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110 • RV PRO • July 2017 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S Martin J. (Marty) Shea Mar tin Shea knows the RV industry from both sides of the fence: manufacturer and retailer. He began working at Holiday Rambler in 1978 and stayed on another 10 years after Harley-Da- vidson acquired the company. Since then, he has owned his RV dealership, Madison RV Superstore, for 21 years. When he acquired Madison RV, it was a relatively small operation. Shea has taken the dealership and turned it into a large operation with two locations. Shea purchased a location in 1996 where the dealership operated until 2007, when it moved to its big interstate location. He has recently taken over the old location again to operate as a second store. Aside from operating a successful dealership, Shea has given of his time and efforts in volunteer leadership roles with the RV Dealers Association. He has served on the Board of Directors, the RV Industry Committee on Excellence and the Education Foundation Board of Directors, among others. One of his most valuable contributions during his time as co-chair of the Committee on Excellence was overseeing the five task forces that sought solutions to common barriers experienced by RV customers. The result of that work was guiding industry improvements still used today. "I run one of the Committees on Certification. I've worked in leadership and volunteer positions in RVDA and I'm a big believer in raising the level of professionalism through certifi- cation," Shea says. "Through being involved with RVDA, I've formed relationships and advanced my career professionally. You have to give back." Honors Shea has received during his career include the James B. Summers Award, the RVDA's Chairman's Service Award and the Winnebago Circle of Excellence every year. The honor of being inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame is not lost on him. "It's an honor to be selected by your peers for induction," he says. "I'm glad they consider me one of their partners." And it's his peers and partners he has enjoyed the most. "The people; it's what I know. I have long-term relationships with a lot of people including our dealership employees and cus- tomers," Shea says. "The people are wonderful. It's a different kind of business because no one has to buy this product. Everyone who is in this business is in it because they want to be. It's just fun." Other endeavors Shea pursues outside of the industry include work with multiple veterans' organizations including Working Wounded Warrior, Operation Stand-Down, and the Home- land Security Annual Bass Tournament. He is a sponsor for the USMC Toys for Tots. Top Class The RV/MH Hall of Fame is set to induct a diverse group of industry professionals for its 2017 class. By Darian Armor T he RV/MH Hall of Fame is set to honor a diverse group of veteran RV and manufactured housing professionals at the upcoming 2017 induction ceremony and gala. This year's list of honorees includes the first Canadian RV dealer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, a pioneer RV parts distributor, a campground association management veteran, a veteran Thor Industries executive who worked to better the industry while serving in volunteer roles with the RV Industry Association, an industry pro who successfully transitioned from working for an RV maker to running his own successful deal- ership, and a pioneer in the manufactured housing industry supply business, to name just a few. To be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame is no small feat. To be so honored, inductees must be (or have been) an active participant in any segment of the RV, campground or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years, and they must have made notable contributions to the industry. This year's induction ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 7 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail party followed by dinner and the induction ceremonies starting at 6:30 p.m. This year's inductees are: the of

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