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rv-pro.com March 2020 • RV PRO • 31 For a first effort, however, the turn-of-the-century hotel and the show itself put Meyer's best foot forward. A Starting Point "It exceeded our goals and expectations, absolutely," Lents said. "That's from feedback we're getting from our vendors and our dealers, because the most important part is the dealers. If they're happy and they're spending money, then we've achieved our goal. I believe we've exceeded that because we've got the vendors that are happy and the dealers that are extremely happy. Everyone's excited for the 2020 season and this was a great way for them to learn about Meyer." And for next year? "You know, we were all about listening to the dealers and ven- dors," he said. "We're going to be speaking and giving them an opportunity to give us input following the show. We'll use that input and continue to build our show. We intentionally kept it this size this year, but next year we will definitely grow it." As the show grows, Meyer itself is expected to continue to grow. During the closing dinner and reception, CEO Jeff Braun talked about the rate at which Meyer has added staff and space and what some of the future plans entail. The distributor topped 1,000 employees for the first time in 2019. As Meyer continues to grow in the RV segment, it has plans to add 150,000 square feet to its Arlington, Texas, facility and 250,000 square feet in the Southwest and an additional 150,000 square feet in the Northwest to keep up with the growing demand. "A lot of this is from feedback from our reps, saying, 'Kick these investments into higher gear,'" said Braun. "We're going into the fourth year for the RV push for us, and I've been very happy with the success we've had and how quickly it has come. We're going to turn it back around and support our dealers with faster turns on inventory." For a grand finale, Meyer had drawings for cash and prizes for dealers. Sponsors led by Roadmaster and B&W Trailer Hitches kicked in prizes as well as cash totaling more than $15,000. Each was given away in drawings, culminating with five dealers being chosen to pick a letter spelling M-E-Y-E-R. Inside each letter was an amount of cash ranging from $500 to $5,000. The top prize went to Big Sky RV, with the other amounts going to Dave's RV, Elkhart Hitch, John's RV and New World RV. TOTAL PROTECTION YOU CAN TRUST ®, ™, and * Trademark of Southwire Company, LLC. Registered in the U.S. © 2019 Southwire Company, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Check out our new limited lifetime & connected equipment warranties. Visit rvpower.southwire.com for more information. SURGE GUARD ® RV POWER PROTECTION Surge Guard 50A Automatic Transfer Switch 40450RVC 120/240V, 50A 3350 Joules Surge Guard 30A Automatic Transfer Switch 40430RVC 120V, 30A 2450 Joules

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