Darrel Friesen of All Seasons RV Elected RVDA Chairman of the Board

 Immediate Past Chairman Brian Wilkins passes the gavel to Darrel Friesen following his election to Chairman. Photo by Shawn Spence.
(Las Vegas) Darrel Friesen of All Seasons RV in Yuba City, CA was elected Chairman of the Board of the RV Dealers Association during the RVDA Annual Meeting at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas.

In his remarks to the membership he said, “As chairman I pledge to continue to focus on the parts and customer support issues . . . It's not a problem the dealer or RVDA alone can fix--we need to work with our partners."

Friesen said his father Ernie, an industry leader who also served as RVDA Chairman of the Board, taught him not only how to run a dealership, but also “the value of giving back to an industry that’s been very good to our family. I began my volunteer work on the CalRVDA board and served two years as its president.”

He thanked Immediate Past Chairman Brian Wilkins for his leadership over the past year.

Also elected to officer positions at the meeting are:  First Vice Chairman Tim Wegge, Burlington RV Superstore, Sturtevant, WI; Second Vice Chair Mike Regan, Crestview RV Center, Buda, TX; Treasurer Ron Shepherd, Camperland of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK; and Secretary Glenn Thomas, Bill Thomas Camper Sales, Inc., Wentzville, MO. Brian Wilkins, Wilkins RV in Bath, NY will serve as Immediate Past Chairman. 

Earlier in the week the RVDA Board of Delegates elected Rob Rothenhausler of Ocean Grove RV in Saint Augustine, FL to the Board of Directors and reelected Sherry Shields of Pan Pacific RV Centers, in French Camp, CA to another term. They join directors Chris Andro of Hemlock Hill RV Sales, Inc. in Milldale, CT and Roger Sellers of Tennessee RV Sales and Service in Knoxville, TN on the board, along with RVAC Chairman Jeff Hirsch of Campers Inn in Jacksonville, FL; RVRA Chairman Scott Krenek of Krenek RV Center, Coloma, MI; and Mike Molino RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center, Hartville, OH.  RVDA President Phil Ingrassia continues as a non-voting member of the board.

RVDA, The National RV Dealers Association, is the only national association dedicated to advancing the RV retailer's best interests through education, member services, industry leadership, and market expansion programs that promote the increased sale and use of RVs and that enhance the positive image of the RV experience. For more information, go to www.rvda.org.