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90 • RV PRO • May 2019 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S Reporting on the RV industry across North America News of Note FCCC Hires Buckmeier as RV Product Manager Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) has hired accomplished industry veteran Jeremy Buckmeier as RV product manager, effective immediately. In his new role, Buckmeier will help lead FCCC's RV team and will be responsible for driving product planning, fostering partnerships and programs, supervising OEM account managers and strengthening OEM relationships. He also will work closely with FCCC engineers and OEMs on the development of custom chassis for new RV models. "We are thrilled Jeremy is joining our RV team in this important role," said Tony Sippel, director of sales and mar- keting for FCCC. "His unique combination of enthusiasm, exper- tise and experience will be key as we continue to strengthen our position as the industry leader." Buckmeier includes a previous stint at FCCC among his 17-plus years of sales and marketing experience in the RV industry. (He served as a technical sales manager for FCCC from 2006 to 2015.) Buckmeier most recently served as director of OEM sales for RV mobile communications system provider KING. Buckmeier Winnebago Names Eberlein as Towables GM Winnebago Towables has hired Joel Eberlein as general manager of the Middlebury, Ind.-based oper- ation, where he will oversee sales, marketing, engineering, and product development. "Joel has a great vision for both sales and product direction, with a proven track record of execution," said Scott Degnan, vice president of Winnebago's towables business. "He is a strong commu- nicator who is customer-focused with profound leadership capabilities." Eberlein brings more than 15 years of industry experience, as well as a deep understanding of both supplier and OEM businesses to his new role. Previously, Eberlein has held posi- tions as senior general manager at Heartland RV and worked as a business line manager at Crane Energy Flow Solutions. Eberlein Jayco Hires Martin as VP of Marketing J a y c o h a s a p p o i n t e d B i l l Martin as vice president of mar- keting. With more than 20 years of experience in the RV industry, Jayco says Martin has a successful track record on both the OEM and supplier sides of the business. In this new role, Martin will lead the marketing initiatives for Jayco and its subsidiaries, Entegra Coach, Highland Ridge and Starcraft. Martin brings a marketing approach focused on creating a customer connection and ownership experience. "We are fortunate to add someone with such impres- sive credentials and proven experience in this industry," said Matt Thompson, Jayco COO. "Bill brings a very unique per- spective having not only worked in marketing but also has a strong sales background and solid foundation in the field. That broad experience, coupled with his genuine passion for the RV Industry, will help us take our marketing efforts to the next level." Martin started his RV career at Coachmen, where he quickly moved up the ranks to vice president of marketing. Martin also gained experience on the supplier side of the industry as the sales and marketing director for Atwood Mobile Products, and most recently he led marketing efforts for Grand Design RV. Martin Three Named to RVIA Board Three industry professionals have been elected to the RVIA Board of Directors. Those elected are: • Ryan Elias, vice president and general manager for Triple E RV/Leisure Travel Vans, who was appointed to a vacant manufacturer seat. • Jason Falk, vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Lippert Components, was approved to fulfill the term of the at-large seat previously held by former LCI President Scott Mereness. • Joe Kicos, co-founder and managing director of sales and marketing at Liberty Outdoors, was approved to fulfill the term of the manufacturer seat previously held by Chris Baum, the company's former chief branding officer.

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