MHC Group Adds Industry Veterans, Strengthens Management Team

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from MHC Group, Inc.

    RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to
 strengthen its senior management team, MHC Group, Inc. announced today that it
 has added three veterans of the recreational vehicle industry.
     The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. manufacturer of high-end RVs has hired:
     *  James Teeter, formerly of Florida-based Recreation USA, as vice
        president of marketing and new business development,
     *  Peter Dotlich, formerly of Indiana-based Gulfstream Coach, Inc., as
        regional sales manager, and
     *  Timothy Miller, formerly of Kansas-based King of the Road, as regional
        sales manager.
     The trio joins Gordie Hakes, owner and CEO, and Fred Salazar, president
 and general manager, as the new senior management team of MHC Group.
     "We are pleased to welcome Jim, Peter and Tim to MHC Group," Hakes said.
 "They bring decades of experience, knowledge and contacts in the RV industry,
 and we are confident they will help us increase sales of our high-end
 motorhomes and travel trailers.
     "With their expertise, we will continue to build on the momentum of the
 new product introductions, service innovations and operational improvements we
 have achieved in the past 12 months."
     In his new position, Teeter will be responsible for expanding MHC's
 dealership network, building an internal sales team, working with the
 engineering team to design, introduce and market new products, and serving as
 strategic adviser.  Teeter, 44 and a native of Pensacola, Fla., brings nearly
 20 years experience to his new position, most recently as director of
 operations for Recreation USA, the nation's only publicly traded chain of RV
 and marine dealerships.
     During his tenure at Recreation USA, Teeter was responsible for overseeing
 the operations of its 14 dealership locations.  Prior to joining Recreation
 USA, he worked as a general manager for one of Florida's largest dealerships.
     Dotlich brings 25 years of RV experience to his new position at MHC, where
 he will work with MHC's existing dealer base to train sales associates and
 dealers on MHC's towable and motorhome products, and to recruit new dealers.
     Dotlich, a native of East Chicago, Indiana, spent six years as director of
 dealer relations for Gulf Stream.  Prior to joining Gulf Stream, he worked
 with Cobra Rockwood, another original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of
 recreational vehicles.
     Miller will be also be responsible for working with MHC's existing dealer
 base and recruiting new dealers.  Miller, 50 and a native of Moline, Illinois,
 spent 14 years working as a sales manager for King of the Road, a manufacturer
 of fifth wheels and travel trailers.  At King of the Road, Miller was
 responsible for dealer development, sales and marketing.
     Prior to joining the manufacturer, Miller was a regional sales manager for
 Kit Manufacturing.  He brings a total of 20 years industry experience to his
 new role with MHC.
     Hakes purchased MHC Group in May 2000, appointing Salazar as the president
 and general manager in charge of operations.  During the past 11 months, Hakes
 and Salazar have more than doubled their dealer base and expanded operations
 at the Rancho Cucamonga manufacturing plant while reducing operating overhead.
     The pair also expanded their product line with April introduction of the
 new Skydeck diesel-pusher motorhome, which features a rooftop deck with
 seating for up to 18 people.  MHC unveiled the new coach during the Family
 Motor Coaching Association (FMCA) rally in Oklahoma City, Okla., generating
 tremendous consumer interest.
     In May, MHC plans to introduce the industry's first motorhome built on a
 mid-engine chassis, the Me2, which has been designed by Spartan Motors, Inc.
 The new Desert Fox is a 39-foot coach that features 30 percent more storage
 and living space than comparable coaches, thanks to Spartan's innovative
 chassis design.
     The Me2 chassis shifts the engine and transmission to the center of the
 coach, allowing MHC to add a "built-in garage" at the rear of the vehicle for
 snowmobiles, ATVs, bicycles and other "toys" that complement the RV lifestyle.
 The Me2 also gave MHC more flexibility in designing the floor plan for the
 Desert Fox.
     "We designed these new motorhomes with our customers in mind -- and they
 continue to ask for more and better use of the living and storage space in
 their RVs," Hakes said.  "Despite softer market conditions, our coaches and
 fifth-wheels continue to experience strong sales, which demonstrates that
 there is solid consumer interest in distinctive RVs that meet consumer demand.
     "With the additions to our management team, I look for 2001 to be a
 successful year."
     MHC Group, Inc. specializes in designing and manufacturing mid- to high-
 end gas and diesel motorhomes and fifth-wheel travel trailers.  Based in
 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., MHC Group builds vehicles under the Desert Fox,
 Skydeck, Pinnacle, Summit, Residency and Traveleze brands.
 
 

SOURCE MHC Group, Inc.
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to
 strengthen its senior management team, MHC Group, Inc. announced today that it
 has added three veterans of the recreational vehicle industry.
     The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. manufacturer of high-end RVs has hired:
     *  James Teeter, formerly of Florida-based Recreation USA, as vice
        president of marketing and new business development,
     *  Peter Dotlich, formerly of Indiana-based Gulfstream Coach, Inc., as
        regional sales manager, and
     *  Timothy Miller, formerly of Kansas-based King of the Road, as regional
        sales manager.
     The trio joins Gordie Hakes, owner and CEO, and Fred Salazar, president
 and general manager, as the new senior management team of MHC Group.
     "We are pleased to welcome Jim, Peter and Tim to MHC Group," Hakes said.
 "They bring decades of experience, knowledge and contacts in the RV industry,
 and we are confident they will help us increase sales of our high-end
 motorhomes and travel trailers.
     "With their expertise, we will continue to build on the momentum of the
 new product introductions, service innovations and operational improvements we
 have achieved in the past 12 months."
     In his new position, Teeter will be responsible for expanding MHC's
 dealership network, building an internal sales team, working with the
 engineering team to design, introduce and market new products, and serving as
 strategic adviser.  Teeter, 44 and a native of Pensacola, Fla., brings nearly
 20 years experience to his new position, most recently as director of
 operations for Recreation USA, the nation's only publicly traded chain of RV
 and marine dealerships.
     During his tenure at Recreation USA, Teeter was responsible for overseeing
 the operations of its 14 dealership locations.  Prior to joining Recreation
 USA, he worked as a general manager for one of Florida's largest dealerships.
     Dotlich brings 25 years of RV experience to his new position at MHC, where
 he will work with MHC's existing dealer base to train sales associates and
 dealers on MHC's towable and motorhome products, and to recruit new dealers.
     Dotlich, a native of East Chicago, Indiana, spent six years as director of
 dealer relations for Gulf Stream.  Prior to joining Gulf Stream, he worked
 with Cobra Rockwood, another original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of
 recreational vehicles.
     Miller will be also be responsible for working with MHC's existing dealer
 base and recruiting new dealers.  Miller, 50 and a native of Moline, Illinois,
 spent 14 years working as a sales manager for King of the Road, a manufacturer
 of fifth wheels and travel trailers.  At King of the Road, Miller was
 responsible for dealer development, sales and marketing.
     Prior to joining the manufacturer, Miller was a regional sales manager for
 Kit Manufacturing.  He brings a total of 20 years industry experience to his
 new role with MHC.
     Hakes purchased MHC Group in May 2000, appointing Salazar as the president
 and general manager in charge of operations.  During the past 11 months, Hakes
 and Salazar have more than doubled their dealer base and expanded operations
 at the Rancho Cucamonga manufacturing plant while reducing operating overhead.
     The pair also expanded their product line with April introduction of the
 new Skydeck diesel-pusher motorhome, which features a rooftop deck with
 seating for up to 18 people.  MHC unveiled the new coach during the Family
 Motor Coaching Association (FMCA) rally in Oklahoma City, Okla., generating
 tremendous consumer interest.
     In May, MHC plans to introduce the industry's first motorhome built on a
 mid-engine chassis, the Me2, which has been designed by Spartan Motors, Inc.
 The new Desert Fox is a 39-foot coach that features 30 percent more storage
 and living space than comparable coaches, thanks to Spartan's innovative
 chassis design.
     The Me2 chassis shifts the engine and transmission to the center of the
 coach, allowing MHC to add a "built-in garage" at the rear of the vehicle for
 snowmobiles, ATVs, bicycles and other "toys" that complement the RV lifestyle.
 The Me2 also gave MHC more flexibility in designing the floor plan for the
 Desert Fox.
     "We designed these new motorhomes with our customers in mind -- and they
 continue to ask for more and better use of the living and storage space in
 their RVs," Hakes said.  "Despite softer market conditions, our coaches and
 fifth-wheels continue to experience strong sales, which demonstrates that
 there is solid consumer interest in distinctive RVs that meet consumer demand.
     "With the additions to our management team, I look for 2001 to be a
 successful year."
     MHC Group, Inc. specializes in designing and manufacturing mid- to high-
 end gas and diesel motorhomes and fifth-wheel travel trailers.  Based in
 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., MHC Group builds vehicles under the Desert Fox,
 Skydeck, Pinnacle, Summit, Residency and Traveleze brands.
 
 SOURCE  MHC Group, Inc.