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July '18

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Fred Swinney, National Sales Manager, Vanleigh RV I was trying to get out of the fire service in Alabama. I had a friend who worked at Campers Inn and he asked if I would be willing to move to New England. I interviewed with the Hirsch family April 2014 in Kingston, N.H., for a sales position in their new Union, Conn., location. I started working for them in June 2014. I left my wife and two small children back in Alabama to make sure I wasn't making a mistake by moving my entire family at once. I moved the family up in July 2014 and stayed until August 2016. When I arrived at the Campers Inn store, we were carrying Tiffin Motor- homes. I wanted to be the top guy on that product because I grew up 25 min- utes from the Tiffin plant. Once I learned the product in and out, customers would ask for me by name, or "The Southerner." I met the factory reps for all the products and realized that was my goal: To work for the factory. While working the Hershey Show in 2015, I met Ryan Ellson, the national sales manager of Vanleigh. I introduced myself and kept in touch. I called him one day and he said he was leaving Vanleigh and it was my lucky day. He set up an interview and that's when I reached my goal: I was hired by Vanleigh. It all started with that one move – to have the courage to move my family 1,300 miles away and give them a better life. This led me to be the national sales manager at Vanleigh RV. 140 • RV PRO • July 2018 RV PRO: Origins J U LY S P E C I A L S E C T I O N ✪ Robert Henderson, Owner, Henderson's Lineup Brake & RV T he company was known in the area for working on automotive and light trucks with a focus on alignment, brakes and steering. The first type of motorhome to come in for work was the Class C Dodges that had serious handling and steering problems. We had moved into a shop that had a door big enough to accommodate a motorhome and we just started working away at resolving the issues. Ultimately, it became necessary to relocate to a larger shop and in 1990 we moved to the location we are still at today. As I grew with the company, my desires changed. I enjoy the challenge of taking vehicles and transforming the way they handle. When we started working on motorhomes, we realized how great the need was to address the handling and drivability to allow customers to have peace of mind.As time went on, I learned a lot about the RV industry. I worked with a Safe-T-Plus rep who loved to travel, and he drug me to all these rallies where I shared our story and performed inspections. In 1988, we trademarked SuperSteer and that lead to the SuperSteer Bell Crank. We have sold thousands of them. Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior was the turning point in my life and I believe he has been the cornerstone for the accomplishments of the company. As far as the RV side, a turning point would be when we became a manufacturer – to really come out with something that wouldn't just affect our business but would help lots of other businesses provide customers with improvements. I'm most proud of the fact that our team can make other people's dreams come true with a safer and happier driving experience. Robert Henderson, right

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