RV/MH Hall of Fame News

Walter Bennett

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.

Peter B Orthwein

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.