July '18

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Kyle Bonita, National Sales Manager, Torklift A good friend of mine worked for Torklift. When I moved up north to Puyallup, Wash., he called me and was wondering if I wanted to come in and have an interview with the production manager because they were hiring. About a week or two into working at Torklift, I happened to walk into Torklift President Jack Kay's office on one of my breaks to ask him a little more about the company because I believed strongly in the company's vision and how Torklift was founded. Toward the end of the meeting, he asked me what I wanted to accomplish at Torklift. I mentioned to him that, one day, I would like to be sitting in his chair and the plaque would have my name on it. After taking the many different sales trainings and classes offered at Torklift, I eventually became the national sales manager. I remember my first field experience interacting with a group of our local dealers. We had them attend a general location event where we hosted a full product training, served lunch and conducted a Sta- bleLoad Challenge. I firmly believe in hands-on training and making sure customers understand the benefits and value of our product. Being able to see their natural reaction to the effectiveness of our products – that is a major reward. A major turning point for me was realizing how much potential this industry has and the relationships that can be made along the journey. One of the best moments for me was earning the position I am in now. I am just one of the many faces of Torklift and have the pleasure of continuing the legacy that has been built here. Hannah Orr, Marketing Manager, Torklift A t 17, I needed a job to afford a stable home. A family friend encouraged me to submit my resume to Torklift and gave a recommendation. Upon being interviewed, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Candice Kay gave me a chance based on what she determined was my charisma, my personality, and what she saw as potential. My goals were to fix my car, find a home of my own, and overall to gain experiences and learn skills that could help me suc- ceed at Torklift. I aspired to be my best and best serve the company. The first industry show I went to was the Puyallup RV Show in Puyallup, Wash. I found the customers to be very friendly and inviting. As I was a bit inexperienced at the time, I spent most of my time in my first show observing my fellow team members interacting with customers and asking them questions to better understand the industry and products. The biggest turning point in my career was when I began training in graphic design. With no previous schooling on the subject, I learned most of the skills I use today. This allowed me to prove my capabilities to both myself and Torklift. One accomplishment I am proud of is shooting a video project with minimal video filming and editing experience and completing everything, including editing, in three days, which normally takes around a week. Now, I can shoot and make a video in a day and still use many of the techniques I learned from that first shoot. 134 • RV PRO • July 2018 RV PRO: Origins J U LY S P E C I A L S E C T I O N ✪

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