Biles, Few, Hopkins, Wilson, and Zook Among 2019 RV/MH Hall Inductees
Redfern Receives RV/MH Spirit Award
The Class of 2019 includes the following RV industry inductees:
Pikes Peak Traveland
Former RVDA Chairman of the Board Randy Biles, owner of Pikes Peak Traveland in Colorado Springs, CO, has dedicated his professional life to his customers as well as the RV industry. Biles has served on many RVDA and industry boards, committees, and task forces throughout the years and is active in his state dealers’ group. Biles received the association’s highest honor, the James B. Summers Award in 2008 and RVDA Chairman's Service Award in 2001, 2011, and 2017.
Jeffrey P. Few
Automation & Manufacturing Systems.
When it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation, few have equaled Jeff Few because of the many ideas and concepts that have benefited the recreation vehicle industry. He was first to develop the vacuum table for laminating RV walls. He developed the first bolt-on hitch for towable RVs to eliminate untrained welders from hodge-podge installation of hitches exposing the industry to safety concerns. Jeff was a founding member and president of Trailer Hitch Manufacturer’s Association (THMA) in 1972. For more than 50 years Jeff has contributed to the industry’s greater good through his leadership.
RV Industry Association
Very few have had such an overwhelming impact on the RV industry as Bruce Hopkins. In his position as RVIA’s vice president of standards and education, Hopkins’ work has touched every facet of the RV industry when it comes to safety and technical education. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented Hopkins with a Lifetime Achievement award and he received RVDA’s Chairman’s Service Award in 2017.
Florida RV Trade Association
FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson is an advocate for protecting and promoting RV travel in Florida and a leader in dealership continuing education through the association’s Distance Learning Network. He also manages the annual FRVTA SuperShow, one of the most successful retail/trade RV shows in the country. In 2012 Wilson was honored with RVIA’s Dave Humphreys RV Unity Award and received RVDA’s Chairman's Service Award in 2014.
Daryl Zook is a true pioneer in the RV industry who exemplifies its entrepreneurial spirit. Daryl founded K-Z, one of the premier towable RV manufacturers in the industry in 1972, fulfilling his desire to start his own company building truck campers. In 2014, Zook sold K-Z to Thor Industries. Building a solid RV company over more than 40 years is a testament to the long-term vision of a man that has earned the respect and admiration of his peers.
On the Manufactured Housing side, the inductees included: Richard “Dick” Ernst, Financial Marketing Associates, Inc.; John Carey, Modern Home Sales and Midwest Homes; Leo Poggione, Craftsman Homes; D. Raymond Broderick, Superior Homes; and Walter “Wally” Comer, Adventure Homes LLC.
The Class of 2019 was officially inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremonies and dinner on Monday, August 5, in Elkhart.
Each year the RV/MH Heritage Foundation recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to the success of the Foundation. The criteria for this award include the person’s overall loyalty, character, commitment, dedication, involvement, positive attitude and enthusiasm for the support of the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame Class of 2008, President Darryl Searer presented this year’s Spirit Award to Go RVing VP of Brand Marketing & Communications Karen Redfern.