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