August '17

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12 • RV PRO • August 2017 rv-pro.com ® Celebrating LEADING WOMEN in the RV Industry Celebrating LE A DING WOMEN in the RV Industry Trailblazers. That's an apt description of the women featured in this month's special section designed to highlight and celebrate the accomplish- ments and contributions of women in the RV industry in the U.S. and Canada. Those being recognized by RV PRO this year include the co-founder of what was until recently the largest privately held RV manufacturer in North America, presidents and vice presidents of leading supplier and distributor firms, and a top executive with a powerful industry association, to name just a few. Be sure to read the articles highlighting these 10 notable women in the Profiles in Progress feature starting on page 14. Also be sure to check out this month's dealer profile on wom- an-owned Macdonald's RV Center in New England, which remains proudly independent in a consolidating marketplace. Owner Karen Macdonald credits the dealership's longevity (70 years and counting) to maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit. That story begins on page 28. Finally, be sure to check out RV PRO's exclusive Q&A with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who, as representative for Indiana's Second Congressional District (which includes Elkhart County), represents the RV capital in the U.S. Capitol. In that article, starting on page 34, Walorski shares details about founding the RV Caucus, sponsoring the REC Act to help measure the size of the outdoor industry, and more. So, take a few moments to enjoy the feature content and appreciate the contributions of these notable women, who are paving inroads into the industry and setting the bar high for those who follow them. RV PRO sincerely thanks everyone who participated in this special section. It is our honor to share these stories. Finally, many thanks to Blue Ox, Dometic, MBA Insurance, Reese (Horizon Global), RVDA and RVDA of Canada, Robert Thibert, Inc., and U.S. Warranty Corp. for sponsoring this special section. — Promoters —

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