RV/MH Hall of Fame News

Barry Cole

A founding member of the California Manufactured Housing Institute, he has served continuously on its board since 1988 including 4 years as chairman. Serving the industry as a retailer, manufacturer, community owner and service provider, he is the only member to have served on the MHI Board of Governors representing 3 different industry divisions. He is a recipient of the Jack E. Wells Award from CMHI and the Retailer of the Year Award from California Mobile Home Park Owners Alliance. He has also served as chairman of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation.

James F Shields

A 38 year veteran RV dealer, he was co-founder of the California RV Dealers Association, and has served several terms as its Chairman. A 14 year RVDA board member, he was its National Chairman in 2006 and 07 and was the 2013 recipient of the coveted James B. Summer Award. Starting in 1985 he grew his dealership from a single location with less than $1 million in sales to one with 3 super stores and over $30 Million in sales. From 2003 to 2008 he was a director of the RVDA Education Foundation. He has repeatedly donated his time and knowledge to assist struggling RV dealers, thus advancing the growth and reputation of the RV industry. He was the RVDA Western Region “Quality Dealer of the Year” in 2000.

John D Roba

An industry aftermarket supplier and manufacturer’s representative since 1972, he was one of the first to serve the industry as a manufacturer’s representative. His was the first company to have identified territories and dedicated staff for each segment of the country. A founding member of the RV Aftermarket Association in 1969, he served as its president in 1992 and 1993. He received the WDA Jim Barker Award in 1988 for his tireless dedication to the RV aftermarket industry. Joining the Pennsylvania RV Association in 1980, he became its chairman from 1998 to 2000. He received the prestigious John Serro Achievement Award in 1988.

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.

Bob Livingston

A 43 year veteran of RV publications, he has written popular columns on RV technical topics for over 20 years. He created and produced a popular RV cable television show, “RVToday”, and played a major role in the creation of the Great American RV Rally. He served on the National Fire Protection Association technical committee on RVs. He is the author of the respected Trailer Life RV Maintenance and Repair Manual. He serves on the RVIA Standards Committee and on the Go RVing coalition. In 2003, he was recognized with the RVIA Distinguished Service in Journalism Award. He has helped legions of RVers to have a more enjoyable experience.

Debbie Brunoforte

As a second generation RV retailer, she has provided exemplary leadership to the industry both regionally and nationally. She has won customer satisfaction awards from every manufacturer she represented. Serving many years on the RVDA board of directors, she was chairman in 2009 and 2010. As an active member of the GoRVing Coalition, she chaired the GoRVing Parts Task Force from 2005 to 2008. She serves on the governing board of the joint RVDA-RVIA Technician Certification program. She received the RVDA Chairman’s Service Award in 2006 and in 2008. She was a founding member of the Arizona RV Dealers Association. She was selected as one of RV Business Magazine’s 100 most influential people in RV history.

Gary McDaniel

A 40 year veteran of manufactured housing real estate development, he has led the development of tens of thousands of family home sites in communities from coast to coast. Active in many state and national manufactured housing associations, he was named “Industry Person of the Year” by the National Manufactured Housing Industry Association in 2001 and was Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute from 2000 to 2002. He currently manages 118 communities in 17 states. His formation of the YES! We Care Charity has provided a much needed lifeline of manpower and funding for communities involved in tornados and other disasters.

Richard King

A 50 year veteran of the finance and insurance industry relating to manufactured housing and RVs, he has served MH and RV dealer and community operators in 12 states. He has been a key leader in assuring that insurance services evolve to meet the needs of the evolving RV and Manufactured Housing industries. He serves industry businesses in 14 states and has served on advisory boards of several insurance companies. He was awarded the Kansas MHA “Man of the Year” award. He is widely recognized for his ability to anticipate future trends and to promote programs to meet a changing industry.

Thomas Kern

For over 40 years he has been a respected supplier of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning products and foundation components for the manufactured housing industry. He was the National Supplier of the Year for MHI in 1996 and 1998 and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. In 2000, he was the MHI Person of the Year. In 2001 he was recognized as Supplier of the Year by the Journal for Manufactured Housing Professionals. Serving the industry with products from steps to transportation services he has enhanced the industry and the lives of home owners. His company has contributed all HVAC services for the Hall of Fame facility.

Ed Evans

In a career beginning in 1969 he has developed and managed 10 manufactured housing communities and one RV resort. As an industry activist he has served 10 years on the board of Western Manufactured Housing Community Owners Association including as president in 1979 and 1980. He was on the committee which led to the formation of the California Manufactured Housing Institute. He was the founding president of the Manufactured Housing Educational Trust that protects the interests of over 200 community owners representing over 600 parks in Southern California. He received CMHI’s Jack E. Wells award in 1990. He was instrumental in securing rights for 14 wide home movement in California.