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rv-pro.com April 2019 • RV PRO • 23 Designed, serviced and manufactured in the USA, the Intelli-Power 1000 features reverse battery protection, thermally controlled fan speed, auto restart after power interruptions and an easy AC hardwire hookup. This sine inverter provides 1,000 W of continuous power, 2,000 W of peak power and can come with or without a built-in GFCI. www.progressivedyn.com | (269) 781-4241 | 507 Industrial Rd, Marshall MI 49068 The All-New INTELI-POWER ® 1000 Watt Pure Sine Inverter willing to learn and believe in talent development. I've been in this industry for nearly 30 years and I've seen that typically there is not a lot of energy and resources given to leadership and talent development. Mike is a big believer in that; I'm a big believer in that. Building a team was high on the list." At the top of that list is Adam Christoffersen, one of Degnan's first hires, who came over from the motorized division as product sales manager. "He's what the future of Winnebago Towables is going to look like: talented, smart, humble, hungry, a fast learner," Degnan says of Christoffersen, who was named to RVIA's most recent "40 Under 40" list of emerging industry leaders. "So, we sat down and built a long-range plan for what we want (Winnebago Towables) to look like three, five and 10 years from now, and then we started to work to develop that plan," Degnan says. "Mike gave me the green light to go find talent, so we've done that. We're developing a high-performance culture that knows how to compete and wants to compete." Product Overhaul Takes Shape In terms of product, the first thing Degnan did was order the discontinuance of about 12 different products. "We wiped them off the table," Degnan says. "All that was kept was the Minnie, the Micro Minnie and the Winnie Drop." Those three products were created by the previous leadership team and had gained some level of traction in the retail market. Of note was the Winnie Drop, a retro-looking teardrop trailer that was well-received from the start. Next came innovation. Late in 2016, the Minnie Plus, the division's largest travel trailer, was introduced to do battle in the most competitive segment, followed by introduction of the divi- sion's first Minnie Plus fifth wheel. During this period, the Winnie Drop was rebranded to the Minnie Drop to be consistent with the Minnie brand. (While Degnan and his new team were immersed in rebuilding the division in 2016, Winnebago Industries stunned the RV industry that autumn with the purchase of Grand Design. The move helped satisfy a directive from Winnebago's Board of Directors to make the company relevant in towables, but Degnan still remained under the gun to overhaul the Winnebago Towables division.) In Degnan's original game plan, he envisioned the division's product offerings to be "an intuitive progression through the Minnie family, from 6-1/2-foot wides with single axles and non- slides through 7-foot wides with single axles to full-size 8-foot

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