RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. to host RV dealer show

Barry Cole, president of Manufactured Housing Insurance Services, Orange, Calif., has been elected chairman of the RV/MH Hall of Fame board. According to a press release, Cole replaces Bill Garpow, whose term has expired. Garpow will remain on the board as immediate past chairman.

When asked to serve as chairman, Cole was hesitant, but said he would only accept the position if Darryl Searer, president of Hall, agreed to stay on. With that assurance Cole said, “I am honored and humbled by this opportunity and will dedicate myself to keeping the Hall moving forward in its quest for financial independence and enhance the features and facilities at the Hall and Event Center.”

Cole will lead the Hall for the next two years.

In other action, the board elected Jay Hesse, president of Blue Ox, Pender, Neb., as vice chairman. New board members elected include B.J. Thompson, BJ Thompson Associates, Osceola, Ind.; Ron Younkin, Greenlawn Cos., Columbus, Ohio; Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness and Woodall’s Campground Management magazines, Elkhart, Ind.; Raymond Pagett, Keystone/NTP Distribution, Atlanta, Ga.; and Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries Inc., Phoenix, Ariz.

There are two vacant positions on the board pending.

The remainder of the board of directors whose terms had not expired includes:

  • Ross Kinzler, secretary, Wisconsin Housing Alliance, Madison.
  • Jerry Pickrell, treasurer, retired from LaSalle-Bristol Corp.
  • Bob Fields, Aridian Technology Co., Nahant, Mass.
  • Jim Scoular, Jimsco, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Gary LaBella, retired, former RVIA vice president of public relations and chief marketing officer.
  • Darrell Boyd, Triad Financial, Paducah, Ky.
  • Ron Wheeler, Wheeler Advertising, Arlington, Texas.
  • Chris Barrett, Bennett Transport, McDonough, Ga.
  • John Evans, E & R Window Service, Redlands, Calif.
  • Crosby Forrest, Dixie RV Supercenter, Newport News, Va.
  • Leo Poggione, Craftsman Homes, Inc., Reno, Nevada.
  • Bob Livingston, Good Sam Club, Ventura, Calif.
  • Bill Garpow, Past Chairman, retired RPTIA executive director

Searer noted, “I think we have a strong board of directors who are passionate about and dedicated to the success of the Hall. I look forward to working with them as we face the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

The new board took office Aug. 8.