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Happy Holidays! As the end of 2014 nears, RVDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, here’s a look back at some of the most popular stories from RVDA's NewsBrief.

Society of Certified RV Professionals launches at RVDA convention
RVDA
From Nov. 12: RVDA’s new Society of Certified RV Professionals officially launched to a standing-room-only crowd at the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Nov. 10. Society chairman Rick Horsey detailed the organization's goal of improving customer service through increased certification of RV professionals and its program for helping individuals achieve and retain certification. Horsey also recognized five employees who have kept their certifications for up to 21 years. More details about the society’s benefits and opportunities will be released later this week.
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Is the CFPB tide turning?
DealerMarketing.com
From Dec. 10: Will recent changes in the political climate and court decisions trim the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s sails? Dealers are encouraged that Republicans will soon be in control of both sides of Congress and are hoping that a recent study on auto lending that blasts CFPB methodology will help move reform legislation forward. A Supreme Court case that could affect the agency’s rationale for regulating vehicle lending is also looming. However, the agency still has the ability to affect consumer loans in the short term.
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Debbie Brunoforte and Jim Shields inducted into RV/MH Hall of Fame
WSJV-TV
From Aug. 6: The RV/MH Hall of Fame grew a bit larger on Aug. 4 as the 2014 Hall of Fame class was inducted. Ten individuals from throughout the industry were selected for the honor. The class includes Debbie Brunoforte, the late Jim Shields, Bob Livingston, Peter Orthwein, John Roba, Barry Cole, Ed Evans, Thomas L. Kern, Richard King and Gary McDaniel. Brunoforte, of Little Dealer Little Prices, is a former RVDA chairman and recipient of the RVDA Chairman's Service Award. Shields, of Pan Pacific RV Centers, was also a former RVDA chairman and recipient of the 2013 James B. Summers Award.
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Miranda Lambert offers fans platinum experience with 'Wanda the Wanderer'
Country Weekly
From May 28: Country singer Miranda Lambert is taking her 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream trailer, affectionately named "Wanda the Wanderer," on a seven-city road trip from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to promote her new album, Platinum. This isn't Wanda's first tour, but it may be her most flamboyant — She's been newly adorned with a 6-foot-wide, 3-foot-tall jeweled aluminum crown. It'll be hard to miss her on the road.
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2014 convention/expo is past, but education opportunities continue
RVDA
From Nov. 26: The 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is over, but you can still get the benefits of the information that was presented during the workshops. Links to selected workshop PowerPoint presentations are posted on the convention website under the Resources menu as "presentations." To get information about sessions you missed or to share the educational experience with others, audio presentations are also available for order.
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3 ways to turn the table on your customer
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From Nov. 26: Certain customers will do whatever it takes to delay closing the deal. They'll ask you questions they know the answer to just to delay a decision. This is when you need to move away from the traditional sales strategy. Here are some surprising tips for regaining control and speeding up deals that are dragging along.
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Yep, that's an Airstream in that building facade
Brooklyn Eagle
From April 2: One of the coolest commercial buildings in East Williamsburg, NY, has an Airstream trailer built into it. Zona Rosa, a Mexican restaurant that opened last July, uses the 1940s vintage Airstream as its kitchen. In an earlier life, the Airstream was a food truck, complete with a wine and beer license.
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Body specialty course now available through the RV Learning Center
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
From Nov. 26: RV service technicians now have a specialty course available that will prepare them for certification in RV body repair. The course, which is offered by RVIA through the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, costs $69 and takes an average of 10-15 hours to complete. There are now five specialty courses available: body, appliances, chassis, electrical systems, and plumbing. Techs who hold all five specialties and meet a time-in-service requirement become Master Certified RV Technicians. An alternate path to that title is to take the comprehensive test that covers all subjects required for certification or master certification.
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World's 1st carbon fiber RV is eco-chic luxury on wheels
Gas2
From April 9: A first-of-its-kind carbon fiber motorhome weighs about 6,000 pounds and gets 100 percent to 150 percent better fuel economy — even though it’s loaded with all the usual luxuries, such as walk-in closets and flat screen TVs. The CR-1 was built using techniques from the race car world, and yes, it has a hefty price tag: $170,000 for a basic model.
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2 dealers and two associate members honored with RVDA Chairman's Service Awards
RVDA
From Nov. 11: Outgoing RVDA Chairman of the Board Jeff Hirsch honored two dealers and two industry leaders with Chairman’s Service Awards on Nov. 13 during RVDA’s annual meeting at the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. The annual award allows the chairman to personally recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to RVDA and the industry. Dealers receiving awards were Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV in Bath, NY, and Andy Heck of Alpin Haus in Amsterdam, NY. Industry recipients were Mel Adams of Airxcel and Bruce Hopkins of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
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