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April 24, 2014

RVIA will open office in Elkhart May 1

ELKHART — The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association will open its regional office in Elkhart May 1.

The lobbying and marketing trade organization for the RV industry has its offices in Reston, Va. and the board of directors voted in March to open an office in Elkhart County, where most of the manufacturers are located.

An open house for members and guests will be held May 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. following the RV Business Power Breakfast program that morning. The office is at 663 C.R. 17.

RVIA’s regional office will be staffed by Sharonne Lee, RVIA’s director of education, who is moving to the Elkhart area, and Scott Graham, the newly hired national show director, who is relocating from his previous job with the Christian Booksellers Association in Colorado Springs, Colo.

There will also be offices for RVIA’s team of inspectors to work from as needed when in Elkhart County.

“In looking at how to structure the office we felt that having elements of the show, RV standards inspection and industry technical training functions staffed there offered the best approach as these areas typically have the most regular interaction between RVIA’s members and staff,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “Sharonne and Scott are eager to get started at the new office, and I know that both will do a fantastic job in representing RVIA in the Elkhart area.”

There will also be office space for other RVIA vice presidents and senior staff to use when traveling to Elkhart on association business.

“With the consolidation of the RV industry, now more than ever a great majority of our members are located in northern Indiana,” Coon said. “As an association we felt it was important to establish this regional office to provide easier access to RVIA for our members, to enhance the lines of communication that we have with them, and to have the association become a part of the community.”

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