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Advertisers and/ or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liabilities for printed ad- vertisements in RV PRO. Opinions expressed in RV PRO may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine, its management or its advertisers. Letters, photographs and manuscripts welcome. NATIONAL BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. PRESIDENT & CEO Robert H. Wieber Jr. VICE PRESIDENT / FINANCE Kori Gonzales, CPA VICE PRESIDENT / INTEGRATED MEDIA John Bennett VICE PRESIDENT / PUBLISHING & MARKETS Dave Pomeroy VICE PRESIDENT / AUDIENCE Lori Farstad DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES Wolf Butler 8 • RV PRO • April 2019 rv-pro.com Future Tech is Here Now T his month's magazine was proofed by Jef White, editor of our sister publication, THE SHOP, which is the leading trade magazine for performance, restyling and customization professionals. Jef graciously stepped in to oversee the production process so that I and the rest of the RV PRO team could attend RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City (look for full coverage of that show in our upcoming May issue). Once I arrived back in the office, I thanked Jef for his help, and I inquired if anything in this month's issue stood out to him, as someone who is outside of the RV industry. He didn't hesitate in his response: He said he was impressed by the technology that's being incorporated into today's RVs, especially as it relates to the many features on those units – including awnings, jacks, lights and slide-outs – that can be monitored and controlled remotely via smartphones. I could totally see where he was coming from, as I myself sometimes marvel at the amazing strides OE suppliers have made in just the past few years. And suppliers are hardly resting on their laurels. On the contrary, ASA Electronics and Lippert Components both see big developments on the horizon – including voice- activated command controls and RV self-diagnosing technology. What's more, ASA Electronics' strategic partnership with GM means that technology once limited to the RV realm is going mainstream. Be sure to read this month's separate company profiles on Lippert Components ("Welcome to One Control RVs") and ASA Electronics ("Putting RVers iN.Command) to see what I mean. I don't want to give away everything here, but it is fair to say that big things are ahead in the near future for this important technology. What Makes a Great RV Leader? Last year, RV PRO edit team members pondered the question: What makes a great leader in our industry? And, we contemplated a corollary question: Why does it seem like so many of the industry's top leaders today have come from just a few RV manufacturers when there historically were so many independent players? We mulled over the subject at length, and then because asking questions is a big part of what we do as journalists, we started inquiring of dozens of people inside and outside of the industry to get their insights. Our researching and writing stretched over a period of several months. Finally, we're ready to share what we learned in this issue, in the first of a two-part series we are calling "The Leadership Factory, Part 1." I strongly encourage you to read it, as I believe it's some of the very best reporting we've ever done in my nearly 15 years as editor of RV PRO. I know that some readers will wonder why we only selected two RV manufacturers to highlight and still others will wonder why we picked the two companies we did and not others. Certainly, many great leaders have emerged from several companies, but I believe the articles speak for themselves as to their merits. Still, I always welcome reader feedback on anything that appears in RV PRO, and that extends to this series as well, so feel free to let me know your thoughts. As always, sincere thanks for reading. Bradley Worrell Editor brad@nbm.com PUBLISHER: Chris Cieto (800) 669-0424, ext. 253 / ccieto@nbm.com EDITOR: Bradley Worrell (800) 669-0424, ext. 299 / brad@nbm.com MANAGING EDITOR: Travis O. Pryor (800) 669-0424, ext. 284 / tpryor@nbm.com DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR: David MacNeal (800) 669-0424, ext. 230 / dmacneal@nbm.com SENIOR ADVISOR: Mike Wieber ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Jordyn Foos (800) 669-0424, ext. 212 / jfoos@nbm.com SALES SUPPORT: Kat Lewis (800) 669-0424 ext. 215 / klewis@nbm.com ART DIRECTOR: Kim M. Wright ADVERTISING DESIGN/PRODUCTION: Dayne Pillow MULTIMEDIA PRODUCERS: Alison McDonald, Brian Hauser CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Steve Bibler, Lisa Dicksteen, Mike Harbour, Rob Merwin, K. Schipper, Chuck Marzahn and Mel Selway EDITORS NOTE:

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