David was inducted into the prestigious RV/MH Hall of Fame on August 7th. A crowd of more than 400 people witnessed the induction ceremony at which 10 industry leaders, 5 representing the RV industry and 5 representing the manufactured housing industry were inducted into the Hall. The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Elkhart, IN, the home base of both industries.
The speech follows:
Hall of Fame Acceptance August 7, 2017
It is hard to describe what it feels like to stand here before this room with so many members of the Hall of Fame in attendance and to take my place among such an august group of giants of both the RV and manufactured housing industries. How a kid from Brooklyn winds up in this place now is hard even for me to understand.
First and foremost, I extend my sincere congratulations to the 9 other outstanding people being honored here tonight as part of the HoF class 0f 2017. I am so honored to stand with you tonight and into the future.
As I have but a precious few minutes, I need to use this time to thank and recognize those who have made this evening possible for me.
First, the family...my spectacularly patient best friend and true loves of my life -wife Susan and our two sons who I am blessed to have here tonight - Jesse and Daniel. Thank you for being here to witness your husband and father take his place to stand among the leaders of a great American industry. 30 years ago when this adventure began, we never envisioned I'd wind up here in Elkhart Indiana with the whole family.
To some others who are here from our regular lives - Don & Lynn Meyers, representing our neighbors for many years in McLean Virginia; and Kenny and Susan Newmark representing our new family who have embraced us on Longboat Key, Florida. Thank you so much for making the trip to help me celebrate this milestone.
And to my new business partner, Jayne Cohen, I appreciate the effort you made to join us tonight. And Jayne, I appreciate your support and look forward to our continuing to serve our clients who can play a such a key role in building a better campground and RV park future for America.
There are many others who have played a part in my professional life and to whom I owe a SPECIAL THANKS FOR THEIR support, guidance and friendship - Mike Molino, the former President of RVDA; George Allen, the guru of the Manufactured Housing industry who introduced me and tutored me in that industry; Don Westphal, one of the experts in site planning both in the MH business and now in the RV industry as well and now part of my consulting group; and Sherman Goldenberg whose wit and wisdom I admire, and many others.
And, of course, the biggest thank you must go to the RV park and campground industry - to park owners across the country who truly represent what makes America great. Small business owners who tirelessly work to make their parks and campgrounds the best places for RVers to enjoy the vehicles and trailers that so many of you make.
I am honored that the leaders of the Natl Assn of RV Parks and Campgrounds are here tonight. Especially Al Daniels, Randy Packard, anf Erv Banes each of whom represents examples of the absolute best parks that serve RVers and campers.
And I would be negligent if I didn't mention Dan O'Connell along with these other leaders here tonight. Dan and these other past ARVC leaders together helped immeasurably in building the park industry during some trying times in the 1980s and who taught me so much about the park business.
Were it not for the 14 years I spent with ARVC, tonight would not have been possible and the last 16 years of working with park owners and developers could never have happened. My life as an association executive with ARVC enabled me to learn the ins and out of this industry and prepared me for the years I've spent helping owners and investors in the park business and investing in my own park businesses.
Whatever I've accomplished to earn a place here in this Hall I could never have accomplished on my own. I share this honor with campground and RV park owners everywhere and with the ARVC association and its leaders and members.
I truly hope that this recognition tonight leads the way for others who have made this segment of the RV industry so great and I urge the RV manufacturers and dealers to make more room at the table and among the leaders of their segments for the thousands of park owners who serve your customers 24/7 and 365 days a year. Without the campgrounds, I don't think any of us would be here tonight.
Thank you all for this high honor. I won't ever forget this night.
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"Jayne has been extremely helpful with both the business opportunities and the family issues we face as a fourth generation campground. She has a wealth of experience and a very pleasant manner."