September '18

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96 • RV PRO • September 2018 rv-pro.com T he lure of the outdoors, a booming family business, and the opportunity to rejoin his parents in their work drew Logan Gregoire away from an exciting career in Washington, D.C., and back home to Vermont last year. Gregoire grew up in the family business, Vermont Country Campers, in the town of East Montpelier, just outside of the state's capital of Montpelier. But after graduating from the University of Vermont with degrees in political science, psy- chology, and anthropology, he landed a job as a staff member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont for four years. "During that time, my dad and I were on the phone every night, talking shop," he says. His dad is Layne Gregoire, who with his wife, Cindy, launched Vermont Country Campers in 1996. In the nation's capital, Gregoire was missing his life back in Vermont. So, even though he had just received a promotion at his job in the Senate, he decided to return home. "That's how serious I was about coming back and joining the family dealership," he says. Business is Booming It was a good time to get back to the business. Vermont Country Campers – which Gregoire says is one of the high- est-volume dealerships in New England – was making plans to open a new location two hours away in Epsom, N.H. Vermont Country Campers is thriving thanks to its emphasis on carrying a wide selection of respected brands and its strong focus on service after the sale. By Craig Young Vermont's 'Candy Store of Campers' PHOTOS BY STEFAN HARD Vermont Country Campers founders Cindy and Layne Gregoire are pictured with their son, Logan, the dealership's director of sales, in front of the store in East Montpelier, Vt. The dealership carries a large and varied inventory of new and used RVs. "We essentially are the candy store of campers," Logan Gregoire says. D E A L E R S

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