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rv-pro.com March 2019 • RV PRO • 33 Nick Haarhues Senior Engineering Technician, Carefree of Colorado Since 2011, Nick Haarhues has shown a passion for success, and has proven a strong commitment to the company and industry by traveling to customer sites for troubleshooting and training. As a member of the engineering team, Haarhues uses leadership, research, and dedication to improve product and methods, helping Carefree to be the most technologically advanced sup- plier of awnings in the industry. Among his recent achievements, he led the charge on imple- menting CNC fabric cutting and fabric welding, enabling Care- free to double efficiencies and throughput. Now as a senior engineering technician, Haarhues continues to strive for quality and innovation, while positively influencing his colleagues. AJ G. Pettis Assistant Service Manager, Ron Hoover RV & Marine of West Houston AJ Pettis is the assistant ser- vice manager at Ron Hoover RV & Marine, where he assists with managing more than 24 employees. He has been with Ron Hoover for more than eight years. He says he has spent exten- sive time learning and training with some of the brightest minds in the RV Industry. Pettis earned his certification as a RVDA ser- vice manager with hard work and continued self-development. His day-to-day focus is to build and strengthen rapport with every customer. Pettis has worn several hats in the RV industry, including lot porter, lot manager, parts advisor, service writer, and assistant service. Pettis has been nominated by his peers as employee of the year four times. He enjoys composing music on his off time and going on fishing trips with his family. Stephanie Puglisi RVFTA Podcast Network, RV Family Travel Atlas Stephanie Puglisi is the CEO and co-creator of the RVFTA Podcast Network, a boutique media company that creates con- tent for camping and RV enthu- siasts. She is also the author of The Idiot's Guide: RV Vacations and the forthcoming See You At the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connec- tion, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors. Puglisi produces two weekly podcasts: RV Family Travel Atlas and Campground of the Week, and is a regular contributor to Trailer Life magazine. As she stated in a recent Go RVing Away video, "It might sound silly to say, but RVing truly changed our lives." Sam Jefson Public Relations Specialist, Winnebago Industries Sam Jefson joined Winnebago Industries in April 2015. As a public relations specialist, he has played a role in a wide variety of internal and external corporate communication efforts. During his time at Winnebago, he has enjoyed working alongside his teammates to share the compa- ny's recent transformation story through a number of industry, local, state and national outlets. Prior to joining Winnebago, Jefson worked in journalism as a reporter. He received a bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Northern Iowa.

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