October '17

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26 • RV PRO • October 2017 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S Clark adds, "I'm also excited over what we can learn from Winnebago and have an inside seat to see what Winnebago does with the Winnebago-branded products. I am extremely excited for the prospects of the entire Winnebago corporation and very excited to see some of the products being developed and feel optimistic about Winnebago as a whole. "Winnebago has been very respectful in allowing Grand Design to be an independent business unit within the Win- nebago corporate umbrella," Clark adds. "Mike Happe has been very collaborative offering assistance where we need it. He has brought on some of the smartest people I've met in this industry into his ELT – Executive Leadership Team. It's been fun getting to know these talented individuals and learning new things from them. Hopefully, they've learned some insights from us. "We picked Winnebago because we shared a lot of the same business philosophies and ethics and wanted this to be a venture where 1 and 1 equal more than 2," he says. So, what does the future hold for Grand Design? "I was once told by a friend that a company is either 'green and growing, or ripe and rotting'. Grand Design is green and will continue growing," Clark says. "Grand Design will keep true to the commitments we made when starting our company, and will continue growing responsibly in the major towable RV segments where our dealers will see the greatest opportunity. "We are often asked when or if we will get into the motorized market, and my answer is that our immediate focus is on additional towable growth," Clark says. "After that … who knows!" Staley oversees the Reflection brand, which is currently ranked among the top three fifth wheel brands. Goldenberg started work for Clark at Keystone at age 19 and has risen through the ranks. Today he is GM of the Momentum brand, which is vying for the No. 1 fifth wheel toy hauler brand. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRAND DESIGN

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