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Claire Skinner: Honoring a Legacy of Leadership in the RV Industry

The RV industry is mourning the loss of Claire Skinner, a formidable leader known for her tenure as CEO of Coachmen Industries Inc. and Chair of the RV Industry Association (RVIA) Board. 

Skinner, whose visionary leadership and strategic initiatives significantly shaped the trajectory of the RV sector, passed away recently, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and advocacy.

Skinner’s journey in the RV industry began at Coachmen Industries Inc., where her leadership was marked by a commitment to growth and excellence. As the first woman to chair the RVIA, her role extended beyond executive leadership, embracing legislative advocacy and strategic planning that would pave the way for future industry advancements.

During her tenure as Chair of the RV Industry Association from 2003 to 2004, and her service on its Executive Committee from 1997 through 2006, Skinner was instrumental in achieving significant legislative milestones. 

As per a News & Insights report of the RVIA, among her notable accomplishments was the establishment of the first RV-specific franchise law, a pivotal step in protecting dealer rights and fostering a competitive market environment.

Further cementing her legacy, Skinner played a key role in the creation of the first motorhome-specific lemon law, offering unprecedented consumer protection and enhancing industry standards. These legislative efforts not only demonstrated Skinner’s foresight but also her dedication to the welfare of the RV community.

Beyond her legislative achievements, Skinner’s influence extended to various committees within the Association, including the Public & Legislative Affairs Committee and the Market Information Committee. Her leadership in these areas was crucial in guiding the association’s strategic direction and in advocating for policies beneficial to the RV industry.

In recognition of her extensive contributions, Skinner received the Association’s Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award in 2005 and the National Legislative Award in 1997. These accolades underscore her exceptional service and commitment to the RV sector.

Skinner’s involvement also spanned several key committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Audit Committee, Go RVing Coalition, Market Information Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Nominating Committee. Her multifaceted contributions were instrumental in shaping the association’s policies, strategies, and public outreach efforts.

Reflecting on Skinner’s legacy, industry leaders and colleagues have expressed admiration for her strategic vision and her pioneering role in promoting inclusivity within the RV industry. Her efforts not only advanced legislative and market interests but also paved the way for future generations of leaders, particularly women in the industry.

As the RV industry continues to evolve, the principles and strategies championed by Claire Skinner remain integral to its growth and success. Her dedication to the sector’s advancement and her impactful legacy will continue to inspire and guide the industry for years to come.

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