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12 • RV PRO • February 2018 rv-pro.com 12 • RV PRO • February 2018 rv-pro.com Amber Briere Inventory Control Manager, Lazydays RV Briere came to Lazydays RV as a CPA with degrees from Florida State University and the University of South Florida. In her current role, she partners with sales managing the Lazy- days supply chain, including planning, forecasting, and order management. Her team is responsible for getting the right mix of RVs and parts, to the right dealership location, at the right time. Briere also serves as the treasurer of the Lazydays Employee Foundation, a not-for-profit that serves abused, abandoned, and neglected children. The Foundation has given more than $1.5 million to these at-risk children and was most recently awarded the Arthur J. Decio Humanitarian Award for outstanding civic and community outreach. Aaron Young General Manager, Dutchmen Mfg. Young has been involved in the RV industry for half of his life, starting as a plant employee and working his way up through hard work and enthusiasm. He moved into sales in 2005 after graduating from the University of Georgia and became a product manager, followed by a gen- eral manager position at Dutchmen/ Thor. He says the industry has been personally rewarding for him and he credits many special people he has worked with who have become close personal friends. "I owe so much to them as they have helped me become who I am today. I never want to think of a day I can't be in this industry enjoying what I do each and every day," he says. Adam Smith General Manager, Prime Time Mfg. Smith entered the industry in a production job at Monaco Coach in 2002 while finishing school. He later moved into a customer ser- vice role, and ultimately into a sales capacity in 2004. In 2009, he moved to Keystone RV as a sales rep for the Alpine and Avalanche fifth wheel lines before being promoted to product manager of Laredo fifth wheels and travel trailers in 2011. He became a product manager at Prime Time Mfg. in 2013 and managed several products including travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers before being promoted to sales manager and ultimately general manager. He says witnessing the resilience of the industry through the Great Recession has been the greatest experience of his career. "Despite those dark times, the leadership of this industry developed and implemented best practices that are driving sustainable growth today," he says. Andy Wesdorp General Manager, Heartland RV After a year of retail RV experience that was recommended to him by an OEM vice president, Wesdorp started in a sales territory at Car- riage RV in 2004. That blossomed into a national product manager role until he moved on six years later to help launch Redwood RV. In less than three years, that team achieved 41 percent market share for luxury fifth wheels. Wesdorp now is gen- eral manager of the Landmark, Road Warrior and Fuel brands at Heartland RV. His introduction to the RV lifestyle came on a spring break trip in 1992, when he spent a week camping in a 22-foot bunkhouse. "My grandfather, who taught me to love nature, had just passed," he says. "This week in nature allowed me to make peace with losing him while celebrating life with my best friend." Angela Howard Media Relations Manager, Horizon Global Americas Howard's career began in TV as a trained writer and journalist who worked in television news for nearly a decade, reporting and anchoring at stations in Michigan and Florida. In 2014, she made a career change and began working in public rela- tions and media at Horizon Global, the parent company for towing, leveling and cargo management brands including Bulldog, Draw- Tite, Reese and Tekonsha. She now manages all public and media rela- tions, advertising, and social media for the company. Her intro- duction to the camping and RVing lifestyle came at an early age. "My favorite memories are of roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire at my grandparents' trailer," she says. LEADERSHIP

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