RV/MH Hall of Fame adds event center name
Posted: 08/28/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Justin Leighty
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n this August 2012 file photograph the Midwest RV Super Show had had a good turn out for the show Sunday August 12,2012 with over 200 units on display for four days on the grounds of the RV/MH Hall of Fame for the first time. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo)
The entrance to the RV/MH Conference Center can be seen Aug. 12 during the Midwest RV Super Show at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart.
The Midwest RV Super Show had a good turnout earlier this month with more than 200 units on display for four days on the grounds of the RV/MH Hall of Fame for the first time.
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They announced the hiring of a new event sales/marketing manager to draw in customers to the newly branded event center. It’s a big change from early 2011, when the RV/MH Heritage Foundation said that if things didn’t change soon, the hall would close within weeks.
By March of this year, officials announced they’d restructured the debt. Darryl Searer, recently appointed president and chief operating officer of the hall of fame, said at that time that the restructuring was only the first step.
Stacey Walworth will join the hall Sept. 10 in the new event sales-and-marketing position.
“We are delighted that Stacey is joining our staff. Her experience in sales/marketing and planning is a perfect fit to augment our existing staff,” Searer said in an announcement of the changes, “and her employment could not have been better timed. With the reduction of available event space in the Michiana area where many events were hosted, our opportunity for new business has dramatically increased.”
A month ago the hall of fame surpassed a challenge by the family of Robert “Boots” and Betty Ingram to raise $100,000 and get a matching grant of the same amount from the family by Sept. 1. With more than a month to go, they raised $60,000 above and beyond the goal, and the money will help pay down a loan.
Earlier this month the hall of fame was the site for the Midwest RV Super Show for the first time, and next month it will be one of the sites across the county for the informal RV open house.
The south entrance of the hall-of-fame building is now marked with the Northern Indiana Event Center name.
“The Event Center is an important segment to our mission and our financial stability,” said Searer. “We believe the addition of Stacey Walworth and the naming of the south entrance as the Northern Indiana Event Center are major steps forward in our goal of making the complex the premier location for events in northern Indiana and southern Michigan.”