August '21

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38 • RV PRO • August 2021 rv-pro.com W hen asked to talk about his RV industry journey, Chris Andro always starts with a story. He tells how, as a young boy, his parents in 1976 founded Hemlock Camp Hill Resort in Litchfield, Conn., and his chores included campground cleanup. He then tells how his life changed in 1985, when his family ventured into RV sales at the campground with the purchase of five Nomad travel trailers. The young Andro quickly discovered things were different when, after wrap- ping up his daily campground chores, his father looked at him and said, "Now wash those trailers." Hard work and daily chores might drive some children away from the family business. But the efforts put Andro on a path to increasing responsibility and prominence in the RV industry. He left for college, but always with the intent of returning to the family business after he got his degree. Meanwhile, the family dealership, Hemlock RV Sales, flourished and by 1989 outgrew its facility. The business moved to a new location near Litchfield, added a second Litchfield location in 1994, and soon after opened a third location in Berlin, Conn. The full-service RV dealership later merged all three locations onto a 17-acre campus in Southington, Conn. Andro did return home after graduating college and has served the business as general manager since 2001, man- aging the dealership and selling many thousands of campers. As he runs a thriving RV business with his siblings, he also finds time to give back to the industry he loves. Andro served as past chairman of the RVDA Convention/Expo Committee, is an active member of the New England RVDA, helped the industry reopen during the pandemic as part of RV Industry Relaunch Task Force in 2020, and now serves RVDA as its 2021 chairman. RV PRO recently caught up with Andro to learn more about his RVDA role and what he sees for fellow dealers and the larger industry in 2021. RV D E A L E R S The top elected representative of the RV Dealers Association discusses his expectation for the year ahead, focusing on opportunities and challenges for fellow dealers and the larger industry. Chris Andro with RVDA Chairman Q A & By Ronnie Wendt Photos courtesy of Hemlock Hill RV

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