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rv-pro.com April 2019 • RV PRO • 19 the Mississippi River, including most of Canada. Meanwhile, the Fenech brothers had left Coachmen and joined a new startup company, Keystone RV. "When the Fenechs left, it was diffi- cult for me," Clark says. "Ron, Bill and I became very close friends and not having them at Coachmen was kind of a per- sonal loss." The brothers lobbied Clark to join them at Keystone. "Keystone was still a startup and it was hard to leave a company that I had been at for so long," Clark recalls. "Coachmen had become my home by that point in time. I was respected within the com- pany and Keystone was a risk; it wasn't a sure thing." Clark took a leap of faith and joined Keystone, where he and the Fenechs helped Keystone experience great success. Postscript: In 2011, Clark and Bill and Ron Fenech left their positions with Thor Industries and resurfaced a year later with their new company, Grand Design RV. It became the fastest-growing com- pany in the history of the RV industry and was sold to Winnebago Industries for $500 million in 2016. After leaving the RV industry, Bill Fenech returned a few months later with a new company, Barletta Boats, and brother Ron eventually joined the board of Lip- pert Components. In 2016, Ernst & Young honored Clark with its Entrepreneur of The Year award for the Hospitality and Leisure category in the Ohio Valley Region. Next month: Cole Davis founds Keystone RV and blazes a trail to overnight success. Pete Liegl headed Coachmen's Shasta division at one time, with former Coachmen President Ray Johnson describing Liegl as "a key leader and an incredible talent." In 1996, Liegl founded Forest River, which is now the second-largest RV manufacturer in North America. fastwaytrailer.com • 877-523-9103 FASTWAY e2 - FASTER, EASIER. ™ The e2 ™ hitch's permanent, built-in sway control and weight distribution save you time and effort every time you hook up your trailer. FASTER, EASIER SWAY CONTROL

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