Camping World announces executive realignment

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Camping World Holdings today announced the realignment and new assignments of its executive leadership team in an effort to improve performance and process in key areas.

On Sept. 27, Brent Moody was named president of the company. Roger Nuttall resigned from his position as president of the company’s dealership group Dec. 21, and his responsibilities will be divided up between CEO Marcus Lemonis and four tenured divisional RV presidents with experience in the RV industry: T.J. Smith, Scott Jensen, Todd Nuttall and Josh Erickson.

“Brent oversees all operations and plays an invaluable role in the management and growth of the business, with great vision for the company’s future,” said Lemonis. “For more than 16 years, he has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational and financial accomplishments. He has proven to be a great partner in growing the company, and I trust his leadership and vision.”

In an effort to streamline the decision-making process and improve performance, Matt Wagner has been appointed senior vice president of RV inventory management, digital marketing, media services and RV dealership e-commerce.

Brock Whinnery has been elevated to vice president of fixed operations for the RV dealership group; and Randy Rahe will serve as a vice president of RV dealership operations and will assist the divisional RV presidents with process and standardization, finance and insurance, and customer and associate experience.

Finally, the company announced the appointment of Thomas Wolfe to president of Good Sam, and Melvin Flanigan to chief financial officer.

As president of Good Sam, Wolfe will focus on continuing to enhance the growth and development of the consumer services and plans segment as well as improving the overall value and customer experience for its more than 2 million Good Sam Club members.

Wolfe and Flanigan will work together to ensure a seamless transition of the CFO role, Lemonis noted. Flanigan will be supported in his role by Dale Hendrix, Karin Bell, and David McKillip, who lead the financial roles for the corporate functions and consumer Services and plans segment, RV dealership segment, and retail segment, respectively.

Flanigan previously served as the executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer of DTS, Inc., a provider of high-definition and wireless audio that licensing branded intellectual property to entertainment technology markets worldwide, from September 2003 to December 2016.

Prior to that, he served as the vice president and chief financial officer of DTS from July 1999. From March 1996 to July 1999, he served as chief financial officer and vice president of operations at SensArray Corporation, a supplier of thermal measurement products for semiconductor, LCD, and memory-disk fabrication processes.

Flanigan led SensArray’s manufacturing and finance efforts. Prior to joining SensArray, he was corporate controller for Megatest Corp., a manufacturer of automatic test equipment for logic and memory chips, where he was involved in international mergers and acquisitions activities.

He has also previously held positions at Cooperative Solutions, Inc., a software developer in the client server transaction processing market; Hewlett-Packard Company, a provider of information technology infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services, and imaging and printing; and Price Waterhouse, LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).

Flanigan received an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Santa Clara University.

“The organizational changes we have made and are announcing today should streamline our team and bring a new and heightened focus on inventory management, expense control, product margins, cash flow and asset deployment,” said Lemonis.

“Over the years, we have created a unique business model that combines a comprehensive portfolio of high-margin recurring products and services, known as Good Sam, with a database of more than 4.5 million active customers combined with a RV dealership and RV and outdoor retail platform that requires evolution and constant improvement,” Lemonis explained.

“Our 2019 focus will be to better serve our customers, associates and shareholders while continuing to expand our RV market share with opportunistic RV acquisitions and completing the rollout of RV dealerships into newly opened retail locations,” he added. “We will also have an intense focus on dramatically reducing our retail inventory levels and aggressively reducing capital expenditures to maximize and drive free cash flow.

“As previously indicated, we will not hesitate to close underperforming locations, and we have recently closed four unprofitable RV dealership locations in addition to eight retail locations that we felt would not be accretive long term,” Lemonis explained.

For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.com.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • SANDIE BOCK says:

    HOPEFULLY it will help the CW dealerships in being able to repair the rigs they sell at the very least. SO MANY complaints about their RV tech skills it is scary. I have had my own dealings with CW that did not make me happy but mine had to do with them issuing a Camping World Visa Card without my knowledge. THE person at the register asked me if I wanted a “discard card” to which I said YES, and the next thing I knew my complete purchase of over $100 of merchandise was charged on this new card. It took a few visits and talking to managers at both the CW store and the bank that issued the card to wind it out and kill the Visa card. It felt very sleazy to me.

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