fame's prestigious Spirit Award as well as major awards from both RVIA and RVDA. On the occasion of the RV industry's centennial in 2010, RV Business named him one of the "100 Most Influential People in the Industry's History." RV Trade Digest earlier named him one of its "Top 25 leaders All Time." Upon his retirement from RVIA, his stellar career was saluted in the Congressional Record.
 
Donald R. Pletcher
Damon Corporation
Indiana
Class of 2005  
Member - Donald R. Pletcher (285)A long time industry leader as a supplier, RV manufacturer, and housing manufacturer, he has distinguished himself as a champion of industry integrity and unity. An RVIA board member and executive committee member, he received its Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award in 1993, and its National Legislative Award in 1999. For nearly 40 years he has been a leader and example of the benefit of personal and corporate integrity in the industry.
 
Arthur L. Richter
Trading Post Homes
Kentucky
Class of 2005  
Member - Arthur L. Richter (286)As a second-generation retailer, active for 50 years, he is a 36 year member of the Kentucky MHA and has served the association as an officer and board member. He has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader of the industry in customer relations and service. He has conceived many practices that are now looked on as industry standards. He is a licensed minister and serves several churches in that capacity.
 
Robert SageDeceased
Robert Sage and Associates
Florida
Class of 2005  
Member - Robert Sage (287)As a 50 year industry veteran he was a sales and marketing executive for both manufacturers and suppliers before becoming the primary pioneer in executive recruiting on a national basis for the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries. He conceived and founded what became the forerunner to today’s third party engineering and inspection companies in response to challenges posed by the origination of the HUD code in the 1970s. For over 30 years he also served as a respected intermediary in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures for industry companies.
 
B.J. Thompson
BJ Thompson Associates
Indiana
Class of 2005  
Member - B.J. Thompson (288)An active RVIA member for over 20 years, he has served the association for 20 years as its Public Relations Committee Chairman. He is a founding member of the highly successful Go-RVing Coalition and has led its expansion into major print and media promotions. He received the RVIA National Service Award in 1986 and its Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award in 1995. He has devised and led numerous national RV promotional campaigns.
 
Bill Webster
Webster’s Inc.
Kansas
Class of 2005  
Member - Bill Webster (289)An industry leader for over 50 years, he has developed and managed over 520 manufactured home sites including 120 rental homes and was among the very firs to require storm-proof tie downs on all his homes. A 30 year state association board member, he served as its president in 1972. Part of the lobbying team for 14 and 16’ wide movement in Kansas, he led the team that got sales tax removed from manufactured home sales in the state. He is a 20-year board member and promoter of the Kansas City Show.
 
David L. Webster
Kinro
Texas
Class of 2005  
Member - David L. Webster (292)A 25-year MHI member and board member, he has served as chairman of the supplier division and is recognized for his dedication to the advancement of the housing industry. He led the change from awning windows to double-hung style in manufactured homes. He supports the RV industry as an RVIA member, and he is 25-year member and board member of the AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers) for window and door manufacturers where he served on the long-range planning committee and helped to chart the association's strategic imperatives.
 
Rolly Bannister
Bannister Properties
North Carolina
Class of 2006  
Member - Rolly Bannister (293)He has developed over 20 manufactured home subdivisions and is a pioneer in the development of upscale land/home projects. He is a past president of North Carolina MHI and a life member of CAMHA.
 
Harris  BergDeceased
Wick Building Systems
Wisconsin
Class of 2006  
Member - Harris  Berg (294)He is a 36-year member of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance, serving 13 years on the board of directors and 5 years on the Minnesota MHA board of directors. He has been vital to the effort to pass several state regulations regarding permits for home movement. He has been a leader in the move toward more customization in home production.
 
Tom Faludy
Scott Fetzer Co.
Ohio
Class of 2006  
Member - Tom Faludy (295)He is a long time RVIA board member and industry activist. One of the founders and the first chairman of the Go-RVing Coalition serving from 1995 to 2004, he has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential leaders in the history of the industry. He is a recipient of the RVIA Distinguished Service Award  the organizations highest honor.
 
Crosby ForrestDeceased
Dixie RV Superstore
Virginia
Class of 2006  
Member - Crosby Forrest (296)He is one of the founding members of RVDA, and long time RVDA board member serving as RVDA President in 1978 and 79 and Chairman in 80-82. He is recognized as a leader and mentor for RV retailers from coast to coast.
 
Joseph P. Hayden, Jr.
American Modern Ins.
Ohio
Class of 2006  
Member - Joseph P. Hayden, Jr. (297)His company has been a leader in retailing, financing and insuring manufactured housing and recreational vehicles for over 50 years. His company is believed to be the first vertically integrated company focusing on finance of industry products. He served on the board and executive committee of Fannie Mae from 1969  1991.
 
Bruce Hertzke
Winnebago Industries
Iowa
Class of 2006  
Member - Bruce Hertzke (298)He is a dynamic industry leader and current chairman of the RVIA board. He is a 5 year member of the RVDA Education Foundation Board. He has been named RV Business Magazines Newsmaker of the Year three times. Starting as an hourly production worker he has grown through the ranks to lead his company.
 
Mike Molino
RVDA
Washington D.C.
Class of 2006  
Member - Mike Molino (299)A dynamic leader of a variety of industry organizations, for nearly 10 years he has served simultaneously as RVDA President, President of RV Assistance Corp., Vice President of the GoRVing Coalition, Treasurer of American Recreation Coalition, and as a board member of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation. He is a retired director of the US Army War College.
 
R. James Scoular
Iseman Corp.
South Dakota
Class of 2006  
Member - R. James Scoular (300)A 30-year member and past-president of the South Dakota MHA he has helped to establish the current framework of the SDMHA. He was a member of the SD Governors task force on taxation and titling of manufactured homes. He helped to establish setup and installation standards for homes in SD. He is a past board member of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation. He is a second-generation inductee, his father having been inducted in 1998.
 
Leon Shahnasarian
Instamatic Corp.
Indiana
Class of 2006  
Member - Leon Shahnasarian (301)He is a pioneer importer and supplier of early gas-electric refrigerators to the RV industry. He brought dependable refrigeration to replace ice boxes in early RVs. As early as the 1950s, he established programs to train manufacturer and dealer service personnel in the proper installation and service techniques for his products. He went on to locate and distribute air conditioners, water heaters, and space heaters to the early industry.
 
Randy Thompson
Freedom Roads
Illinois
Class of 2006  
Member - Randy Thompson (302)He has served as a director and past-chairman of RVDA, director and past-chairman of RV Assistance Corp., director and first chairman of the RVDA-RVIA Service Technician Certification Board and is recognized as a major catalyst in its creation. He is a contributing founder of the RVDA Education Foundation.
 
Donald Westphal
Donald Westphall Associates
Michigan
Class of 2006  
Member - Donald Westphal (303)He has been responsible for the planning of over 450,000 homesites in over 1,000 developed communities. He is a long time member and board member of MHI and the Michigan MHA of which he is a past-president. He was the MHI supplier person of the year in 2001.
 
Ronald Younkin
Greenlawn Companies
Ohio
Class of 2006  
Member - Ronald Younkin (304)He has served continuously on the Ohio MHA board of directors since 1969 and is past-president of the association. As an MHI member, he played a key role in establishing the role of HUD in manufactured housing. He is a leader in the development of land-lease communities and of subdivisions for mixed site-built and manufactured housing. He is a board member of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation. He is a second-generation inductee, his father, Floyd having been inducted in 1981.
 
Mel Adams
Airexcel RV Products
Kansas
Class of 2007  
Member - Mel Adams (305) A past Chairman of RVIA, he has also served as Chairman of the RV Service Training Council and is recognized as a leading voice for industry education and customer satisfaction. He was a leader in the development of the RVIA-RVDA service technician schools. He received the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award in 1992
 
Jerry W. BrittonDeceased
Textron Financial
Georgia
Class of 2007  
Member - Jerry W. Britton (306)He has been active in the financing of RV and manufactured housing dealers for over 30 years. Today he provides floor plan financing for over 800 dealers and annually finances over $1 billion in industry products as the largest wholesale lender to the manufactured housing industry.
 
R.C.  Moore
Dick Moore Inc.
Tennessee
Class of 2007  
Member - R.C.  Moore (307) He is a charter member of the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association and a member of the TMHA Hall of Fame. He is the publisher of the housing "Industry Perspective" newsletter and a mentor to other retailers and land-lease community operators. He is active in furthering uniform installation standards statewide in Tennessee
 
Billy SimsDeceased
Billy Sims Trailer Town
Texas
Class of 2007  
Member - Billy Sims (308)A long time RV retailer, he has served on the board of directors of the Texas RV Dealers Association and on the dealer councils for many manufacturers. He is actively involved with number of consumer organizations to further promote the growth of the industry. He hosts six different RV clubs that meet monthly at his dealership.
 
Paul Skogebo
Robert Crist and Company
Arizona
Class of 2007  
Member - Paul Skogebo (309)He is the founder and only President for over 10 years of REDEX an independent dealer buying group representing over 100 dealers. In addition to operating an RV dealership that is over 70 years old, he has founded multiple RV and manufactured housing parks. He has been recognized as RVDA National Dealer of the Year.
 
Tom Stinnett
Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center
Indiana
Class of 2007  
Member - Tom Stinnett (310)He has served as Chairman of the RVDA, Co-Chairman of the Go RVing Coalition, and Chairman of the Recreational Vehicle Assistance Corporation. He has built one of the country's larger RV dealerships and advertises "the world's largest indoor showroom." He wqas selected to represent the US RV industry at the Australian Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry national conference.
 
Ronald A. Thomas
RONA Homes
Ohio
Class of 2007  
Member - Ronald A. Thomas (311)He is a past president and lifetime member of the Ohio Manufactured Housing Association board of directors. He serves as chairman of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Association and on the Louisville Show Committee. He spearheaded the enactment of a consumer relations program within the Ohio Attorney General's office
 
James P. Visser, Sr.
The Journal
Georgia
Class of 2007  
Member - James P. Visser, Sr. (312)He is a major promoter of industry trade shows and events via his publication and provides a forum for major organizations to communicate with the manufactured housing industry. As a sounding board for industry opinion, his publication has provided a vehicle for open discussion and industry growth.
 
Donald J. Walter
Starcraft RV Inc.
Indiana
Class of 2007  
Member - Donald J. Walter (313)He is a founding member and Co-Chairman of the Go RVing Coalition and was one of the earliest proponents of regional and national marketing for the industry. He is a past chairman of the RV Indiana Committee and has served for over 20 years on the RVIA Board of Directors and Public Relations committee. He has made a career ambition to introduce more Americans to the joys of the RV lifestyle.
 
Jerry WilsonDeceased
Cavalier Homes
Alabama
Class of 2007  
Member - Jerry Wilson (314)One of the founders and past chairman of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Institute, and was secretary of the state manufactured housing commission. He is recognized as a 30 year industry leader and mentor to others. He founded and developed two major manufactured housing companies
 
Wilbur Bontrager
Jayco, Inc.
Indiana
Class of 2008  
Member - Wilbur Bontrager (316)An RVIA board member and Past Chairman, also serving on the Standards, and Public and Legislative Affairs committees, he is recognized as a key leader in the development and implementation of programs to promote the RV industry. He was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award. His company is recognized for its attention to innovation and quality, and a high level of integrity with its dealers, consumers, and employees. He is a second generation Hall of Fame member, his late father, Lloyd, having been a member of the class of 1994.
 
Gordon Collins
Fleetwood Industries
California
Class of 2008  
Member - Gordon Collins (317)For over 50 years he has been an active promoter of the manufactured housing industry in both the U.S. and Canada. He has served as a key leader of product development and national sales manager for housing manufacturers and as a successful retailer, always maintaining a high level of activity with, and support for, local, national, and Canadian industry associations. He received the coveted J.E. Wells award from the Trailer Coach Association in 1971. In his retirement, he continues to travel the country by RV as an ambassador for the manufactured housing and RV industries and a highly valued communication link between many of the industry pioneers.
 
Edward Hussey, Jr.
Liberty Homes
Indiana
Class of 2008  
Member - Edward Hussey, Jr. (318)A champion of legislation supporting the housing industry and protecting its consumers, he has led the campaigns to update the HUD code and was the key leader of the effort which passed the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. A long time board member and now Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform. He is an active member of many state and national associations and has represented the industry before the US Congress on many occasions. Ed was recognized in 2003 as The Journal's "Manufactured Housing Industry Person of the Year." He is a second generation Hall of Fame member, his father Edward Sr. having been a member of the class of 1995.
 
William KormeierDeceased
Nordyne
Missouri
Class of 2008  
Member - William Kormeier (319)A long time champion for the manufactured housing industry, he has worked with numerous manufacturers to develop and promote a great many HVAC products to enhance the comfort and livability of affordable housing. He was an active member of MHI from the time of its inception. He has been an advocate for the industry to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. He developed the only 90+ percent efficiency Energy Star furnace to fit in a manufactured home footprint. He was The Journal's "Manufactured Housing Industry Person of the Year" in 2005.
 
Don Magary
RV News/Web Site Management
Arizona
Class of 2008  
Member - Don Magary (320)A strong promoter of the RV lifestyle as a writer and editor of RV News magazine, he is recognized as a champion of many industry causes always focusing on what is best for the entire RV industry. He is also recognized as the key pioneer in the industry's use of the Internet designing and developing web sites for hundreds of industry companies and associations. He is also co-founder of one of the most successful portal web sites for the RV industry - rvamerica.com
 
Darryl Searer
Ultra-Fab Products
Indiana
Class of 2008  
Member - Darryl Searer (321)A long time promoter of the RV industry he has served over 20 years on the RVIA Public Relations Committee, as President of the RV Aftermarket Association, member of the Go RVing Coalition and board member of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. AS Vice President of Sales & Maarketing, he led Dometic to record sales and profits in the 1980s. He has been a Member of the Consumer Care Commission, FMCA Commercial Council, RVIA Public Relations Committee and Committee on Excellence, RVAftermarket Association Board of Directors, and the Go RVing Board of Directors.
 
Wade F.B. ThompsonDeceased
Thor Industries
Ohio
Class of 2008  
Member - Wade F.B. Thompson (322)He is the founder and Chairman of Thor Industries having built his company into America's largest RV and small bus manufacturer by acquiring Hi-Lo, Airstream, General Coach, El Dorado, National Coach, Dutchman, Four Winds, Komfort, Champion Bus, Keystone, Damon, Breckenridge, Crossroads RV, Goshen Coach and the start up of Thor California. It is also recognized as the leading small passenger bus manufacturer making innovative fuel cell powered, zero emissions, transit buses. He is a strong supporter of industry training and educational programs and, from its inception, has been a key promoter of the Go RVing campaign.
 
William H. TurneyDeceased
Florida Manufactured Housing Association
Florida
Class of 2008  
Member - William H. Turney (323)He is recognized as having been a dynamic industry leader as a housing retailer, association officer, Florida's representative on the National Manufactured Housing Federation, and Assistant Executive Director of the Florida MH Association. He was identified as a consummate ambassador for manufactured housing and was the 1992 recipient of the MHI Chairman's award for his contributions to the industry. He was a founding member and 18 year board member of the Manufactured Housing Education Institute.
 
Donald W. Wallace
Lazy Days RV
Florida
Class of 2008  
Member - Donald W. Wallace (324)He is recognized for building the nation's largest RV dealership and for his years of dedicated support to the Florida RV Supershow, the Go RVing campaign, and many other RVDA and RVIA events for over 30 years. An early promoter of the Go RVing campaign, he conceived and built the nation's first RV retail Super Center with over 1,000 units on display, over 250 60-foot service bays, a Camping World store, a 300 site RV park, a Cracker Barrel Restaurant and a Flying J Travel Plaza included in his complex. He is recognized for having set an industry standard for professionalism, customer service and product training that is emulated by dealers coast to coast.
 
Frank Walter
Manufactured Housing Institute
Virginia
Class of 2008  
Member - Frank Walter (325)A 23 year Vice President of Technical Activities for the institute, he is recognized for his leadership and knowledge of engineering, design, and construction issues in the industry. For over 2 decades, he has been recognized as the leading authority on HUD Code home matters. He served 7 years as Secretary of the Manufactured Housing Research Alliance, formed to further advance technology in manufactured housing. For more than a dozen years, he escorted Housing and Urban Development Department staff members on tours of manufactured housing plants to give them first hand knowledge of the industry. He is a recipient of the Earl Swett Standards Award for outstanding technical contributions to the industry. Upon his retirement, the award was renamed the Frank Walter Standards Award in his honor.
 
Richard BaidasDeceased
General RV Centers
Michigan
Class of 2009  
Member - Richard Baidas (336) Dick was a long-term industry promoter and board member of the Michigan MH and RV Association. He has been a principal in the founding and development of 10 different RV and housing manufacturers. He built his RV dealership into the largest in the state of Michigan and the largest in the country at one time. He worked diligently providing leadership to the marketing and public relations efforts of promotional shows throughout Michigan
 
Susan  Bray
Good Sam Club
California
Class of 2009  
Member - Susan  Bray (337)Sue has for 30 years lead the RV industry's largest RV consumer organization. Under her leadership, the club has grown from 200,000 members to over one million today. She has served for 25 years on the board of directors for the American Recreation Coalition, and on the advisory board for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Scenic Byways program. For 25 years she has been a valued collaborator with the RVIA Legal Affairs Staff. She was a key promoter representing RV users on the Take Pride in America program to increase volunteer service on public lands that has been adopted by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management. She was awarded the coveted RVIA Legislative Award in 1990. Her enthusiasm, imagination and personal involvement have helped make the RV lifestyle what it is today.
 
Kevin Clayton
Clayton Homes
Tennessee
Class of 2009  
Member - Kevin Clayton (338)Kevin has been named the Manufactured Housing Institute's Industry Person of the Year 3 times. He has long served on the MHI Board of Directors and Executive Committee and on the HUD Code Regulatory Reform Task Force. He is the leader of what has been identified as the most dynamic team in the housing industry. He was the leader of the sale of his company to Berkshire Hathaway giving an enormous credibility boost to the industry. Under his leadership, his company has grown to 38 home building facilities and 454 model home centers.
 
Timothy J DeWitt
MMHRVCA
Michigan
Class of 2009  
Member - Timothy J DeWitt (339)As a 30 year Executive Director of the Michigan association, Tim is recognized by his peers and his members as a dynamic spokesperson for the MH and RV industries and a leader in the development of positive promotions for both. Under his leadership, his association has grown to represent over 1,000 members. He was the 1991 recipient of the Steiner Award presented to the manufactured housing industry executive of the year. In 1991, he established the Harvest Education Foundation to establish and support educational opportunities for individuals who wish to make a career in the RV, campground, or manufactured housing industries. Since its inception, Harvest has granted over $250,000 in scholarship support to over 450 students.
 
Hal Fowler
DTI
Indiana
Class of 2009  
Member - Hal Fowler (340)Hal has built what is now the largest distribution center in the country for supplying repair parts to RV dealers and RV repair facilities with warehouses throughout North America. He has served as a board member of the Warehouse Distributors Association and as an active member of RVDA. He is recognized for his practice of maintaining a huge inventory of parts for obsolete and orphaned RV appliances and other items. His stated goal has been to develop at least two new programs each year to benefit his varied customers. Among these has been his commitment to overnight shipping and next day delivery of service parts. He was the 1996 RV Industry Executive of the Year.
 
David GarvinDeceased
Camping World
Kentucky
Class of 2009  
Member - David Garvin (341)David built the world's largest RV accessory and service business, and owned and operated a large RV park. He revolutionized the marketing of RV aftermarket products and services with customer satisfaction as the guide. His personal philosophy of "No unhappy customers - not one" helped him to change the face of the RV accessory business in America leading many RV dealers to change the way they served their customers with aftermarket supplies. He conceived and developed America's leading firm providing direct mail distribution of RV supplies to the consumer and bringing mass marketing techniques to the RV industry. He originated Camping World University, a school to train RV technicians.
 
Donald Glisson
Triad Financial Services
Florida
Class of 2009  
Member - Donald Glisson (342)Donald has served on the board of state and regional manufactured housing associations. A long time manufactured housing finance leader, his efforts have brought over 250 commercial banks into serving the MH industry. He was honored as the MHI Lender of the Year for four consecutive years. After personally taking over a bankrupt small local finance institution, he built it into a highly respected national leader. In ten years after having taken control, he had paid back over $3 million in old debt to previous creditors. Not one of his company's commercial bank partners has ever lost money on a manufactured housing loan. His insistence on ethics and doing the right thing has led his company to become a major force in manufactured housing nationally today.
 
Jake HannonDeceased
AAA Mobile Homes
Arizona
Class of 2009  
Member - Jake Hannon (343)Jake served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Manufactured Housing Association and as its President and was one of the founders of the Arizona Image campaign. He grew his business to become Arizona's #1 housing retailer, and at one time, the largest in the country with over $60 million in annual sales. He established an early customer service program. He developed a popular market research program for housing retailers, and developed 11 sales centers with annual sales of $52 million. He originated Arizona's first formal training program for manufactured housing sales professionals. He developed the country's first Hispanic marketing campaign targeting Arizona's Hispanic population. He was twice elected MHIs national retailer of the year.
 
Kristian Jensen Jr.Deceased
Jensens Inc
Connecticutt
Class of 2009  
Member - Kristian Jensen Jr. (344)He is a respected member of the MHI Board and Chairman of MHI Communities Council, Northeast MHA, New England MHA and the seven state associations in states where he has communities. He was the National Community Operator of the Year in 2000. He led the successful campaign to get manufactured housing treated as real estate in Connecticut and New Hampshire where it is now deeded and taxed as all other real estate. Has received recognition for the best land-lease community in the nation in both the over 150 sites, and under 150 sites classes. His company manages over 4,500 manufactured housing sites.
 
Peter J Liegl
Forest River
Indiana
Class of 2009  
Member - Peter J Liegl (345)Pete is a long time industry executive and promoter having developed several companies. Starting in 1996, he built his current company through development and acquisition into the nation's largest manufacturer of towable RVs and Elkhart County's largest employer, providing jobs for over 6,500 workers. He has, for many years, been an imaginative entrepreneur and active cheerleader for the RV industry. He is most publicly recognized for building his company into the industry's largest privately owned manufacturer and selling it to Warren Buffett, bringing the prestige of Berkshire Hathaway into the RV industry
 
Raymond BassettDeceased
Parkwood Homes
Indiana
Class of 2010  
Member - Raymond Bassett (346)Ray served on the boards of MHMA, Fleetwood, Champion, Redman and others. A highly regarded industry inventor and visionary; he patented a knock-down mobile home which was stacked for overseas shipment and erected on site, developed full length factory made screen-room additions for Florida park models, and developed a transport system for early Park Models. Ray and his companies were active members and supporters of state associations and shows in 5 states
 
Jim BoytsDeceased
Skyline Corp
Indiana
Class of 2010  
Member - Jim Boyts (347)For nearly 50 years, Jim was involved in national and international sales of manufactured homes. He was responsible for representing his company on over ten state and national association boards and, for many years, was his companys representative to MHI. He served on many major show committees. He was instrumental in leading a strategic planning conference creating a separate RV Council within the Indiana MHA which gave the RV industry equal footing in the state association. He was the 1987 recipient of the prestigious Jack Wells Award from the California MHI.
 
Rex Elvin FloydDeceased
Floyd's RV of Norman
Oklahoma
Class of 2010  
Member -  Rex Elvin Floyd (348)A recognized leader in Oklahoma RV matters for over 40 years, he served 12 years on the RVDA national board including 3 as an officer during the downturn of the early 80s. He was a leader in the early days of organizing a national market expansion program which became todays Go RVing effort. He was the first dealer to receive the Jim Summers award. Duriing his tenure as RVDA Chairman, he pushed education as a service that must be provided to members and chaired the RVDA Education Committee and served on the board of the RVDA Education Foundation.
 
Jim Fogdall
Ace Fogdall RV
Iowa
Class of 2010  
Member - Jim Fogdall (349)A 44 year RVDA member, Jim has been recognized as Trailer Life Dealer of the Year 1988, RVDA Chairmans Award 2003, Jim Summers Award 2004. Served on the boards of RVDA (Chairman), Service Technician Schools (Chairman), RV Assistance Corp., and RVDA Education Foundation (Chairman). He is a founding member of the RVDA Technician Certification Board.
 
Jerry Haggadone
Champion Homes
Nebraska
Class of 2010  
Member - Jerry Haggadone (350)Jim is a long term member of the North Central MHI board and the state associations for South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Oklahoma. A Nebraska State Motor vehicle Licensing Board member, he has been a key leader in getting legislation to bring Modular Homes into acceptance throughout the North Central region. Over 22 years as a Kansas City MH Show board member. Jerry helped to establish the Omaha MH Show. He is a retired RV/MH Heritage Foundation board member.
 
Morris Hylton, Jr
Hylton Homes
Kentucky
Class of 2010  
Member - Morris Hylton, Jr (351)He is a 30 year member of KMHI serving 4 terms as its President where he lobbied both national and state legislatures successfully for many manufactured housing issues. For many years he has been a member of t he Louisville Show Committee. Morris served as the KMHI representative to the National MH Federation, and as President of East Kentucky Homebuilders Association. He is a long time promoter of 100% customer satisfaction as a guide for his business. He worked tirelessly to adopt the issue of blanket permits for transporters delivering homes in Kentucky saving industry companies millions of dollars.
 
Don Lougheed
RV Group Inc
Texas
Class of 2010  
Member -  Don Lougheed (352)Don is one of the founders of RVDA and a 40 year board member serving in many positions including President. He produced the RV industrys first technician flat rate manual, researching time needed for installation, service, or repair of RV components. With stores in New York and Texas, he had one of the first multi-state RV dealerships.
 
Jess Maxcy
CMHI
California
Class of 2010  
Member - Jess Maxcy (353)Jess has 44 years of service in promotion and development of the manufactured housing industry, He has been involved in all aspects of housing manufacturing with 3 different manufacturers. He has dynamically led the California association as board member and president since 1986. He was the 1992 recipient of the Jack Wells Award. As V.P of Redman Homes RV division he directed RV factories in California Oregon and Texas.
 
Carl Pfalzgraf
Atwood Mobile Products
Indiana
Class of 2010  
Member - Carl Pfalzgraf (354)Carl served 18 years on the RVIA Board, Education Committee Chairman (led the group that devised the RVIA industry education program), Board Chairman. He was the 98 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Industry Award. Led his company marketing for 1st electronic ignition water heater, first ball screw lifting devices, first light weight furnace with noise reduction and many others. He was the 1998 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award and the 2000 recipient of the prestigious Industry Pioneer Award.
 
Jeff Wick
Wick Building Systems
Wisconsin
Class of 2010  
Member - Jeff Wick (355)A long term MHI Board member, Jeff was the MHI Chairman in 93 and 94. He led the effort to get MHI funding for the Hall of Fame. Jeff led the effort to establish wind zones for HUD wind code standards saving the manufactured housing industry thousands of dollars. He has been a strong proponent for a customer focus in manufactured housing design and production. He pioneered panelized home and commercial building construction building homes and motels in panelized format including motels with over 100 units.
 
Clarence T Yoder
Carriage RV
Indiana
Class of 2010  
Member - Clarence T Yoder (356)During the 30 plus years he led his company, C.T. was the primary research and development officer always seeking innovations in comfort and function. He pioneered seamless fiberglass end caps on RVs in 1969. Pioneered motorized slide outs on fifth-wheels, developed the flat floor fifth wheel concept with no step up into the bed room, he holds the patents on hurricane straps for slide outs and for the No A Frame design in travel trailers. He was a 30 year RVIA member and show participant.
 
George  Allen
GFA Management
Indiana
Class of 2011  
Member - George  Allen (357)A 33 year association activist, consultant and industry promoter with Indiana and Illinois MHA, he was a founding board member of the National Communities Council of MHI. He is author of several books on MH community management and publisher of The Allen Letter, a widely read monthly newsletter for community managers. In 2001 he received the National Institute of Real Estate Managements J. Wallace Paletou Award for career management excellence.
 
Robert Azevedo
Alpine RV
California
Class of 2011  
Member - Robert Azevedo (358)In 35 years as RV dealer, he was the founder of California RV Dealers Assn, and South Bay Dealers Assn. A founding member of RVDA and long time board member he served as national Chairman in 84-85. he is a recipient of the coveted James B Summers Award. After retiring and selling his dealership, he has become a highly respected 20 group facilitator and consultant to RV dealers in the US and Canada for over 25 years..
 
Leonard Brown
West Valley View
New York
Class of 2011  
Member - Leonard Brown (359)A long time New York MHA leader, and Pennsylvania MHA leader, he was MHI Retailer of the Year in 2000 & 2001. The Founder of Volume Buyers LLC, a combine with 45 housing retailers, and founder of Low Management, a MH transportation firm with 14 vehicles, he is a developer of communities with over 500 homesites. He worked with the North Eastern states Departments of Transportation to structure similar transport laws from state to state.
 
Harold 'Hal' GerringDeceased
Gerring Industries
Indiana
Class of 2011  
Member - Harold 'Hal' Gerring (360)A pioneer and leader in manufactured housing, RVs, and van conversions, he was recognized as a leading innovator. As founder of Holly Park Homes, he pioneered 8 foot ceilings and dormer windows in manufactured homes. In Ger/Win vans, he pioneered fiberglass sidewalls and headliners in van conversions. In Amerigo he pioneered fold out sleeping areas on RVs before slide outs became popular.
 
Bill GormanDeceased
Gorman Planning
Virginia
Class of 2011  
Member - Bill Gorman (361)The 1994 recipient of the James B Summers award from RVDA, he was a recognized expert on dealership management. He helped lead many small start-up dealerships into industry mega-dealer giants. He authored articles for most RV trade publications and wrote the Dealership General Operations Manual, and developed the Dealer Management Systems accounting proceedures. His clients were among the most respected and successful dealers in America.
 
Larry Huttle
Airstream
Ohio
Class of 2011  
Member - Larry Huttle (362)Recognized for his outstanding leadership qualities, he has returned Airstream from an aging, failing company to a position of industry respect and leadership. He has been instrumental in Thor Industries involvement in and support of many industry associations. He has served as an ambassador not only for his company but for the entire industry through his enthusiasm and his integrity.
 
James Knott
J & B Homes
New Mexico
Class of 2011  
Member - James Knott (363)A 25 year member of New Mexico MHA, He was a key member of the MHI effort to pass Federal Energy Star Legislation, and led the successful New Mexico effort to get manufactured housing titled as real property for access to lending dollars. He was the MHI Retailer of the Year in 2008. and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from New Mexico MHA. His positions include Federated States delegate, National Retail Council delegate, and Installation Standards Task Force member. He worked with the US Senate to get Energy Star Tax Credit included in the Energy Bill and to get it extended for 3 years.
 
John  Martin
MHI
Virginia
Class of 2011  
Member - John  Martin (364)He served as Executive VP of the Trailer Coach Association where he organized the first Dodger Stadium Manufactured Housing/RV Show in 1965. In 1968, he became CEO of Mobile Home Manufacturers Association where he led the move from Chicago to Washington DC in 1969 and through the merger with TCA and SEMHI helped form MHI in 1975. He was one of the early board members of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 1972 where he became an honorary lifetime supporting member of the foundation. In 1967 he was named California Housing Commissioner by Gov. Ronald Reagan.
 
Mike  Schneider
Affinity Group
California
Class of 2011  
Member - Mike   Schneider (365)A long time member of the Go RVing Coalition and RVIA Public Relations Committee, he and his company are among the strongest proponents of the RV lifestyle. He led his company to become the largest consumer organization (publications, clubs, shows, and retail outlets) in the country. As a writer, publisher, manager and chief executive, Mike has been an able and active promoter of the RV industry and the RV lifestyle.
 
James F Shea Jr.
Fairmont Homes / Gulfstream Coach
Indiana
Class of 2011  
Member - James F Shea Jr. (366)One of the founders of MHARR and a leader in the promotion of affordable quality homes, he was a leader in the development of the landmark Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. He was Ohio MHAs outstanding manufacturer in all years from 2001 to 2006, and was recognized in 2002 with the National Association of Home Builders National Housing Quality Award. He was a member of the Midwest MH Show committee and served as Advertising Chairman.
 
Michael R. Evans
Centennial Homes
Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Class of 2012  
Member - Michael R. Evans (367)A housing retailer with locations in 4 states serving customers in 10 states and providing affordable housing to over 12,000 families. He has served 20 years on the board of the South Dakota Housing Association and the North Central Manufactured Housing Institute. He has served several governors on issues of manufactured housing taxation, movement and zoning.
 
Doug  Gorman
Home-Mart
Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Class of 2012  
Member - Doug   Gorman (368)He was a charter member of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Consensus Committee as the only housing retailer on the committee. He is Past-Chairman of the MHI Federated States Division representing retailers and community operators and has been recognized 9 times as MHI Retail Center of the Year. He has served as chairman of the Great Southwest Home Show.
 
Nelson and Mary Emily  JacksonDeceased
Ocean Lakes Family RV Park
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Class of 2012  
Member - Nelson and Mary Emily  Jackson (369)Beginning in the early 1970s with 30 RV sites, they built their campground into a community which now provides sites for 3,449 RVs. They were recognized as National RV Park of the Year in 1997, 98, 99, 02, 03, 08, 09 and 2011-12. In 2006 they were honored by the South Carolina Governor for their efforts in promoting tourism in the state. They have, for 40 years been active in national, state and local campground associations where they have served as mentors to campground operators nationwide..
 
Edith  LaneDeceased
Loners on Wheels
Deming, New Mexico.
Class of 2012  
Member - Edith  Lane (370)As the founder, in 1969, and leader of the national club for single RV travelers now having chapters throughout the US and in Canada she served for 15 years as President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Beginning with 9 charter members the club has grown to over 5,000 international members. Developer of 3 RV Parks targeting single RVers and a longtime columnist on the RV lifestyle in national consumer magazines. Because of her early vision, most RV clubs now have a chapter for singles.
 
Gerald  Meuret
Housing Mart of Wausau
Wausau, Wisconsin
Class of 2012  
Member - Gerald  Meuret (371)While growing his company, he served 32 years on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance including terms as chairman in 81, 83-84, and in 1990. As the only 3 term chairman of his association, he developed such credibility that 100% of the producers in his state became members. He has been a firm advocate of customer service while providing thousands of families with homes. He is recognized as having changed the perception of manufactured housing for the better in Wisconsin.
 
Bob  Olson
Winnebago Industries
Forest City, Iowa
Class of 2012  
Member - Bob   Olson (372)Beginning as an hourly production worker, he grew through the ranks to become Chairman and CEO of Winnebago. He has been a veteran member of the RVIA Executive Committee serving as both treasurer and secretary and Co-Chairman of the highly successful Go RVing Coalition. He built his company's reputation for commitment to service to both his dealers and his customers.
 
Stanley  Sunshine
Stag-Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia.
Class of 2012  
Member - Stanley   Sunshine (373)As president of his company, he served on the board of the RV Aftermarket Association from 1991 to 1999 including terms as chairman in 98 and 99. He served on the RVIA board from 2002 to 2010 as chairman of the Supplier Committee. He is a long time champion of the RV Learning Center and promoting efficiency in the industry.
 
Ellwood A.  TitcombDeceased
Americorp
Lake Helen, Florida
Class of 2012  
Member - Ellwood A.  Titcomb (374)As the President of Americorp, he has, since the 1940s, pioneered the development of housing communities throughout the country. His efforts were key in getting oversize homes permitted on New England highways where he was President of the New England Mobile Home Association. He pioneered no steps ground level home placement in communities in New England, California, and Florida.
 
Perry  YoderDeceased
L&W Engineering
Middlebury, Indiana,
Class of 2012  
Member - Perry   Yoder (375)He served the RV industry with 4 manufacturers and with a component supplier. In 1975, he patented a slide-out mechanism for RVs. A member of the IMHA-RVIC board from 1978 to 2001, he served 3 terms as RV Council Chairman; he also served as chairman of the Midwest RV Show committee. In 1990 he was named association Citizen of the Year
 
Mary Irene  YounkinDeceased
Greenlawn Companies
Columbus, Ohio
Class of 2012  
Member - Mary Irene   Younkin (376)A 60+ year veteran of the RV and housing industry, she chaired the Ohio MHA convention for 12 years and has served the OHIO MHA for over 30 years. For many years, she directed the RV side of the family business while her husband, Floyd, directed the housing sales and communities. She founded Dycom Industries to develop housing communities and promote the use of fiber optics in Florida. Mrs. Younkin joins her late husband and her son in the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
 
Craig M. Bollman
Homefree Village Resorts
Colorado
Class of 2013  
Member - Craig M. Bollman  (378)He founded the first publicly traded company to operate land-lease communities, establishing credibility for housing communities on Wall Street that grew to provide over 12,000 home sites. He successfully lobbied for creative zoning for senior citizen communities in Colorado. He represented MH communities on an advisory council to the small business administration. He has also created a very upscale RV resort providing a unique brand of luxury to the RV world. He created a concept of fractional time shares where a resident of one of his communities could share access with residents of other communities.
 
Theresa M.  Desfosses
State Manufactured Homes
Maine
Class of 2013  
Member - Theresa M.  Desfosses (379)Since 1968 she has led her company in retail sales of both HUD code and modular homes and the development and management of communities providing over 600 home sites in Maine and New Hampshire. As president of Burlington Homes, a HUD code manufacturer, she is the only woman to be the active leader simultaneously in all three divisions (retail, community and manufacturing) of the industry. She is a founding member of the Maine Manufactured Housing Association and a board member of the Manufactured Association for Regulatory Reform.
 
Kirwan M.  Elmers
Custom Coach
Ohio
Class of 2013  
Member - Kirwan M.  Elmers (380)Kirwan co-founded Custom Coach in 1955 with his father, and his company was the first to commercially convert buses into RVs. He has served on the Family Motor Coach Association’s Commercial Council since the mid 1960s and was chairman from 1990 to 1999. In 1956, he installed the first automatic transmission in an inter-city bus shell. He installed the first back up cameras in RVs in 1965 and was the first to install cruise control in buses in 1967. As the “father of the bus conversion industry”, he has for over 50 years, been a leader in introducing hundreds of musicians, sports figures and other celebrities to the benefits of luxury tour bus travel.
 
Clarence M.  ForeDeceased
Foretravel
Texas
Class of 2013  
Member - Clarence M.  Fore (381)An early motor home manufacturer who started with a home-made coach built for personal use in his driveway, he was one of the early users of fiberglass front and rear caps and side panels. He pioneered dual roof air conditioning units, and was the first to build monocoque “uni-body” coaches. He was one of the first to build type A diesel pusher coaches. He pioneered an 8 bag air suspension system. He promoted the concept of factory stores by placing sales operations in key cities around the nation. He was one of the first to develop an owners club to provide communication and services for his consumer body.
 
Lawrence C.  Lippert
Lippert Components
Indiana
Class of 2013  
Member - Lawrence C.  Lippert (382)Beginning his company in 1955 with two employees, he built it into the largest component supplier in the industry. He provides everything from frames and chassis to roof materials for both homes and RVs. He introduced the welded “I” beam to manufactured housing frames. His products have included axles, countertops, mattresses, draperies and furniture. Now the patriarch of a third generation family led company, he is recognized for building a generous corporate citizen employing over 4500 workers in 12 states.
 
Thomas P.  Meyers
Guerdon Industries
Kentucky
Class of 2013  
Member - Thomas P.  Meyers (383)A recognized industry pioneer and innovator, he became President in 1968, and led Guerdon during a dynamic 6 year growth period into the nation’s largest home builder with 57 manufacturing plants nationwide. He led the move to provide overseas outlets for manufactured homes. It is said that one of Tom’s greatest contributions was his ability to recruit and develop top leaders to the industry. In 1984, he founded Meyers and Associates Consulting providing his unique services to many industry companies.
 
Claude  PalmerDeceased
Palmer Homes
New York
Class of 2013  
Member - Claude  Palmer (384)In 48 years of service, starting by reconditioning used homes in his back yard, Claude became a leader in housing retail for southern New York and northern Pennsylvania, he developed his own community, and created Custome Modular Homes to manufacture unique custom units for his residents. He was the first in his region to offer land/home financing packages to his customers. Through the years he has received top dealer recognition from many manufacturers including Skyline, Fairmont, Liberty, Commodore and Fleetwood.
 
Mathew M.  PerlotDeceased
Safari Motor Coach
Oregon
Class of 2013  
Member - Mathew M.  Perlot (385)An innovative manufacturer, he introduced affordable diesel pushers to the industry. He created the electronic “magic bed” that rose to the ceiling to greatly expand the living space in his smaller coaches. His use of side-aisle floor plans opened the door for a wide variety of interior designs. His introduction of automatic awnings was a well received convenience for RVers. Identified as an industry rebel for his unconventional approach to the industry, he was honored as the 1994 RV Industry Executive of the Year.
 
Thomas R.  Walworth
Statistical Surveys
Michigan
Class of 2013  
Member - Thomas R.  Walworth (386)For over 30 years, he has served as keeper of the “official” scorecard for production and sales in both the RV and manufactured housing industries. In over 20 years on the RVIA Market Information Committee he has led the distribution of retail data to the industry. 10 years ago he began accumulation and distributing the information to now also serve the Canadian market. Over 25 years, his information distribution has progressed from a quarterly journal in print to 24 hour immediate digital access.
 
Debbie Brunoforte
Little Dealer, Little Prices
Arizona
Class of 2014  
Member - Debbie Brunoforte (387)As a second generation RV retailer, she has provided exemplary leadership to the industry both regionally and nationally. She has won customer satisfaction awards from every manufacturer she represented. Serving many years on the RVDA board of directors, she was chairman in 2009 and 2010. As an active member of the GoRVing Coalition, she chaired the GoRVing Parts Task Force from 2005 to 2008. She serves on the governing board of the joint RVDA-RVIA Technician Certification program. She received the RVDA Chairman’s Service Award in 2006 and in 2008. She was a founding member of the Arizona RV Dealers Association. She was selected as one of RV Business Magazine’s 100 most influential people in RV history.
 
Barry Cole
Manufactured Housing Insurance Services
California
Class of 2014  
Member - Barry Cole (392)A founding member of the California Manufactured Housing Institute, he has served continuously on its board since 1988 including 4 years as chairman. Serving the industry as a retailer, manufacturer, community owner and service provider, he is the only member to have served on the MHI Board of Governors representing 3 different industry divisions. He is a recipient of the Jack E. Wells Award from CMHI and the Retailer of the Year Award from California Mobile Home Park Owners Alliance. He has also served as chairman of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation.
 
Ed Evans
EPM
California
Class of 2014  
Member - Ed Evans (393)In a career beginning in 1969 he has developed and managed 10 manufactured housing communities and one RV resort. As an industry activist he has served 10 years on the board of Western Manufactured Housing Community Owners Association including as president in 1979 and 1980. He was on the committee which led to the formation of the California Manufactured Housing Institute. He was the founding president of the Manufactured Housing Educational Trust that protects the interests of over 200 community owners representing over 600 parks in Southern California. He received CMHI’s Jack E. Wells award in 1990. He was instrumental in securing rights for 14 wide home movement in California.
 
Thomas  Kern
Style Crest Enterprises
Ohio
Class of 2014  
Member - Thomas  Kern (394)For over 40 years he has been a respected supplier of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning products and foundation components for the manufactured housing industry. He was the National Supplier of the Year for MHI in 1996 and 1998 and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. In 2000, he was the MHI Person of the Year. In 2001 he was recognized as Supplier of the Year by the Journal for Manufactured Housing Professionals. Serving the industry with products from steps to transportation services he has enhanced the industry and the lives of home owners. His company has contributed all HVAC services for the Hall of Fame facility.
 
Richard  King
King Insurance
Nebraska
Class of 2014  
Member - Richard  King (395)A 50 year veteran of the finance and insurance industry relating to manufactured housing and RVs, he has served MH and RV dealer and community operators in 12 states. He has been a key leader in assuring that insurance services evolve to meet the needs of the evolving RV and Manufactured Housing industries. He serves industry businesses in 14 states and has served on advisory boards of several insurance companies. He was awarded the Kansas MHA “Man of the Year” award. He is widely recognized for his ability to anticipate future trends and to promote programs to meet a changing industry.
 
Bob Livingston
Good Sam
California
Class of 2014  
Member - Bob Livingston (388)A 43 year veteran of RV publications, he has written popular columns on RV technical topics for over 20 years. He created and produced a popular RV cable television show, “RVToday”, and played a major role in the creation of the Great American RV Rally. He served on the National Fire Protection Association technical committee on RVs. He is the author of the respected Trailer Life RV Maintenance and Repair Manual. He serves on the RVIA Standards Committee and on the Go RVing coalition. In 2003, he was recognized with the RVIA Distinguished Service in Journalism Award. He has helped legions of RVers to have a more enjoyable experience.
 
Gary McDaniel
YES! Communities
Colorado
Class of 2014  
Member - Gary McDaniel (396)A 40 year veteran of manufactured housing real estate development, he has led the development of tens of thousands of family home sites in communities from coast to coast. Active in many state and national manufactured housing associations, he was named “Industry Person of the Year” by the National Manufactured Housing Industry Association in 2001 and was Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute from 2000 to 2002. He currently manages 118 communities in 17 states. His formation of the YES! We Care Charity has provided a much needed lifeline of manpower and funding for communities involved in tornados and other disasters.
 
Peter B Orthwein
Thor Industries, Inc.
Indiana
Class of 2014  
Member - Peter B Orthwein (389)A 35 year industry veteran, he has been instrumental in building his company through acquisition and development into the largest RV manufacturer in the world. He has earned the reputation of strongly encouraging his division leaders to become directly involved in industry organizations and associations of all kinds. Through the years, he has worked with several financial institutions to develop specialized insurance and finance programs to serve the needs of RV manufacturers, dealers, and consumers.
 
John D Roba
Roba and Associates
New York
Class of 2014  
Member - John D Roba (390)An industry aftermarket supplier and manufacturer’s representative since 1972, he was one of the first to serve the industry as a manufacturer’s representative. His was the first company to have identified territories and dedicated staff for each segment of the country. A founding member of the RV Aftermarket Association in 1969, he served as its president in 1992 and 1993. He received the WDA Jim Barker Award in 1988 for his tireless dedication to the RV aftermarket industry. Joining the Pennsylvania RV Association in 1980, he became its chairman from 1998 to 2000. He received the prestigious John Serro Achievement Award in 1988.
 
James F  ShieldsDeceased
Pan Pacific RV Centers
California
Class of 2014  
Member - James F  Shields (391)A 38 year veteran RV dealer, he was co-founder of the California RV Dealers Association, and has served several terms as its Chairman. A 14 year RVDA board member, he was its National Chairman in 2006 and 07 and was the 2013 recipient of the coveted James B. Summer Award. Starting in 1985 he grew his dealership from a single location with less than $1 million in sales to one with 3 super stores and over $30 Million in sales. From 2003 to 2008 he was a director of the RVDA Education Foundation. He has repeatedly donated his time and knowledge to assist struggling RV dealers, thus advancing the growth and reputation of the RV industry. He was the RVDA Western Region “Quality Dealer of the Year” in 2000.
 
Bert Alanko
MBA Insurance of Arizona, Inc.
Arizona
Class of 2015  
Member - Bert Alanko (397)In a career of nearly four decades, Bert Alanko developed the first viable and sustainable RV rental insurance for rental dealers so they could rent RVs to consumers without the burden of total liability. Among his achievements, Bert established and hosts the annual MBA Rental School, tailored to dealers and individuals planning on a starting an RV rental business. Since its inception in 1999, the school has educated approximately 1,000 students. As far as volunteerism, few can match his record. For 20 years, he served as chairman of RVDA's RV Rental Association. He earned the RVDA Chairman's Service Award and also RVDA's highest honor, the James B. Summers Award.
 
Patricia Fiederer
Latham Homes of Oneonta New York
New York
Class of 2015  
Member - Patricia Fiederer (402)Patricia is respected and admired by her peers for her high level of professionalism, trust and an unwavering commitment to her customers and the industry. Since 1972, Patricia has worked at Latham Homes of Oneonta New York and now serves as president. She has also been the park developer of several MH communities. Her volunteer work includes being a member of the New York Housing Association for 40 years and on its board of directors for 33 years. She served in all executive and leadership positions from president to secretary and treasurer; and she served on the Town Of Worcester Planning Board for more than 20 years. She was inducted into the New York Housing Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
 
Sherman Goldenberg
RV Business Magazine
Indiana
Class of 2015  
Member - Sherman Goldenberg (398)For nearly 30 years, Sherman Goldenberg has worked tirelessly to support and promote the RV industry and is known for his journalistic honesty and integrity. He joined RV Business magazine in the mid-1980s as Midwest editor and worked his way up to become editor and then publisher. He is now co-owner and publisher of RV Business and Woodall's Campground Management magazines and is the only RV trade journalist to receive both RVIA's 'David Humphreys RV Unity Award' and the 'Distinguished Service in Journalism Award.' He has been the driving force of the successful RV Industry Power Breakfast and helped create the "RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards" program, developed to recognize the nation's best RV dealers.
 
Paul Hanser
HWH Corporation
Iowa
Class of 2015  
Member - Paul Hanser (399)Paul Hanser is an engineer, inventor, innovator and a manufacturer of quality products unparalleled in the RV industry. He pioneered using computerized hydraulics to level RVs, and has developed many more quality products since 1967. He holds more than 56 patents. His volunteer works include writing and editing a hydraulics manual for the RVIA and was instrumental in helping the RVIA develop the CAN specifications and language. He also provided training for thousands of technicians in basic and advanced hydraulics as well as electronics. Universally known and respected for this honesty, fairness and hard work, Paul Hanser is thought of by many in the industry as an engineering rock star and a visionary entrepreneur.
 
Jerry James
Franklin Homes
Alabama
Class of 2015  
Member - Jerry James (403)Jerry W. James, who founded Franklin Homes in Russellville, Alabama, is a man of vision and leadership ability. For more than four decades, he has been both a trailblazer and innovator, pressing manufactured housing forward to reach its full potential, and offering homes that are not only affordable, but also renowned throughout the industry for their advanced designs and features. Jerry worked tirelessly to improve and promote manufactured homes serving on the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission, as well as the boards of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) and the Southeast Manufactured Housing Institute.
 
Joe Kelly
Iowa Manufactured Housing Association
Iowa
Class of 2015  
Member - Joe Kelly (404)As executive director of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) for over 33 years, Joe Kelly is universally respected by members, home owners as well as Iowa legislators for his innovative leadership and service to the industry in Iowa. Joe is responsible for 114 changes Iowa laws that support the MH industry and ensure access to safe, affordable housing for Iowa's working class. A few of his notable accomplishments include reduction of sales/use tax on pre-owned manufactured homes to zero percent, de-regulation of mobile home parks, and tax reductions for low income, elderly or disabled MH homeowners. In 2009, Joe was the recipient of the RV/MH Hall of Fame's 'Spirit Award' that recognizes individuals that have made significant contributions to the Hall of Fame through their service.
 
Richard A Mendlen
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington DC
Class of 2015  
Member - Richard A Mendlen (405)Rick Mendlen served with integrity and professionalism during his four decades of service at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the chief engineer in the Office of Manufactured Housing, Rick was the primary author of the HUD Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards, which became effective in 1976 and contributed immensely to the high quality and acceptance of manufactured housing as a significant source of single family housing in our nation. Rick was the government's ambassador to the manufactured housing industry. Above all, Rick has always strived to create standards for a safe and durable product while also allowing for innovation and creativity within the industry.
 
Marlene Sine
Marlene Sine and Associates
Michigan
Class of 2015  
Member - Marlene Sine (400)As the first RV industry woman manufacturer's agent, Marlene Sine introduced thousands of products to the industry by educating and training others on how to promote products to the distributor, dealer and consumer. In her more than 50-year career, she volunteered thousands of hours to serve and support many industry associations such as WDA, RVAA, MARVAC, and RVIA, and she's a driving force of the professionalism in today's aftermarket. In addition to being manufacturer's agent, she's also an aftermarket parts and accessories store owner and developed new products for the industry as a supplier. Marlene earned the respect of her colleagues as a person with the highest degree of honesty and integrity.
 
Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas Camper Sales
Missouri
Class of 2015  
Member - Bill Thomas (401)As founder of Bill Thomas Camper Sales in St. Louis, Bill has been a leader in the St. Louis RV community helping organize and manage the Missouri RVDA and the St. Louis RV Dealers. His more than 48 years as a dealer pays tribute to his integrity, and respect he's earned among the thousands of customers he's served over the years. His volunteer work through RVDA is nearly unprecedented. He has held virtually every elected position within the association including a term as national chairman. He is one of the co-founders of the RVDA Education Fondation. RVDA honored Bill with its highest recognition bestowing upon him the prestigious 'James B Summer Award.'
 
Robert West
Fuqua Homes/ California Manufactured Housing Institute
California
Class of 2015  
Member - Robert West (406)As a manufacturer, a founding board member of the California Manufactured Housing Institute (CHMI) and board member of the national Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Robert West's laudable accomplishments cover nearly four decades. As president of Fuqua Homes, and later, Westway Homes, in California, Robert's products were not only known and respected for their quality and innovative designs, but also for their standard-setting commitment to customer service. In 1995, he became president of CMHI and successfully led the association until his retirement in 2004. For his many contributions he was the recipient of CMHI's highest honor in 1985, the Jack E. Wells Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
 
Gary Bunzer
Bunzer Consulting, Inc.
Washington
Class of 2016  
Member - Gary Bunzer (407)Drawing upon a 40-year career as an RV technician and training specialist, Gary Bunzer has established himself as an expert educator to both the RV owner as well as the RV service professional. In the RV industry Gary's name is synonymous with RV technical education and training beginning nearly 40 years ago with his self-created consumer questions and answers column, "The RV Doctor," and its precursor, "Gary Sez." In 1976 he established Bunzer Consulting, Inc., providing dealers with on site classes and also as a featured speaker at industry-sponsored educational expos, trade shows, and national and regional consumer RV shows. He also was the first RV educator to write, produce, and direct specific RV service training videos and DVDs for the professional RV technician and the RV owner. In 2009 Gary was honored by RVIA with its National Education Service Award for contributions to RV technical education.
 
Ernie F. Friesen
All Seasons RV/Redding RV
California
Class of 2016  
Member - Ernie F. Friesen (408)In 1985 Ernie Friesen ended a 20-year career with Nabisco and purchased All Seasons RV Center in Yuba City, California, and ten years later acquired Redding RV Center in Redding, California--both successful businesses today. From the beginning Ernie went far beyond being a great, customer-focused dealer and business owner, he volunteered countless hours in his local communities as well as with the national RVDA and California RVDA. His volunteer leadership helped improve industry education and training, including serving as president of the Sacramento Dealers Association, RVDA board of directors, chairman of RVAM, and RVDA chairman of the board. On the state level Ernie was co-founder of the California RVDA and also served as its president from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, the Yuba City Chamber of Commerce named him Small Businessman of the Year. Then in 2007, RVDA named him the recipient of its James B. Summers Award, the association's top service award.
 
Jay C. HesseDeceased
Blue Ox
Nebraska
Class of 2016  
Member - Jay C. Hesse (409)In 1985 Jay Hesse became president of Automatic Equipment Mfg. Co., a 85-year-old business founded by his grandfather that manufactured products and equipment for the agricultural market. The 1980s were a tough time for the company, mostly because it was a tough time for farmers and the ag industry. Jay was looking to diversify and looked at the RV industry. Automatic acquired Hewitt Tubular Products in 1990, and the RV side of Automatic's business really started to take-off. The line included Blue Ox tow bar assemblies and tow bar accessories, Blue Ox fifth-wheel tailgates for full-size pickups and Rock Stopper tandem wheel trailer chocks. Jay not only proved himself as a businessman, but also, as a dynamic leader, innovator and a generous contributor to industry organizations and causes, both in time and dollars. He joined and served several industry associations including the Warehouse Distributors Association (WDA). For his outstanding leadership Jay was presented with the RV Aftermarket Association's (RVAA) "Jim Barker Person of the Year Award" in 1998. Jay served as a board member and vice president of RV/MH Hall of Fame board of directors - 2011 - 2014, and was actively involved in the Go-RVing Coalition.
 
Ross Kinzler
Wisconsin Housing Alliance
Wisconsin
Class of 2016  
Member - Ross Kinzler (412)Ross Kinzler, recently retired executive director of the Wisconsin Manufactured Housing Association (WMHA), has served the interests and helped guide the Wisconsin manufactured housing industry for more than 25 years, both as an association executive as well as lobbyist. During his tenure, he doubled the association's membership, created a team approach to member services and managed association resources by cutting expenses yet maintaining services in a challenging financial environment for housing. His accomplishments were recognized on a variety of venues including being named MHI Executive Director of the year in 1992 and 2003; inducted into the Wisconsin MH Hall of Fame, served on RV/MH Hall of Fame as a board member and secretary and served on multiple MHI committees such as Government Relations and many other task forces. For his consistent quality work he received Wisconsin's Elmer Frey award.
 
Thomas R. (Tim) McGuire
The Coast Distribution System, Inc.
California
Class of 2016  
Member - Thomas R.  (Tim) McGuire (410)At the age of 21 Thomas R. "Tim" McGuire purchased Coast Fabrication, a small metal fabrication job shop in San Jose, California, in 1964. In 1968 he started manufacturing RV and MH accessory products and put sales teams on the road serving dealers on the west coast. Then he added other manufacturer's products and that was the birth of The Coast Distribution System, Inc. (Coast) He had one warehouse in San Jose, but he wanted to serve dealers in other parts of the country. That wasn't too successful until he had the opportunity to purchase Coachmen RV's Coach-Lite distribution company. Later, he acquired many other regional distributors until he built a national network with 19 warehouses across the country and Canada, becoming the first national RV distribution company. Tim served as chairman of the board until 2014, when he sold his stock in the company and retired..
 
James (Jim) Miller
Nationwide Custom Homes
North Carolina
Class of 2016  
Member - James (Jim) Miller (413)Jim Miller has always been an advocate for the MH industry and has served the industry for over 40 years. After graduation from the University of Georgia, Jim began his career in the housing industry and has served in various sales, marketing and management leadership positions. He began his career as vice president of Sales and Marketing for Redman Homes in Texas. After a successful career with Redman, Jim became president and CEO for Brigadier Homes in Georgia, before joining Coachmen Industries in Elkhart, Indiana as president of Coachmen's Housing Group. Jim also served as executive vice president for Style Crest Industries located in Ohio prior to joining R-Anell Homes in North Carolina, as a consultant. More recently, he became a consultant for Nationwide Custom Homes. Jim was a huge supporter of MHI and was constantly stepping up to the plate as a sponsor for many different fundraising efforts at MHI and other related industry associations such as the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
 
William (Bill)  Overhulser
Del Rey Industries
Michigan
Class of 2016  
Member - William (Bill)  Overhulser (411)In 1952 William (Bill) Overhulser started as a line employee at Richardson Homes, but he had a vision to have his own company. In 1957 he founded Lil' Sport Coach in Elkhart Indiana, and built travel trailers in the family garage. Bill later renamed his company to Del Rey Industries. Bill's innovative contributions to the RV industry are legendary. Bill designed and produced iconic models of truck campers which set the pace for the burgeoning industry. By 1968 Del Rey was the largest producer of truck campers in the nation. His invention of the camper jack developed through Bock Industries changed the way truck campers were handled then and to this day. Bill never sought a patent or received a royalty even though these jacks have been sold by the thousands since the early 1960's. Bill was also one of the founding board members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). After he sold his company to Gladding Industries in 1969, Bill took an early retirement at 42 years old and entered into self-supported-missionary service as a bush pilot in Guatemala where he flew relief supplies and personnel for the government and other organizations after the earthquake in February, 1976.
 
Robert (Bob) Edward RichardsonDeceased
Richardson Homes Corp
Indiana
Class of 2016  
Member - Robert (Bob) Edward Richardson (414)Robert (Bob) Edward Richardson was co-founder of what later became Richardson Homes Corporation in 1945. In 1959, he purchased 100% interest in the company and built one of the world's largest mobile home manufacturing facilities in 1965. He instituted numerous innovations in the manufacturing process to increase efficiency and reduce costs, which were subsequently adopted throughout the industry. Bob's real passion was research and development, constantly striving to be the industry leader in innovation and design. His forward thinking and commitment to act, helped advance the industry during the formative years of the mobile home industry. In 1969, he sold RHC to Maceo Corporation and in 1971 he retired from RHC as its chairman, president and chief executive officer. Also in 1969, he led a group of investors to develop Timberbrook Mobile Home Community, a 288-unit upscale community. It was the first of its kind in the region. He was the past director of the Mobile Home Manufacturers Association and served on the executive committee. He also played an integral leadership role in securing Indiana legislation to allow the transportation of 14-foot-wide homes.
 
Roland SahmDeceased
Elixir Industries
California
Class of 2016  
Member - Roland Sahm (415)In 1948 Roland Sahm, along with his wife, and two friends, founded Elixir Industries, Inc. Over the course of his career, Roland through his company touched tens of thousands of people, making their working lives and their lifestyles better. With employment and the innovations from Elixir there are very few manufactured homes or recreational vehicles today that don't benefit from products produced by Elixir Industries.
 
Joseph H. Stegmayer
Cavco Industries, Inc.
Arizona
Class of 2016  
Member - Joseph H. Stegmayer (416)Joe Stegmayer, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Cavco Industries, Inc., began his career in 1973 with Worthington Industries supplying LP gas cylinders to RV industry. Since joining Cavco in 2000, Joe led the Cavco team to grow from $95 million in annual sales to $600 million annually and expanded the firm from three factories in two states to 19 factories in 11 states. Also during Joe's tenure as chairman, he grew the company's park model business to become the number one builder of park models nationwide. Prior to joining Cavco, Joe held numerous high level executive positions with Champion Homes and Clayton Homes, Inc. Joe's dedication and leadership has earned him the respect of his peers, as evidenced by the numerous awards he has received including the Jack E. Wells Memorial Award for outstanding service and dedication to the manufactured housing industry from the California Manufactured Housing Institute, the Chairman's Award, from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for service to the industry and to MHI, and the Arizona Housing Association President's Award. He also found time to volunteer for charitable work including Knights of Columbus charities for the mentally challenged, economically disadvantaged and girl and boy scouts, past president and lifetime board member of The Columbus Zoological Association, and past chairman of the National Football Hall of Fame. Joe also serves as vice chairman of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation.
 
Edwin H.  Baier
Evergreen RV Supply
Washington
Class of 2017  
Member - Edwin H.  Baier (418)Ed Baier became the first International parts distributor in the United States and Canada in 1966. At the top of his career he had 10 branches of Trailer Equipment Distributors Inc. (six in the U.S. and four in Canada}, three subsidiary companies, (West Coast Metal Products, Interstate Metal Fabricators, Motor Wheel and Parts) and two manufactures' rep firms, (Tedco Associates, Mid-America Representatives).

He was a driving force behind dealer/tech clinics to keep everyone apprised of new code regulations regarding the industry as well as product knowledge. He always supported every facet of the industry in his region and protected the true industry dealers with good inventory and price structures. He implemented the six digit numbering system (00-0000) still used by many distributors today.

He was well respected by the dealers he served, the product manufacturers that he represented and marketed, and the industry associations he supported. His love for the industry and the excitement of its growth is what fueled him.
 
Dennis J. Beadle
Victorian Homes
Indiana
Class of 2017  
Member - Dennis J. Beadle (422)Dennis J. Beadle began his career in the Manufactured Housing Industry in 1963. By 1971 he had co-founded Victorian Home, Inc., and eventurally obtained ownership in two successful MH dealerships. Beadle was a enthusiastic advocate and supporter of professional associations. He served on the board of directors for IMHA (both at Valley Chapter and at the state level) and also served on the national board of directors of MHI in Washington, D.C.

In addition he sat on the HUD Advisory Board (Washington D.C.) and was the chairman of MHI's Political Action Committee (PAC). Dennis J. Beadle has proven to be a great leader for the entire industry.
 
Walter Bennett
Thor Industries, Inc.
Ohio
Class of 2017  
Member - Walter Bennett (419)Walt Bennett joined Airstream in 1977 and promoted to vice president, Thor Industries, Inc., in 1983. He rose in the Thor ranks over the years and finally in 2011, he was named Thor's vice president.

Bennett's passion for excellence has had a significant effect on the RV Industry through Walt's involvement with the RVIA. He served as RVIA Chairman (2001 - 2002). He has also served on RVIA's Public and Legislative Affairs Committee Member since 1993. Walt's no-nonsense, do the right thing approach has influenced many RVIA decisions that will continue to have an everlasting impact on the industry as it moves forward.
 
David Gorin
National Campground Owners Association
Virginia
Class of 2017  
Member - David Gorin (417)David Gorin contributed substantially to promotion and growth of the RV industry over more than 25 years. He transformed the National Campground Owners Association from insolvency into a financially stable and vital organization.

He purchased its headquarters building and equipped the association to meet the needs of a membership that he helped grow into an important segment of the hospitality industry. A recognized industry expert, his views are widely sought.

He developed and owned a campground, created a national marketing network for premium RV resorts, consulted and assisted hundreds of investors and developers, and writes regular columns for industry publications.
 
Christine Lindsey
UMH Properties, Inc.
Tennessee
Class of 2017  
Member - Christine Lindsey (421)Christine Lindsey is a tireless promoter of manufactured housing and all of its benefits. She has devoted her entire career to communities and the many families the MH industry serve. She believes in the importance of understanding your industry and your customers. Lindsey is known for 'doing what's right.'

She is always willing to serve or counsel with a state association which she operates within; continues to support many state legislative Political Action Campaigns (PAC), as well as the PAC of MHI; and believes in her personal mission of creating safe, affordable communities for families to raise their children. Lindsey began her career with UMH Properties, Inc., in 1979 and is currently employed there as Vice President of Sales & Finance.
 
L. Douglas Lippert
Lippert Components, Inc.
Indiana
Class of 2017  
Member - L. Douglas Lippert (420)Perhaps a more difficult task than starting a company is moving the torch away from the founding father and keeping it lit. This task was given to L. Douglas Lippert in 1977 when his father, Larry, handed him the reigns of Lippert Components. Doug's focus was to always make the manufacturing housing industry great. He kept LCI going through two recessions and grew the company from 5 million in 1977 to 100 million in 1997.

There were many suppliers, many different companies and a lot of instability. Doug combined all of the Lippert companies into one and established strong relationships with the manufacturers bringing stability to an industry that was going down the wrong path. Once combined, LCI was able to provide frames and parts through some pretty tough times, including Hurricane Andrew which caused many of LCI's facilities to provide FEMA frames for over a year.

Without Doug's guidance through tough times, LeI wouldn't have survived to become what it is today and creating thousands a jobs along the way.
 
Woody Paylor
Woody's RV World
Alberta
Class of 2017  
Member - Woody Paylor (423)Woody Paylor opened his first RV Dealership in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, in 1986. His confidence to begin this new venture was fostered from serving 18 years as the operating manager and minority partner of a single RV dealership as well a multi-location Mobile Homes sales group.

Today, Woody's has four locations, selling more than 2,000 Recreation Vehicles a year. Woody's is devoted to providing leading edge products supported by a team of professionals committed to exceeding the expectations of its customers. Woody has always been a RV visionary, first by bypassing the city to locate on the highways where the vehicle traffic was, well before it was fashionable.

His was the first Canadian dealership to join an entirely U.S. 20 group. In his Spader group he always strived to give more than he received. While Woody is now the retired founder of the dealerships, his vision and values carry forward with location growth planned in 2016, currently led by his son, Darren Paylor. Woody has been an unabashed supporter of the Canadian RVDA serving multiple terms as its chairman and continuing to support their efforts with time, money and staff.
 
Spencer Roane
Boyd Roane Inc. and Southeastern Community Owners
Georgia
Class of 2017  
Member - Spencer Roane (425)Spencer Roane has been a staunch supporter of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association whether he has been on or off the board for over 30 years. More importantly, he has been a great source of information for anyone who asked for his help, at no charge. He has gone one step further, and ;paid an attorney over $4,000 to create a lease purchase document that is in compliance with the Safe Act. He has made this document available free of charge to anyone who wants a copy. I know this to be true since I have received his lease.

When Ivan hit Gulf Shores, Alabama, in 2004, Spencer drove down and volunteered for two weeks. He did the same thing a year later when Katrina devastated New Orleans. He is also a volunteer at his church

He has served on the NCCI Board, GMHA and founded SECO, Southeastern Community Owners.

Spencer has offered to help anyone who seeks him out. At his own expense, Spencer has travelled to Texas, Alabama and Tennessee to help community owners. He single-handedly created SECO, a two day symposium for community owners. SECO just completed its 7th year, and attendance grew from approximately 80 in the first year to 178 this year.

He is a big supporter of both Parkinson's and Cancer Research foundations.

If you were assembling a team, you'd not only want Spencer on your team, but you'd want him as captain.
 
Martin J. (Marty) Shea
Madison RV Supercenter, Inc.
Alabama
Class of 2017  
Member - Martin J. (Marty) Shea (424)Martin J. (Marty) Shea began his career in the RV industry in 1978 as Holiday Rambler's Sales Rep for the Northeast, and by 1995 he had worked his way up to National Director of Dealer Development.

In 1996, he left Holiday Rambler to open his own dealership, Madison RV Superstore, Inc., in Madison, Alabama. He is a stalwart support of RVDA and other professional associations, and served as RVDA Chairman of the Board in 2003-2004. In addition, he offers his leadership on numerous RVDA committees.

Few have done as much to improve the RV industry and its community than Marty Shea. Marty's unique background combined with an innate high level of intelligence provides him an exceptional understanding of our industry and makes him an invaluable and exceptionally credible spokesman for the industry. He helped focus the industry's leadership on issues that really mattered to the ultimate customer. He continues to work tirelessly to improve everyone's understanding of what everyone can do to make the industry better. Marty put issues into context to help find workable solutions.
 
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