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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inducts the Class of 2015 into RV/MH Hall of Fame

The Class of 2015 includes: (back row l-r) Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; (front row l-r)Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Bill Thomas, Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: . Not Pictured: Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Robert West, Affordable Community Living

ELKHART, Ind., August 4. 2015 -- The Class of 2015 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) last night in Elkhart, Indiana, in a gala ceremony before nearly 350 family members, friends, and colleagues from across the country.

The Class of 2015 includes: Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Bill Thomas, and Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Robert West, Affordable Community Living.

(Editors: see more expanded bios below)

Before the induction ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer, said in his "Annual State of the Hall" address, "I am extremely happay to report to you that your Hall has continued to improve financially for the third straight year and is now in the best shape it has ever been. It also is my pleasure to report to you that this year the Hall of Fame has continued its upward trend of improving its overall operations."

Searer displayed a graph of the distribution of funds that show that nearly 60% of the income goes toward debt reduction with remaining committed to operations at the Hall.

Searer reported that the Hall's debt has been reduced from $5.5 million three years ago to approximately $1.5 million today. He thanked all those who have donated to make this possible. "This progress is due in part to the generous support of both RV and MH two on going debt elimination campaign kicked off the Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Campaign for member of the MH industry and the RV Industry Debt Elimination Campaign within the next three to five years. Each campaign is committed to raising $1 million each. The MH Industry has challenged the RV Industry to match their campaign which has already received gifts and pledges for over $570,000. The RV industry's gifts and pledges nearly $100,000."

Another bright spot is that two years ago, the Hall borrowed $600,000 from the bank to pay off the commitment made to David Woodworth for the purpose of acquiring his famous antique RV collection. Searer said, "That debt now stands at $75,000 and we expect to eliminate that debt within the next few months.

"So as we move forward, the future looks extremely bright and I'm confident we'll reach our goal.

Spirit Award

Hall chairman and master of ceremonies, Darrel Searer presented the annual Hall of Fame Spirit Award to Don Magary, Hall of Fame member and publisher of RV News.

The Spirit Award is an annual award to honor the person who has demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of our great heritage.


2015 Spirit Award honoree Don Magary accepts the award from Hall of Fame Chairman Darryl Searer

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