The future of the RV industry depends on the cultivation of strong, creative, and hardworking women who will become tomorrow’s leaders in the RV industry.
In recognition of this vision, the RV Women’s Alliance (RVWA) presents the first-ever Leader of Tomorrow Award during next week’s inaugural Educational Symposium. The RV Women’s Alliance Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes women making a big impact on the RV industry during the beginning stages of their careers.
To promote the achievements of the up-and-commers in the industry, the Leader of Tomorrow Award is presented annually to an RV Women’s Alliance individual member, as per the News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association (RVIA).
“As I have begun to get to know the women of the RV industry, it is refreshing to see so many young women excited about their career trajectory within the industry,” said RVWA Managing Director Jessica Rider.
“There are women from very diverse backgrounds that are making great strides to enhance the industry. I am excited to see what these Leaders of Tomorrow will accomplish and how we at the RV Women’s Alliance can help promote this next generation of RV leaders.”
“As someone who has been in this industry for over 30 years, seeing the next generation of leaders come in and begin to make their mark on our industry is refreshing,” said RVWA President Susan Carpenter.
After carefully reviewing many applications, the award selection committee has narrowed the award nominations to the following five finalists.
The first finalist was Amelia Lopez of Patrick Industries. She has been pivotal to Patrick Industries’ Investor Relations and ESG team.
Within a year of working in the company and being only 23 years old, she has already become a key player in all public communication, the alliance’s Inaugural sustainability report. She is very active in the Patrick and broader Elkhart community.
She helps leadership development within the accounting and finance department, advocating for women coming into the industry through various events and meetings with company leaders.
The second finalist is Alyssa Cox of Forest River. She created a brand ambassador program for Rockwood, designed customer awareness programs, and established the social media presence for Rockwood and Flagstaff brands.
Using customer input, she has helped the rest of her team improve for a better customer experience.
Thanks to her engagement and leadership, the Rockwood/Flagstaff brands set the benchmark for customer engagement and product attention. She is not only a leader in the RV industry now but will continue to be one far into the future.
The third one is Halle Edmister of RV Technical Institute. She started in a supplier’s warehouse where her boss saw potential in her and that her talents were being wasted. He went out of his way to find her a job with a different company, Furrion, where she really started to get her legs.
She then joined the RV Technical Institute, where she flourished into a young lady who likes to take charge of projects and put her signature on everything she touches. Halle volunteers on many RVWA projects and impresses her peers with her leadership.
The fourth candidate is Natalie Naquin of East to West. She is the first woman Sales Manager at East to West and the first rep to manage Camping World independently.
With over 100 accounts, Natalie has made a difference in the RV industry and paved the way for this type of salesperson in the future. Today other dealers are requesting this type of experience, and some competitors are replicating.
Natalie has a tough and challenging job, but she is also paving the way for more women to be in RV sales.
The fifth finalist is Nicole Robison of Dometic. She started with the company in a customer service role, where she quickly differentiated herself with her ability to swiftly learn products and work with customers to solve issues with significant supply chain issues.
Her personal skills and reputation for getting things done led her to be promoted to inside sales, then outside sales. She now covers some of Dometic’s most important accounts and often leads the sales team.
She’s also Dometic’s Ambassador of Fun, spearheading the company’s efforts to build better internal relationships and to have fun.
The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 11th, at The Renaissance in Schaumburg, Illinois.