February '18

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rv-pro.com February 2018 • RV PRO • 17 rv-pro.com February 2018 • RV PRO • 17 Brandon Bretz Corporate Controller, Bretz RV & Marine Bretz started his RV career while in ele- mentary school, mastering the arts of shoveling snow, sweeping shop floors and washing campers at his family's RV dealership. While attending the Uni- versity of Montana's School of Busi- ness Administration, he worked as an intern in the dealership's accounting department. He has worked in nearly every position in the dealership – parts, service, sales, and finance, and is cur- rently the controller. The Bretz organi- zation has grown to include six dealerships throughout Montana and Idaho. Chris Bornemann Senior Manager of Government Affairs, RVIA Bornemann is responsible for man- aging the RV Industry Association's newly-revamped federal affairs pro- gram, tasked with engaging Congress, the Administration and allied trade associations to promote and protect the interests of the RV industry. He leads activities associated with the House and Senate RV Caucuses, Outdoor Recreation Industry Round- table and spearheads RVIA's initiative aimed at modernizing and expanding RV camping opportunities on public and private lands. Ryan Smith Vice President, Lippert Components Smith began his career in the RV industry at Seating Technologies, an RV mattress and furniture man- ufacturer, immediately after gradu- ating from college in 2006. Three years later, Seating Technologies was acquired by LCI, where his role changed to sales, operations and product development. In 2012, he was promoted to vice president of operations for Lippert Interiors. "Watching the Lippert Interiors segment, along with the team members that fuel it, grow into what it is today has been a truly gratifying experience," he says. Ashley (AJ) Jones Senior General Manager, Heartland RV Jones has been in the RV industry for 12 years, and oversees five brands as a senior general manager for Heartland RV. But to say he worked his way into the position might be an understate- ment. It seems he was born to be the "King of Toy Haulers", because he says some of his favorite memories are of traveling with his family to a property in Michigan's Upper Peninsula while towing a 44-foot Cyclone toy hauler loaded with toys. Ben Hettrick General Manager, Smith's RV Centre Hettrick has been the general manager with Smith's RV Centre in Ontario, Canada, for the past five years, ensuring the continuation of the company's values of integrity, excel- lence, success and teamwork. Upon graduating with a business adminis- tration degree in 2003, he dedicated his efforts to learning all aspects of the growing business. Hettrick says he has a close group of friends who enjoy using his RV during moose- hunting expeditions. "My RV allows us to access remote locations, ensuring a successful hunt and an uninterrupted opportunity to build memories," he says. Ben Hirsch Chief Operating Officer, Campers Inn RV As COO for Campers Inn RV, Hirsch oversees the company's operations and has helped add 10-plus stores in four years. As an at-large delegate, he also has worked to grow the RV Dealers Association Young Executives pro- gram. Hirsch is a West Point graduate and holds a master's of business admin- istration from Wharton University. He also has served as a U.S. Army captain, Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and is an Iraqi combat veteran. Hirsch grew up in the RV industry and each year his family would take a motor- home trip from Massachusetts to Florida, with Ben acting as the navigator/co-pilot for his father, David Hirsch.

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