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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Go RVing 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.
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 Magazine s Newsmaker of the Year three times. Starting as an hourly production worker he has grown through the ranks to lead his company.
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.
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.
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 organization s highest honor.
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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.