August '20

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12 • RV PRO • August 2020 rv-pro.com Tracy Anglemeyer Director of Aftermarket FURRION Tracy Anglemeyer is the director of aftermarket for Furrion – a position of authority that she says could not have envisioned for herself years ago when she got her start in the RV industry. "I do have to laugh remembering my first show season and all the guys peering down the aisles and whispering, wondering if I could do the job." When her boss suggested she give sales a try, her initial response was "but, there are no women sales reps." She says he remarked, "it shouldn't matter" and encouraged her to apply. "I'm glad times have changed and you can be whatever you want to be if you work hard enough and make the right choices," she adds. Anglemeyer began her career in the RV industry by happen- stance: It's the best place to get a job during college, if you happen to live in Elkhart, Ind. She applied for a production line job but instead got a job as a parts advisor. During Desert Storm, she was relocated to the warranty department and then the accounting department in a dizzying blur that she now sees as "the best base to have while moving up in the RV industry." At the time, she looked at those jobs as a way to pay for college. However, "as others have said, 'it gets into your blood.' Once you are in it's hard to leave. There are a lot of very good and talented people in this industry and I have been fortunate enough to know quite a few of them," she says. Many of those talented people served as mentors to Angle- meyer. Now she is enjoying seeing the next generation of industry professionals come up. "Chris Lizzy showed me how to hook up a trailer for my first prospect trip in the early '90s," she says. "Now his sons are in the industry and I've had the pleasure of working a few shows and open houses with them." Although Anglemeyer says she did not have any female mentors, she did "gain a lot of knowledge from some very intelligent guys." For her part, Anglemeyer says a formal mentorship arrangement is not necessary for one to teach – or to learn. "Most people are mentors and don't even know it," she says. "We can influence others by our attitude and the way we pursue and complete tasks." Over the years, Anglemeyer says her curiosity about the industry has led her to learn public speaking, computers, profit and loss statements, Cogs, negotiation, personal skills, selling, how a plant runs and product knowledge. She says she enjoys sharing that knowledge with women entering the industry and finds the RV Women's Association an ideal forum for "giving back to other ladies – young or old – who have questions and need guidance in the industry or life." The first thing Anglemeyer tells them? "Set goals, work hard, make good choices and align yourself with intelligent mentors," she says. "There are many opportunities for you if you make them." Profiles of Remarkable Women ENERGY ®

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