February '18

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rv-pro.com February 2018 • RV PRO • 23 rv-pro.com February 2018 • RV PRO • 23 Jonathan Brock Product Engineer, Keystone RV As product engineer at Keystone RV in Goshen, Ind., Brock is responsible for the Fuzion branded toy hauler engineering/design along with elec- trical engineering duties for Keystone, Dutchman and Crossroads. Brock is relatively new to the RV OEM side of the RV market, but has worked around the industry since earning his mechanical engineering degree from Tri-State University. He has devel- oped many RV-related aftermarket and OEM components for the U.S. market, along with the Euro- pean markets. Kary Galbreath Service Writer, D&N RV Service In five years in the RV industry, in both customer service and admin- istration, Galbreath says she has enjoyed working one-on-one with both customers and suppliers and it has been an enlightening expe- rience. She says she enjoys helping customers make a more informed decision regarding their RVs, which has led her to join the National RV Inspectors Association. She says she believes it is the next logical step in her journey toward helping more people enjoy their recreation time. Kirk Bates Controller, Newmar Corp. Bates started his career as a CPA in public accounting. But, having lived his entire life in northern Indiana, it was only natural for his career to progress toward the RV Industry. As the controller for Newmar Corp., he is responsible for many aspects of the finance and accounting departments. He says he enjoys working with num- bers and providing financial feedback on the company's operations. "I grew up camping with my grandparents at many of the state parks in and around the state of Indiana," he says. "My ultimate camping experience was recently taking a luxury Newmar moto- rhome on a camping trip with my family and enjoying some of the same things I enjoyed with my grandparents." Lindsey Johns Operations Manager, Travel Lite RV Larry Johns, founder of Travel Lite, gave his daughter-in-law, Lindsey, her first chance in the RV industry. She says she figured the best way to learn was to actually get out on the produc- tion line and watch RVs get built, even though she was hired to work in the office. Since those first days, she now has done everything from sales coordinating, sales, shipping, RVIA and state compliance, quality con- trol and purchasing. And now Johns owns Travel Lite with her husband, Dustin. Camping, though, is nothing new for Johns. Mark Davis National Sales Manager, Aqua-Hot Heating Systems After three years serving the end user at an RV dealership and 10 years in sales and marketing at Carefree of Colorado, Davis joined Aqua-Hot in 2014 as an OEM account man- ager and was soon promoted to his current role. Davis has compre- hensive experience in the vertical RV market, industry associations, and a keen understanding of future needs in the industry. His first day in the industry was also his first time behind the wheel of an RV. "I managed to flatten a fence and ruin a custom Dame mural on a Safari motorhome," he says. "Ask me sometime and I will tell you the story." Soeren Thanscheidt Senior Sales Engineer, Mercedes-Benz USA Thanscheidt graduated from Beuth University in Berlin, Germany, with a degree in mechanical engineering. Before his degree studies, he graduated as an automotive mechatronics engi- neer with BMW. In 2012, he joined Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. in Charleston, S.C., where he is currently a senior sales engineer. He is the technical con- sulting manager for all RV and fleet accounts. Thanscheidt also contributes to the development of new products to achieve improved business performance.

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