Wade Elliott of Utility Supply Group, which supplies pedestals, power boxes and other electrical equipment to RV parks, has received the campground industry’s highest honor, the Stan Martin Memorial Award.
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds gave the award to Elliott for his volunteer work on industry committees and boards, and his participation in trade shows as a seminar leader. Elliott, whose company is based in Kingston, Washington, worked in concert with Doug Mulvaney of Kampgrounds of America and Bruce Hopkins of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association to gain a three-year delay in a National Electric Code requirement to ground each park and campground electric pedestal with copper ground rods. Elliott contends that the rods are unnecessary because the pedestals are already properly grounded.
“If we hadn’t been there to intervene this new regulation could have cost a 100-site park owner $7,000 to $10,000,” Elliott said, adding the potential cost to park operators across the country would have exceeded $32 million.