Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, has agreed to continue in that role for two more years and will succeed Barry Cole as chairman of the board when Cole’s term expires in August.
Searer suffered a heart attack last year and underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery, but he said he is up to the task. “I am pleased for the opportunity to continue for two more years, as challenging as it will be,” he said. “My goal during the past two years was to get the hall where it was financially viable—we’ve done that. But our new challenge of making the hall debt-free is incomplete. During the next two years, we hope to move as close as possible to making that a reality.”
The hall was in deep financial trouble when Searer, who has 50 years of experience in the RV industry, became president. Since then, it has lowered its debt from $5.5 million to $2.5 million. The remaining obligations include a $550,000 bank loan to complete the purchase of David Woodworth’s antique RV collection. Searer is seeking an individual or company to pay off the debt in return for naming rights to the collection.