February '18

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14 • RV PRO • February 2018 rv-pro.com 14 • RV PRO • February 2018 rv-pro.com Anthony Wollschlager President, Dicor Few people can credit tennis as being the catalyst for their life in the RV industry, but that's Dicor President Anthony Wollschlager's story. And like tennis, where the ball is always moving, so has Wollschlager's career. After moving to the U.S. from Australia on an athletic schol- arship, Wollschlager attended University of Evansville in Indiana, where he met his wife, Julie. They married after graduation and moved to Elkhart, Ind., Julie's hometown. Wollschlager soon realized "that there was a lot going on in a small town and it's all RV-related." Although Wollschlager was an education major and spent a year teaching, he was bit by the RV bug. Local entrepreneur George Thomas, president of Duo-Form Plastics, initially opened the door for Wollschlager, offering him an outside sales rep position. From Duo-Form, Wollschlager transitioned to Wesco Distribution, where he worked his way up the ranks during his eight years there. In late 2015, Dicor President Gregg Fore invited Wollschlager to lunch. The company was looking for new leadership. Once again, the ball was in Wollschlager's court. In February 2016, Wollschlager became the COO for Dicor Corp. Just 18 months later, in October 2017, Fore announced his retirement and Wollschlager was pro- moted to president. Even in that short period of time, much has happened at Dicor. In September 2016, Airxcel acquired both Dicor and MCD window coverings, leading to more changes. "There are four companies within Dicor Corp.: Dicor Prod- ucts, United Shade, Vixen Composites and Seal Design. In October 2017, I also became president of MCD. So, I took on the responsibility as president of MCD as well as Dicor in October," Wollschlager says. "There's been a lot of rapid change. It's been exciting. It's created a lot of opportunities for us in our business and for our personnel." Wollschlager credits many of the people he has met along the way as instrumental in not only his life in the RV industry, but his transition to life in the United States. "I've been very fortunate to be around many great leaders and managers. While I was at Wesco, I worked with a gentleman by the name of Kevin Pugh, who taught me a great deal about running a business. I also owe a lot to Dick McBride while I was at Duo-Form Plastics. I still talk to Dick to this day. Gregg Fore, with Dicor, has had the most impact on my career so far even though we've only been together for a short amount of time. I was very fortunate to have a lot of great people in my life as I moved through my career and when I first made the journey to the United States." Wollschlager, age 37, says he's very proud to have been chosen as one of RVIA's 40 Under 40. "It's always nice to be recognized by your industry peers. There is a great deal of pride that comes with that," he says. "There are so many outstanding industry performers of various ages. They are role models that I look up to. My goal would be to continue to do the things that I do, just at a higher level and hopefully make an impact further on in the industry. But by all means, I was very excited." LEADERSHIP

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