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Carol Doney, Event Manager, Horizon Global A fter leaving the Navy, I moved to Ohio and needed a job. I searched the newspaper ads and found an opening at U-Haul. I was hired in the customer service department, which included helping customers find the appropriate hitch, ball mount, etc. U-Haul reminded me of the Navy because the company gave women opportunities in male-dominated roles. A year later, I moved to Michigan for a managerial position and quickly climbed the ladder to corporate store manager, area field manager, then traffic control manager, where I oversaw 200 locations and 23 corporate stores. After six years at U-Haul, I had my youngest son and left the company to focus on family. Less than a year later, though, Draw-Tite called with an opportunity to work with customers in support of national sales. I was working for Draw-Tite and was sent to RVIA to walk the show. It was great to finally meet some of the people that buy and use our product. I was a natural in the booth. I loved it. The people were so friendly, and it was a family atmosphere; I knew I wanted to oversee events. Ironically, I oversaw the U-Haul account to start. I went on to head the Focus 100 program, solely handling print advertising, pricing, displays, and finally shows. I love interacting with our customers and creating beautiful displays to showcase our products. I handle more than 180 events each year. There are two awards I hold near and dear. The Outstanding Performance Award (previously given only to someone in sales) that I received in 1999 and the President's Award that I received in 2013. I was the first woman to receive each award. These two awards are special to me because they recognized my hard work and willingness to help the company succeed. Lynn Mida, Technical Services Representative, Horizon Global Americas I interviewed with Draw-Tite about two weeks before Christmas in 1977 and was told, "Be in here on the third of January 1978, 6 a.m., ready to go." I just wanted to make money and buy a car.. I bought a 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix the year after I began working for the company. For two years, I worked as a press operator in the plant. I was 19 skinny like a string bean. I was bending 40-pound bars. After that first year, I put on 30 pounds of muscle. I was getting paid to work out. After about two years, I was ready for a new challenge and took a position as an engineering technician. In 2002, I was promoted, again, to hitch designer. After a few more years, my title was design engineer. The turning point for me came when I joined the engineering team. I had only worked a couple years in the manufacturing, and I could see that that was not what I wanted to do full-time. But engineering allowed me to create and solve problems. Although the company changed hands several times through the years, I was always onboard. I'm lucky, you know. Even though we went through five or six different owners, I was always within a 20-mile radius, and I was never laid off one hour in 40 years. Although I had many accomplishments over my career, I am most proud of raising my two kids, my son and daughter, marrying my new beautiful wife, and bonding with my new daughter. Those are my proudest accomplishments. RV PRO: Origins July 2018 • RV PRO • 141

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