Over the weekend we lost one of the real gentlemen of the caravanning industry in Kevin O’Brien. He was 80 years old.
Kevin was a great caravanning entrepreneur identifying the need for a specialised caravan repair business back in 1963 – Classic Caravan Repair Centre.
He later went on in 1972 to restructure and launch a separate wholesale business – Camec which subsequently was purchased by Fleetwood in 2000.
Kevin gave back tremendously to the caravanning industry, sharing his knowledge freely, and serving on both the Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Victoria (CTIAV) Board as well as being a founding Director of what is now known as Caravan Industry Association of Australia. He was President of both organisations during his time on each Board.
Kevin was awarded the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence (the industry’s highest individual honour) in 1995, and was awarded both life membership by CTIAV as well as being inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Our condolences go to his wife Tanith, his children James, Gabby and Georgina and their families.
*article supplied by Caravan Industry Association of Australia.