RVDA is Looking for the Next James B.
Summers Award Recipient
VA) -- More than 30 years ago, the RVDA Board of Directors established the
James B. Summers (JBS) award in honor of past RVDA Executive Vice President and
Chief Executive Officer Jim Summers, who was the first to receive it in 1986.
This is the association’s most prestigious award, as it honors an individual
who has made frequent and distinguished contributions to RVDA and its
membership evolves each year, the significance of the award means something
different to each generation the association represents. Many of the past
recipients of the award knew Jim Summers, but some only knew of him. Jim was
the second person hired to administer to the needs of RV dealers. He knew his mission was to help dealers, and
that he did. After he retired to South
Carolina, he attended the convention almost every year to present the award to
the next recipient. He worked hard at
delivering an introduction that would tease the audience through stories that
could fit several individuals, eventually closing in on personal information that
would identify the winner. Jim passed
away on the eve of the 2010 convention. RVDA will forever miss his quick wit and
It is the
time of year when the RVDA Board looks to the dealer and associate members to
submit nominations for worthy recipients of the 2021 JBS Award. The award is a
gold ring that has changed design over the years, but its value is ever
increasing – not just because of the price of gold, but because of the finger
it fits. The value of the nominees and
their work with the association is what makes this award so priceless.
winner of the 2020 JBS award has been selected but has not been revealed. At their September 2020 board meeting, the RVDA
Board of Directors decided that a virtual surprise would not provide the level of
esteemed recognition as in a physical event.
They voted on a winner, but the winner’s name is held in confidence until
the 2021 Convention/Expo, at which time a 2021 winner will also be revealed.
this list of the past JBS recipients. Many past honorees are still active
participants in current RVDA boards, committees, and task forces. They are
still making consistent and outstanding contributions to RVDA.
Fran Van Pelt
If you have a nominee in mind, that person should have
provided at least five years of service with and for RVDA and given outstanding
contributions to RVDA and its members. One of the few restrictions to winning
this award states that the nominee may not be a current elected member of the
RVDA Board of Directors.
To nominate an individual, please don’t just submit a
name. Instead, provide a narrative
describing the things you know about your nominee’s contributions to the
association. Make a strong appeal
telling us why you want your nominee to be selected. Staff presents all nominations to the RVDA
Board of Directors for their consideration and vote.
We will present the award during the RV Dealers Convention/Expo,
November 8-12, 2021 at Paris Las Vegas.
Be there to see if we announce your candidate’s name! Nominations are due by May 20, 2021. Please take the time to submit your
nomination to Ronnie Hepp today, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.