ATHENS, Texas – The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) bestowed five Champion Awards Aug. 21 to people attending the Texas RV Association’s (TRVA) 48th annual convention.
The awards were given in recognition of the recipients’ partnership with the academy and its mission to train certified RV technicians and inspectors. The 2022 Champion Awards were presented by NRVTA President Terry “Cooper” Cooper and Director of Administration Stephanie Henson to:
- Fred Petrivelli, vice president of sales for Keystone Automotive Operations, the parent company of NTP-Stag. This was the second time the company was honored by NRVTA for its donations of RV appliances and other equipment for use in the academy’s hands-on training labs.
- Jay Vaarre, director of business for Dometic’s service division. He was recognized for sending multiple students through NRVTA training programs before deploying graduates as mobile service technicians.
- Ken and Cara Boggs, with Amazing RVs, a Texas dealership that has sent several technicians to NRVTA basic and advanced training courses.
- Rob Boyer, an Alliance RV staff member and service liaison. He worked with NRVTA to develop a customer empowerment program to provide basic technical training to Alliance RV owners.
- Kevin White, president of TRVA, who was honored for his long-term commitment to NRVTA, which the association endorsed as a training provider.
Cooper commended the recipients for their support of NRVTA’s staff and students.
“Without the steadfast commitment of these individuals, NRVTA would not be able to provide quality training at the level our students need and have come to expect,” he explained. “It takes a lot of support to consistently deliver exceptional training programs to an industry demanding better-educated professional technicians and inspectors.
“We call this the Champion Award because it best describes the deserving people who receive it,” said Cooper. “Not only are they champions of our mission at NRVTA, they have also championed the RV industry in general by making significant contributions to its long-term success.”
The four-day convention took place Aug. 19 to 22 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort near Bastrop, Texas. More than 100 dealers and suppliers as well as finance and insurance professionals attended the event, which included training sessions, planning meetings and social activities.
NRVTA released a video of several Champion Award recipients speaking about their partnership with the school. It can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFg2r5dzKBA.
For more information about NRVTA’s programs to become a certified RV technician or inspector, visit www.nrvta.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (903) 386-0444 to speak with a student advisor.
From left: Kevin White, TRVA president; Rob Boyer, Alliance RV staff member and service liaison; Cara and Ken Boggs, with Amazing RVs; Fred Petrivelli, Keystone Automotive Operations vice president of sales; and Terry “Cooper” Cooper, NRVTA president. Jay Vaarre, Dometic director of business for the service division, was not present for the photograph.