Gerry Ryan OAM, Founder, Jayco Corporation (Australia)
The Richard Davis Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Peak National Body was introduced last year in dedication to the late Richard Davis. His continuous industry-wide service and determination towards establishing accreditation in the caravan park industry created the legacy of a program that now constitutes a key pillar of Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
This year we congratulate Gerry Ryan, OAM, Founder of Jayco Corporation (Australia) as a commendable recipient of this award.
We recognise Gerry’s great entrepreneurial mind and selfless generosity, provided both financially and via guidance to both CRVA and the RVMAA, and his continued involvement with Caravan Industry Association of Australia. Without such commitment to developing the industry through support of the national representative bodies, both industry and what is now Caravan Industry Association of Australia would look very different to what they do today.
Although Gerry could not be present at the Gala Dinner of the 2017 National Conference to accept the award in person, he said via video message, “It’s a great honour to receive an award named after Richard Davis. I worked with him many years ago and he taught me there’s more fun in giving than receiving”. Gerry raised a toast to everyone working in the industry.