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Thor Industries President/CEO Bob Martin makes a few brief comments in front of the new headquarters building on Beardsley Avenue during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, August 14, 2013. The building had been vacant for six years before Thor began the remodeling project to make it the new headquarters. ¬ (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) ¬ ¬ ¬ (AP)
Familiar Elkhart County-area names land on RVIA board for three-year terms

Posted on Sepa. 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sepp. 10, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.

ELKHART — Half of the eight members elected to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s board are familiar names around Elkhart County.

Bob Martin, Matthew Miller, Adam Dexter and B.J. Thompson were all elected to serve three-year terms on the RVIA board, the RVIA announced Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Martin, president and CEO of Elkhart-based Thor Industries, was newly elected to the association’s board, while Miller, president of Nappanee-based Newmar Corp., was re-elected to fill the other manufacturer seat on the board that was open this year.

It’s Martin’s first stint in the RVIA, though he’s worked in the industry since 1993, at Coachmen and Keystone before moving into Thor’s corporate presidency in 2011. He served on the board of the United Way of Elkhart County from 2009 to 2011.

Miller is the secretary of the RVIA’s executive committee and serves on five other RVIA committees, plus serves on a board with the RV Dealers Association and is a member of the RV Safety and Education Foundation board.

Dexter, the president and CEO of Elkhart-based Dexter Axle, and B.J. Thompson of Osceola’s B.J. Thompson Associates were both re-elected to supplier seats on the board.

Dexter, at Dexter Axle since 1993, serves on the RVIA board and a committee and has participated in the association’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day from 2011 through this year.

Thompson, active with the local RV/MH Hall of Fame, has decades of RVIA service and a 44-year history in and around the RV industry. He’s received three different RVIA awards in his years of service to the association and to the industry.

The other supplier seat open this year went to Martin Street, president and CEO of Stag-Parkway.

For the two at-large seats on the board, Bob Harbin, president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. and Bob Paris, vice president of GE Capital were re-elected.

The other seat, the park model RV representative to the board, saw the re-election of Dick Grymonprez of Champion/Athens Park Homes.

The on-line elections happened in August, and the board members will start their terms Oct. 1. The RVIA’s board is the top authority in the association and handles broad policy for the industry’s advocacy group.