Mike Molino RV Learning Center Establishes Legacy Fund for Jerry Greer
(Fairfax, VA) -- Friends of RVDA Board of Directors Past Chairman Jerry Greer have established a Legacy Fund benefiting the Mike Molino RV Learning Center to honor Jerry’s memory and his longtime service to the RV industry.
In addition to his position as RVDA’s top elected volunteer leader in 1990-92, Jerry served as the first chairman of the RVDA Education Foundation (now the Mike Molino RV Learning Center) and the RV Assistance Corporation (RVAC).
“This Legacy Fund will serve as a lasting reminder of Jerry’s contributions not only to RVDA and the RV Learning Center, but to the entire RV industry,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, OH. “Jerry was instrumental in making continuing education more available for RV dealership employees. Contributions to this fund will help carry on the important work that Jerry was so passionate about.”
Jerry, who passed away in February 2021, was the owner of Jerry Greer Airstream in Columbus, OH and a 30-year member of RVDA. As a key RVDA leader in the 1980s through the 1990s, he was recognized as an advocate for making the RV sales process more customer friendly and a driving force behind advancing outdoor recreation issues through his support of the American Recreation Coalition. His leadership guided and inspired dealers to become more professional through education.
Jerry worked with other RVDA volunteer leaders and staff to develop the association’s first strategic plan and was part of the effort to purchase the association’s current headquarters building in Fairfax, VA. Jerry was honored in 1995 with the James B. Summers award, RVDA’s highest honor, for his service to RV dealers and the association. He was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 2005 for his outstanding industry leadership. Jerry is survived by Rita, his wife of 52 years, brother Larry Greer, sister Sharon Smith, and nephew Phillip Greer.
To make an online donation to the RV Learning Center Jerry Greer Legacy Fund contribution, please click here. You must be logged into your RVDA account and please indicate the gift is in honor of Jerry Greer at the bottom of the donation form. Checks can be mailed to: The Mike Molino RV Learning Center, 3930 University Drive, Fairfax VA, 22030.
Other RV Learning Center Legacy Funds have been established for:
Rex Floyd -- Rex Floyd (deceased 2017) of Floyd’s Recreational Vehicles in Norman, OK, is a founding member of RVDA and the family remains active in the association. He served as the association’s president in 1980-81. Rex was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 2010.
Barbara Herleman -- RVDA staff member Barbara Herleman (deceased 2006) was dedicated to serving RVDA members in many capacities and was instrumental in growing the RV Dealers Convention/Expo in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Sharon Horsey -- Sharon Horsey (deceased 2013) of Parkview RV Center was dedicated to her family and many friends in the RV industry. Sharon attended and volunteered at many RVDA events, including the RV Dealers Convention/Expo and her family remains deeply involved in association activities.
Bob Strawn -- Bob Strawn (deceased 2013) served as Executive Vice President and President of RVDA. Bob was a former RV dealer, who also served on the association’s board as a volunteer leader prior to his selection as RVDA’s chief staff officer. He was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 1996.
Jim Shields – Jim Shields (deceased 2014) of Pan Pacific RV Centers, served as RVDA Chairman of the Board in 2006-07 and was a founder of the California RV Dealers Association (CalRVDA). A mentor to many dealers, he was awarded the RVDA’s James B. Summers Award in 2013 and inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 2014. His family remains active in RVDA and CalRVDA.
Jim Summers -- Jim Summers (deceased 2010) served as Executive Vice President of RVDA following a career as an RV manufacturing executive. Summers helped raise RVDA’s visibility in Washington, DC, and was a founding board member of the American Recreation Coalition. He was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 2002.
Raymond Van Pelt -- This legacy gift was established in tribute to Raymond Van Pelt (deceased 2011) the son of past RVDA President Fran Van Pelt and her husband Rich.
For a complete list of current Mike Molino RV Learning Center contributors click here. For a list of donation made in memory of industry members click here. For donations in honor of individuals, click here.
The RV Learning Center provides dealers and their employees with innovative ways to operate RV dealerships through an array of education resources including online and distance learning, publications, live workshops, and certification programs for RV dealership fixed operations personnel.
The RV Learning Center is a tax-exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions may be tax deductible as charitable donations. Visit www.rvlearningcenter.com for more information.