RV/MH Hall of Fame News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.