July '18

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RV PRO: Origins July 2018 • RV PRO • 25 Amber Zepp, Key Account Manager, Trim-Lok A fter relocating to Indiana from Tucson, Ariz., in 2010 due to my husband's job with Garmin, I reached out to my uncle, who was a lead at the lamination plant for Forest River. He gave me a few contacts, one being Doug Gaeddert. It was a chance meeting when I dropped by his office on a Friday. The next Monday, I had an interview with Brent Stevens, and Thursday I was given a tremendous offer to become an RSM with XLR Toy Haulers. Both men took a chance on me – my background was banking; I had no idea what I was going to be selling. My first month, I spent out on the line watching these beautiful toy haulers being built and likely annoying our guys on the line. Once I attended my first show (Hershey), two months after I started with XLR, I knew I had finally found my place. I would be lying if I did not say that my initial goal was not to fail in an industry I knew nothing about. Brent Stevens, who took a great chance on me, told me that over time I would learn through osmosis. The first day at that Hershey show was exhilarating! I met so many amazing people in the industry. Gary Bunzer, who remains a close friend and mentor to this day, was one. Hershey remains close to my heart and a favorite show to this day! Although I enjoyed traveling and developing relationships with my dealer and retail customers, our son Wyatt was beginning to excel in athletics. I knew a shift was needed, yet I wanted to remain in an industry that was so welcoming to me and my family. The opportunity to join the Trim-Lok family came not only a blessing, but a great honor.

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