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26 • RV PRO • February 2018 rv-pro.com 26 • RV PRO • February 2018 rv-pro.com Michael Terlep General Manager, Forest River Terlep began his career at Forest River in 2012 under the leadership of Doug Gaeddert and Ron Mullet with the Salem and Wild- wood brands. In his five years under Gaed- dert and Mullet, he held positions of sales trainee, regional sales manager and national sales manager. In May 2017, he accepted the role of general manager with Forest River's Cardinal fifth wheels, where he currently serves. He says his favorite camping memory involves his dad (Mike Terlep), brother (Nick Terlep) and uncle (Tim Terlep). "The Thanksgiving after my grandfather passed away, the four of us drove my parents' RV up to Green Bay, Wis., for the Packers versus Bears Thanksgiving Day game," he says. "My grandfather was a big Packers fan." Melissa Harrigan Lead Service Advisor, Hemlock Hill RV Harrigan was hired into the RV industry in 2012 to help in the service department at Hemlock Hill RV. She is outgoing and a hard worker who strives for a great customer experience. As a result, she has advanced to become the store's lead service advisor, taking on leadership roles. She says her goal is to advance into a management position and bring Hemlock Hill's service department to the next level. Her favorite camping experience came in 2016 at Brialee Tent and RV Park in Ashford, Conn. "We took our 10-day-old newborn and 2-year-old daughter camping on my maternity leave," she says. "It was a unique family bonding experience, one I will never forget!" Shawna Plemmons Vice President, Bill Plemmons RV World Plemmons has held a variety of positions in the dealership, beginning in 1998 as a part-timer in the parts department and later as a service receptionist. In 2002, she served as a service advisor full time. After five years in the service department, Plemmons moved to administrative assistant. From 2010 to 2016, she worked in the sales department serving as assis- tant sales manager, sales desk man- ager, sales manager and finance. In 2016, she was promoted to vice president. Her RVing memories revolve around her grandfather, Bill Plemmons, who had two permanent travel trailers in Myrtle Beach, S.C. "My memories are of the camp- ground, meeting new friends, having first crushes, summer nights, lunches on the beach, sand, sun and fun!" she says. LEADERSHIP Monika Geraci Senior Manager Strategic Policy & Communications, RVIA Geraci joined the RV Industry Association's government affairs team in 2010. Since then, she has been a driving force behind the growth of Advocacy Day, the release of the first-ever economic impact study of the RV industry, and the strategic policy communi- cations of the association. Before RVIA, she worked for the public relations firm Berman and Co. and in Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom- ney's External Relations Office. She said her family regularly toured in a motorhome when she was a child, but her favorite memory was a trip to the Western U.S. when she was 9. "We went from Southern California to Canada to Nebraska and back," she says. "We saw a lot of great sites along the way, but what I remember most fondly is laying on the bed in the back of the motorhome with my brothers and sisters making faces at all the cars passing by and trying to get the semi-trucks to blow their horns. We thought we were hilarious." Ryan Ellson Regional Sales Manager, Thor Motor Coach Ellson started his career in the RV industry in 2011 in retail sales. After spending several years in retail sales between Florida, Arizona and Colorado, he transitioned to wholesale with Thor Motor Coach as a district sales manager for the diesel division. Since then, he has held the position of national sales man- ager for Vanleigh RV in Burnsville, Miss., and currently serves as the regional manager for the central U.S. in Thor Motor Coach gas division. For a time, he was a full-time RVer, living with is chocolate lab in a fifth wheel in Tucson, Ariz., for a season. "I enjoyed the company of people from all over North America in all types of RVs," he says.

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