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RV PRO: Origins July 2018 • RV PRO • 29 Joanna Agosta Shere, Vice President, Steele Rubber Products M y grandfather began the business 60 years ago, and my father is now the president of our company. I grew up watching them both work hard at making the business what it is today. I began helping them as a child, but throughout my teen years and into my college days I held a variety of positions working in manufacturing and customer service. After I graduated, I worked 'away from home' in several roles – one of which was in sales and marketing for an association of engineers. When I returned home, I applied my experience in a variety of roles, including sales and marketing. I recognized an opportunity as we started producing weather-stripping for RVs. Now, as the vice president for the past two years, it has been one of my goals to continue to grow our presence in this market. We displayed a booth for the first time this year at the Tampa RV Show. The people were wonderful, and we learned so much. We felt at home with people who were excited about their hobby of camping. Now, I want to be part of the RV world as well. I've recently sold my 1969 El Camino and am looking into which RV may be the best for my family. In addition to being member to and partner in a great organi- zation with amazing and talented people, I am proud of having pushed for the involvement in the RV market by our company. I am confident that my grandfather, who started the business out of the back of his garage, would be proud to see what his creation has become today. rv.steelerubber.com Quality Seals for Slide-Outs, Doors, Compartments, Vent Hatches & More 800-230-6378 Catalog FREE

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