RVB Holds Top 50 Dealer Awards Ceremony in Vegas

A standing room-only crowd gathered Wednesday (Nov. 13) for the 2019 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Award ceremony, which took place during the RVDA Convention/Expo at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Singled out among the Top 50 RV dealers in North America were five Blue Ribbon honorees including Alpin Haus, Campers Inn RV, Curtis Trailers, Little Dealer Little Prices and Sicard RV as part of a Top 50 program sponsored by Airxcel, Brown & Brown, Cummins Power Generation, Dometic Corp., Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Northpoint Commercial Finance, NTP-STAG, Lippert Components Inc., Protective Asset Protection and Wells Fargo CDF.

Receiving special awards were British Columbia’s Voyager RV Centre, which was recognized with the Gaylord Maxwell Innovation Award sponsored by Lippert Components Inc. for creative business practices. Minnesota’s PleasureLand RV Center received the Arthur J. Decio Humanitarian Award sponsored by Wells Fargo CDF for excelling in charitable pursuits.

In presenting the Humanitarian Award, it was noted PleasureLand RV goes above and beyond in its charitable endeavors. Among other activities, PleasureLand staffers participate in Make-A-Wish while also packaging and donating meals to those in need, supporting families of deployed military members, and sponsoring prescription drug drop-off events that have netted seven 55-gallon drums of pills.

Voyager RV Centre President Jason Friesen addresses crowd on earning Gaylord Maxwell Innovation Award

Gesturing to the two dozen co-workers on stage with him and another 200 back at the dealership, PleasureLand owner Dan Pearson credited the dealership’s employees with the desire to make a positive difference for others. He related the story of one employee’s young son having cancer and how teddy bears brought him some comfort. He wanted to provide teddy bears to other hospitalized children, so the PleasureLand staff loaded up several golf carts and the youngster donated them to others at the facility.

“I read something a couple months ago that stuck with me. It said you only have one opportunity to live. Well, I disagree. You only have one opportunity to die. But you have a chance each and every day to live,” Pearson said.

In accepting the Innovation Award sponsored by Lippert, Voyager RV’s Jason Friesen acknowledged his father, Rod Friesen, who founded the dealership in 1984 with five consignment motorhomes, as being the most “innovative and creative entrepreneur I’ve met.”

“I might be a little bit biased, but if I ended up with even a fraction of his entrepreneurial creativity, I’ll consider myself lucky,” Friesen said. “I’ll leave you with two things that he always would say whenever we talked about different ideas: ‘Trust your gut’ and ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’”

Here (in alphabetical order) are the 2019 RVB Top 50 awardees:

Affinity RV Service, Sales & Rentals, Prescott, Ariz.

Airstream Adventures Northwest, Gladstone, Ore.

All Valley RV Center, Acton, Calif.

Alpin Haus, Amsterdam, N.Y.

ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

Beaver Coach Sales & Servic, Bend, Ore.

Bent’s RV, Metairie, La.

Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, N.C.

Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta

Bullyan RV, Duluth, Minn.

Burlington RV SuperStore, Sturtevant, Wisc.

Byerly RV Center, St. Louis, Mo.

Campers Inn RV, Jacksonville, Fla.     

Colonial Airstream & RV, Lakewood, N.J.

Colton RV, North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Curtis Trailers, Portland, Ore.

Dixie RV SuperStores, Hammond, La.

Fraserway RV, Abbotsford, British Columbia          

Fun Town RV, Cleburne, Texas

Giant Recreation World, Winter Garden, Fla.

Giant RV, Montclair, Calif.

Gib’s RV Superstore, Coos Bay, Ore.

Good Life RV, Webster City, Iowa

Greeneway RV Sales & Service, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.

Guaranty RV Super Centers, Junction City, Ore.

Hartville RV Center, Hartville, Ohio   

Lazydays RV, Seffner, Fla.

Little Dealer Little Prices, Mesa, Ariz.

Manteca Trailer & Motorhome, Manteca, Calif.

Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Modern Trailer Sales, Anderson, Ind. 

Moix RV Supercenter, Conway, Ark.

Mount Comfort RV, Greenfield, Ind.

Open Roads Complete RV, White, Ga.

Palm RV & Marine, Fort Myers, Fla.

PleasureLand RV Center, St. Cloud, Minn.

Rangeland RV & Trailer Sales, Rockyview, Alta.

RCD RV Supercenter, Heath, Ohio

Rich & Sons RV Headquarters, Grand Island, Neb.

Richardson’s RV Centers, Menifee, Calif.

Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers, Rockport, Texas

Sicard RV, Smithville, Ontario       

Steinbring Motorcoach, Garfield, Minn.

United RV Center, Ft. Worth, Texas    

US Adventure RV, Davenport, Iowa    

Veurink’s RV Center, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Voyager RV Centre, Winfield, British Columbia

Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales, New Castle, Ind.

Wilkins RV, Bath, N.Y.

Woody’s RV World, Calgary, Alberta

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