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rv-pro.com May 2019 • RV PRO • 83 RV PRO: How soon do you think it will be before you can implement some of those initiatives you are mentioning? Hemmeler: I would say it is going to be probably mid-year before we start putting a lot of resources to it because as I say we have to get the career facility up and running. At that point, the initiative will be some traditional routes, as well as some new things I have in mind that potentially can work to get people excited about coming this direction. It also means working with the local leaders, both here and abroad to work with the workforce development folks to just provide market materials providing resources using our partners to attract people into the industry. And then the last thing I will say to that is another initiative is also really col- lecting the data that tells us to what degree our shortage really is. Right now, we have an idea, but we don't have the data that we need, and launching the LMS system gives us an opportunity to begin to create that database that will allow us to monitor and see just how great our shortages are, or are not. RV PRO: What about retaining technicians? Hemmeler: Do we have a technician recruitment problem, or do we have a turnover problem? First of all, that cannot be answered easily and quickly because we've never really put together a database, but I'm sure it's not unique to any other industry and that is we have both. What I hope to do is once again train our existing technician for this work- force and get them certified, but RVTI can become an education support service for all of our partners, which could also provide leadership training and different things. As we all know, turnover is not always about money – a lot of times it's about supervision or the quality of life. And I think those are some things that the Institute is not going to solve solely on its own, but could potentially be a resource to all of our partners. Something of that nature may help retain, because if you retain all of them, then you don't have a shortage. But the geographical and different areas of the country are always going to be more challenged if you have other opportunities. And you know, as the economy – if it turns south or it gets a little tighter – then people seem to stick around a little bit more, and right now it's good across the country and now it's going to be a challenge, but we will do our part to help. from page 81 YOU'VE GOT A LOT RIDING ON YOUR SUSPENSION 800-753-0050 • REYCOGRANNING.COM/COMFORTMASTER Manufacturing in the USA for over 90 Years Whether you're a first-time or repeat buyer of a Class A motorhome, rely on Reyco Granning's full line of air ride and IFS suspensions for enhanced safety and maneuverability through changing road conditions.

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