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'Ensuring consistency and continued success'

Top management changes at Caravan Industry Victoria

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VICTORIA'S peak body for the state's caravan and RV manufacturing industry has announced a major change in its top management.

Caravan Industry Victoria's long-serving chief executive Rob Lucas will hand over the reins to current general manager operations Daniel Sahlberg in January, while Mr Lucas will become chief executive of the National Caravan Industry Training College.

President Nat Schiavello said the handover was the culmination of a carefully planned succession process.

Announcing the changes, Mr Schiavello said Mr Lucas had built a strong foundation on which Mr Sahlberg would build further for the post-Covid era.

"This succession will ensure consistency and continued success for the association and the training college, which will continue to grow to its full potential," he said.

"Since Rob commenced as our chief executive in 2011, he has brought the association decisively into the 21st century.

"In 2012 he led the development of the Victorian Caravan Industry Blueprint, a 10-year strategic plan that set the course of the association in the decade since.

"In the subsequent decade he has turned the blueprint into today's reality, including a succession plan to take the association into the next decade."

Mr Schiavello said r Lucas always had a clear and unflinching focus on promoting and protecting members at all times.

"There is perhaps no better example of Rob's focus on looking after members than in ensuring consistency in the service we deliver to members while passing on the chief executive's role."

He described Mr Sahlberg as "a remarkable individual" who became product development and drafting manager of Windsor Caravans at the age of 20, then being a principal author of the RVMAP accreditation program.

"Since joining Caravan Industry Victoria in 2015 as industry development manager, he has worked alongside Rob on RV Service Safe, trade days, the Virtual Caravan Show, the training college and all our shows.

"Rob personally recruited Daniel and has mentored him to take over the chief executive role ... so the reins are passing from one pair of safe hands to another."

Founded in 1952, Caravan Industry Victoria has 240-plus members and owns the Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow, Melbourne Leisurefest, the Border Caravan & Camping Expo and the Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest.


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