February '19

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28 • RV PRO • February 2019 rv-pro.com D E A L E R S E ven amidst a consolidating dealer market and the rise of mega-dealerships, there remains a place for smaller, independent players with a will to compete. Such is the case of Drew's RV Techs, a scrappy dealership and mobile repair operation on the Florida Suncoast near Tampa. The path to success for the dealership's founder, Drew Anklin, hasn't been a straight line. Far from it. It has, however, resulted in an insightful and inspiring story for fellow entrepreneurs in the industry. Back in 2012, Anklin already had a lengthy service career working at dealerships spanning from Syracuse, N.Y., down the Eastern seaboard to Greenville, N.C., and ultimately to Spartanburg, S.C., and then Charleston, S.C. "I had been in the industry for over 25 years and really was always a service technician, first and foremost," says Anklin. "I had started in Syracuse and once the kids were grown my wife, June, encouraged me to move to a warmer part of the country. So, we did, and that led to me working at a few more dealerships, generally working my way further south as I went. Ultimately, he got a call that changed his trajectory – if not geographically, then certainly professionally – in a big way. Scrappy Florida upstart Drew's RV Techs proves that old school hustle and focusing on repair work can be a winning formula in the age of mega-dealerships. By Jake Rishavy Centered on Service

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