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May 2014

Two Employees Promoted From Within

Long time team member and Parts/Warranty Administrator, Vicki Conaway is leaving our company to relocate to Wichita Kansas.  We would like to thank Vicki for her 25 years of committment to Peterson Industries.  We wish the best for her in her move and future endeavors.  With the relationships Vicki has created over her years in Customer Service, her shoes will be hard to fill.  

We are pleased to annouce the promotion of just the right person who will continue our commitment to our dealers and family members.  Dave Barnes began working on the assemby line in 1999.  He moved to purchasing assistant for several years until becoming Purchasing Manager in 2007.  Dave helped us navigate through the very rough waters of the greatest recession in the RV industry's history.  We feel Dave's intimate knowledge of every part needed to produce our product will help him earn your trust with his promotion to Parts/Warranty Administrator.

Jill Conaway began her duties at Peterson Industries as a receptionist in 2012.  It didn't take long until we discovered that regardless of what task she is assigned to, she accomplishes it with amazing efficiency and accuracy.  Within her first year her duties expanded from receptionist to include human resources, safety director, warranty and advertising clerk, webmaster, and much more.  

We have tremendous confidence she will do a fantastic job with her promotion to Director of Purchasing.

Emily Hoshko is Our New Voice

When you call in to Peterson Industries, you may notice a new voice.  With the promotion of Jill Conaway from receptionist to Purchasing Director, her void is being filled by Emily Hoshko.

We are very fortunate to have Emily as our newest team member.  Emily is joining her husband Ben as an employee of our company.  Ben works in assembly as our bedroom slide-out builder. Emily and Ben have a 2 year old son, Jackson.

Both Emily and Ben are active Army National Guard.  Ben is a Staff Sergeant and Emily is a Drill Sergeant.  Emily was stationed in Basrah, Iraq for 3 months, and Ben was stationed in Tikrit, Iraq for a year.  We are honored to have them both on our team and thank them for their committment to serve our country.

Bryan Tillett Nominated to Run For Industry Board

Peterson Industries President, Bryan Tillett, has been nominated to run for a seat on the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) Board of Directors.

RVIA is the national trade association representing nearly 300 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs manufactured in the United States.

The Board

The 27 member RVIA board of directors consists of:

  • 11 Manufacturer representatives
  •   6 Supplier representatives
  •   2 Park Trailer representatives
  •   4 At large
  •   4 Past chairmen

Major RVIA Activities

  • Represents the RV industry and serves as the chief source for shipment statistics, market research and technical data.
  • Works to promote RV travel by providing information to the media and general public.
  • Maintains an inspection program to periodically audit RV manufacturers' compliance with the NFPA 1192 RV Standard. Also, RVIA provides an ongoing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) educational program for its members.
  • Sponsors the California RV Show (open to the public) and the National RV Trade Show, the industry's premiere event where industry officials convene to do business on behalf of manufacturers, dealers and supplier companies.

The RV industry employees nearly 350,000 individuals responsible for producing and shipping $13 billion worth of RVs per year.  Annual industry payroll adds $2.1 billion to the US economy each year.

About Bryan Tillett

Bryan was born in Topeka, Ks and spent most of his youth in Kansas and California.  He attended Kansas State University for architecture.  He chose an early departure from KSU to pursue starting a construction business, building homes and small commercial properties.

Bryan met Vaughn Peterson, (P.I. founder) when Vaughn hired his construction company to build a new finish department onto the Excel plant.  Upon completion, Bryan decided to join the Peterson team and began his duties as a welder in the frame department.

As the recession of 1979 wound down and Excel's order backlog began rebuilding, Bryan became a line supervisor for sides and cabinet setting.  In 1985 he was promoted to Director of Purchasing where he implemented the company's 1st generation manufacturing/inventory control software programs.

Bryan purchased in interest in the company, and became VP in 1989.  From there he moved into sales and administration where he presided until he became President in 1996.  

With his guidance, using wisdom he received from his mentor, Vaughn Peterson, the company navigated the stormy waters of the RV industry's worst recession ever.  A recession that began with approximately 15 "high-end" 5th wheel manufacturers and upon ending seeing only 3 true luxury 5th wheel builders still standing.

Bryan and his wife Deb have been married 38 years.  They have three daughters and 4 grandchildren.

As a private pilot, Bryan serves on the local Airport Advisory Board, was a founding board member of the Smith County Community Foundation, served on Smith Center Economic Development board, Smith Center Planning and Zoning Committee, Chamber of Commerce and attends the Evangelical Free Church of Smith Center, KS.  He also planned and organized numerous Excel owner rallies and events for over 1,200 people at a time.

Bryan is currently serving his 3rd year on the RVIA Public & Legislative Affairs Committee.

He enjoys golf (and is especially proud of being the worst golfer in men's league for nearly 12 years running), aviation, and home improvement projects.  But most of all, he enjoys spending time with his 4 grandchildren and his family.

A Nice Letter From Our Mailbox

We recently had our 2013 Excel Limited 36GKE serviced. What an outstanding service department staff and crew you have. Ralph and Darren are dedicated to getting the job done and making the customer feel good and happy.

Hard workers every day and all day long, who got the job done two days ahead of schedule. Super and relaxing customer lounge. Felt right at home. We just cannot say enough about your service department, except thanks for a job well done.

Barney and Claudine Sullivan

Thank you Barney and Claudine for sending us such a nice letter.  We appreciate you as family members and enjoying doing business with nice people.

Help Us Reach Our Facebook Goal

We are getting there!!!  We are trying to reach our goal of 1,000 "likes" on our Facebook page.  We recently exceeded 650 "likes", so when you visit, don't forget to click our "like" button.

We are having a blast!  And so will you... We have surveys, give-aways, and keep you informed with previews of new product and innovation going on within our company.

You'll see pictures of our newest Excel family members as well as see who builds your coach.  And don't forget to welcome our newest team member, Emily Hoshko.

What a great way to communicate with our Excel family members.  It's so easy to keep you posted on what's going on in Excel-land.  We plan to keep our FB page lighthearted and timely.

To see what we've been up to,  click here, or go to www.facebook/excelrvs.  And please remember to "Like us".  Especially like our main page.  We're trying to to reach our first milestone of 1,000 "likes".

So, come join us today!

Hydra-Lift Discontinued

We are discontinuing the option for the Hydra-Lift motorcycle carrier on all models.

We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause some who have been considering that option for their motorcycle. Don't forget, we still have a great toy hauler in the Wild Cargo.

Our luxury toy hauler isn't just for those who have toys either.  Our family members use them for 2nd bedrooms, craft shops, offices, extended livingrooms.  If you can imagine it, we can probably do it in our garage area.  Check out this VIP party deck featured in our Wild Cargo photo gallery.

Multiplex Lighting Brightens Limiteds Future

A new feature on all 2015 Limited Edition models is our multiplex lighting and electrical system.  Many of you may be thinking "Well, that's great! But what is it and how will it benefit me?"

Chances are you have never seen a multiplex electrical system.  They are usually only found in ultra-high end motorhomes.  We are not aware of any 5th wheel manufacturers offering it as either standard or optional equipment.  The biggest advantage of a multiplex system is it gives you freedom to control many functions from multiple locations.  For example, you can operate your livingroom lights from two locations.  As well as your kitchen, island, and courtesy lights.  The livingroom, kitchen, island, and bedroom ceiling lights are all now dim-able, which until recently did not work well with L.E.D. lights.

If you are inside and wish to run your kitchen slide room out, there is a switch on the wall to do so.  But if you're outside and are afraid you might have parked a little too close to the electrical post, you can run the slide room out from the utility center, keeping a close eye on your clearance.  The awning can be controlled from inside the coach or just as easily from a switch in the basement.  Speaking of the utility center, from there you can also control the gas and electric operation of the water heater as well as turn on the water pump.  (Both of which may also be done inside)

         Relay Modules Are Mounted In Basement

All slide-outs will be able to be controlled using multiplex, as can all exterior lighting.

There is even an "All lights" switch that will allow you to turn everything off from one location.

We are very excited about this new system that is only offered on Excels.  We think you will be too when you get the chance to try it yourself.  Check it out at your nearest Excel dealer and have them demonstrate it for you.

Model Videos Coming to Our Website

We are excited about another new feature coming to our website.  We are producing videos of the various floorplans and inserting them into the "Video" tab for each model.  

We currently have two Winslow models completed with more coming soon.  If you would like to see a product video of the D37SDF click here, and for the Winslow 34IKE click here, then click on the "Video" tab.

We hope you find these videos helpful.  We will be adding new ones so please check back.

Our Excel Team!