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Camping World CEO apologizes for controversial remarks

Camping World CEO apologizes for controversial remarks

UNITED STATES — Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis has apologized for comments he madeon CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Aug. 16, reported CNBC today.

“The mistake I made in the last week was not being clear,” Lemonis wrote in a letter. “As the CEO of a business, I am responsible to take care of the people that work there.”

In the aftermath of a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lemonis said, “There’s no doubt that there is probably not many consumers in this country today that are in favor of what has been said in the last couple days, and if they are, quite frankly, don’t shop at my business.”

The entrepreneur and host of CNBC’s “The Profit” wrote that he apologizes “to anyone who has supported their cause, their political preference, their candidate, their beliefs. I am asking for your forgiveness. I should have not disrespected that and will not again,” Lemonis wrote.

Read the full article at CNBC.

 

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Ronnie Garrett is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

37 comments

  1. I can forgive you Sir, but I cannot be so Foolish as to forget!
    This is kind of like the Wounded Warrior Project. I can only return back when the person(s) responsible have been removed.

    Wounded Warrior Project saw their mistake & carried this out. I then & ONLY then returned.
    It’s time for Camping World, Good Sam’s, etc to do the same.

    It’s all about Trust. Or in your case, the lack of!!!

  2. Dr. Rodney & Carol Marcom

    I am cutting and pasting my original comment after hearing of his remarks about us President Trump supporters. I, and noone I know is ok with racism, bigotry or lies , but we do object to his comments deriding the President of the United States and his supporters — the majority of us RVrs I do believe.

    “Well, Mr. Lemonis,
    You have now lost my business. Rest assured I will NEVER, EVER shop at Camping World again. We bought two RVs from you in the past seven years as well as a LOT of camping supplies etc. Fortunately, we no longer own the last one we bought from you as we traded for a new one last year. By interjecting your ‘personal’ opinion into the public view, you have also failed in your responsibility as a CEO — I quote from another poster:
    “noway2no • 7 days ago
    Not only is it moronic, it could be seen as breaking his fiduciary oath.

    “The duty of loyalty requires that a CEO always acts in the best interest of a business’s shareholders, and that he places that interest above his own in business decisions. This includes the responsibility to avoid conflicts of interest.”

    http://smallbusiness.chron.com/legal-relationship-between-shareholders-ceos-33637.html

    Sure does not seem that alienating customers is in the shareholders interest.”

    BTW, I would estimate that a great majority of the RV world are conservative and support President Trump, so stand by for an anti-Camping World backlash and significant loss of business.

    Perhaps you might reconsider shooting off without thinking first next time – but it really is too late now.”

  3. My wife and were looking at a diesel motorhome at two different camping world locations. But after the comments were made, I will take my business elsewhere.

  4. A week apology you already explain your views and how you feel hope it hurts you in the pocketbook. I just hate it for your employees

  5. Dear Mr. Lemonis
    We have purchased an RV and many other items
    from Camping World last year
    And were good sams members
    But just cancelled both
    You made your opinion known that you have contempt for the people
    That supported Trump
    Well Sir, we did support who we thought might bring this country
    Back from the near destruction of what the radical left brought us to
    Your company will not get another dime from us
    Roger and Valerie Turner
    Former Members in Va

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