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rv-pro.com July 2018 • RV PRO • 153 Lenington started helping out with shows at a very young age, into her high school and college years. As a young mother, she suddenly found herself a single parent. Needing to support herself and her children, Lenington says she just, "fell into it." "I really had never planned on working full time," she says. "Boy, does life have a funny way of playing tricks on you. "I didn't go looking for it and now it's basically all I know," she adds. "I knew the families that comprised the association and they basically knew me all my life. They trusted me and I felt blessed working as hard as I could for them and helping to make their dreams come true, so to speak." Lenington started out keeping books for the association for a number of years, worked as the office manager, then director of administration, and finally served as the executive vice pres- ident from 1994 to 2015, when an accident forced her into early retirement. While she may have fallen into the role, Lenington embraced her work with the PRVCA and pushed for education and training at shows. "Education is so important to me. Not only is it essential for an industry to stay strong, but also the consumers need education so they can maximize the experience, so to speak," she says. "I was so pleased I was there to work with a like-minded group of individuals that was willing to share their time to help offer some of the best education programs in the nation. "When we started doing shows, many shows didn't want to make time for education, because it would take the customer off the floor," she adds. "But then the ideas just started flowing. It was very satisfying to work with a group of individuals that started to understand, 'Oh, maybe that's a really good thing.'" During her time with PRVCA, Lenington grew the Pennsyl- vania RV and Camping show to the largest consumer RV show in the country. It started with 79 RVs and a dozen booth vendors and has grown to more than 1,300 RVs and 180 booth vendors. Lennington also helped create an online training and appren- ticeship program for service technicians, saw a five-fold mem- bership growth during her time as executive vice president, and spearheaded the development of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Education Foundation. Lenington also has been involved with RVIA, RVDA and the RV Executive Council. Lenington says she is still overwhelmed at the thought of joining the ranks of so many she has admired in the Hall of Fame. "I haven't quite gotten used to the idea," she says. "So many of the people that are already in there are people that I totally cherished their input and now to be there with them it just takes my breath away." Michael A. Cirillo Michael Cirillo grew up in the mobile home business watching his first-generation Italian immigrant grandfather, who started a busi- ness installing gas meters in parks. Cirillo took that experience, and in 1983, founded property man- agement company Star Manage- ment, which now manages more than 4,800 spaces on more than 30 properties. For 35 years, Cirillo has held the position of president and has become a recognized expert in community operations, facilities maintenance, infrastructure replacement and resident relations. A hands-on leader, Cirillo has worked nearly every aspect of his business – even personally grading lots, designing and siting homes, changing meters, financing parks and opening new lines of financing to the industry. He is a licensed California real estate broker with MLO endorsement, California contractor, California mobile home dealer, Nevada mobile home dealer and Utah mobile home dealer. His most significant contributions to the industry have come through his service with the Western Manufactured Housing Community Owners Association, which he has served as presi- dent as well as in other capacities. Through his work on WMA's Utilities Task Force, he has helped create a pilot program to install a new electric and gas system in more than 400 commu- nities throughout California and transfer the new systems to direct service by the serving investor-owned utilities. Cirillo is now passing along the knowledge he's gained over the years through his involvement with Pacific Current Partners as a mentor to a new generation of MHRV leaders. John Evans John Evans has served for more then 38 years as a dedicated and diligent advocate for the manu- factured housing industry. He has earned the respect and admiration of his peers through his work for both the manufactured housing and RV industry. Evans began in the industry in 1978, when he started working for Phillips Industry. He then worked a stint with Elixir Industries before returning to Phillips Industry. Eventually, he was hired to come to work at Kinro, a subsidiary of Drew Industries (now Lippert Components). When he was done working for Kinro, Evans got involved with the California Manufactured Housing Institute, where he continues to make an impact on his industry.

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