July '19

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F or a leader in industry, the focus might be "taking care of business." But at Torklift, it might just as easily be said, "taking care of family." With founder, owner, President Jack Kay at the helm, there is no shortage of other family members. Besides Jack, family members at Torklift include Treasurer Peggy Kay, cousin and Outside Sales Rep Karen Sage, nephew and Vice President Joel Crawford, son and IT Manager Jonathan Kay, wife and Senior VP of Marketing Candice Kay and nephew and Packaging Combine Nic Kay. "The best thing about working with family is knowing that we are all here to work hard and take care of each other," Jack says. "We have developed relationships as family for years – which means that we can take that relationship and build on it in a work environment. It makes you want to work harder knowing that your family's livelihood is directly tied to the business." Jack says he particularly enjoys watching family members grow and progress in their careers. For example, Joel started in the production unit and has advanced to become senior vice president and was named one of the RV industry's Top 40 Under 40. He acknowledges that the family business can be all-consuming at times. "I am grateful that the people there care so much and sacri- fice so much," Jack says. "We do this for each other, but we also do this because we love what we have the opportunity to do." Responsibility to family and to Torklift employees is what keeps Jack going, though. "Meeting the hopes dreams and desires of people by supporting their families is what keeps us waking up early, working late, and over weekends and holidays," he says. "It's what makes all of the many sacrifices we make worth it day in and day out." RV PRO: ALL IN THE FAMILY July 2019 • RV PRO • 51 TORKLIFT JACK, PEGGY, JONATHAN, CANDICE AND NIC KAY, KAREN SAGE AND JOEL CRAWFORD Pictured from left to right are: Nic Kay, Joel Crawford, Candice Kay, Peggy Kay, Karen Sage, Jonathan Kay and Jack Kay. Jack Kay (right) leads the Torklift family team.

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