January '18

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86 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com D E A L E R S the customers to the possi- bilities of using that brick- and-mortar shop for regular service or even to have their new part installed. "Our expertise is with the dealers and we can connect the customer to the dealer to support our merchandise," Fairchild says. "Even the do-it-yourselfers can see the convenience and price and will become a do-it-for-me." Blue Ox is currently the only RV supplier taking part in Parts Via on a test basis, but Fairchild says 12 others are in development and he expects more to come on board as the system proves its worth. Awards & Recognition The prestigious James B. Summers Award was given to former RVDA President Mike Molino for his service in the industry over the years. Molino, the namesake of the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, accepted the award with a stage full of former recipients also on-hand. "I am so proud of this," he said. "I feel like the luck- iest guy in the world." Before ending his term as chairman, Friesen also gave out three Chairman's Service Awards. Recipients were Gary Enyart of Cum- mins Onan, Tony Yerman, a service consultant for the RV Learning Center, and Friesen's mother, and wife of former Chairman Ernie Friesen, Irene Friesen of All Seasons RV in Yuba City, Calif. Mike Molino (left) accepts the ring signifying the James B. Summers Award from RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. Molino preceded Ingrassia as president of the Association. Irene Friesen hugs her son, Darrel, as he presents her with a Chairman's Service Award for her years of supporting and helping both he and his father, Ernie Friesen, at All Seasons RV in Yuba City, Calif. RVDA Service Consultant Tony Yerman (left) beams as he accepts a Chairman's Service Award from Friesen. Darrel Friesen hands the gavel to 2018 RVDA Chairman of the Board Tim Wegge of Burlington RV Superstore in Sturtevant, Wis.

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