James Gulick – President
Ideas often come from a need.
I bought my first Class A motor home in 1976. My family of 5 enjoyed the interior space, but it was difficult to park where we wanted. We then moved into a Class C motor home to better accommodate a horse trailer. This was not easily parked and was not welcomed in many spaces either. Now having aged past kids and horses, we are ready for an RV that can be parked at historical sites, a city lot, or a country inn with little effort and at a comfortable distance from venues. The Class B coach is our perfect RV. The gas mileage is remarkably better than our other choices!
Ron Aasted – Designer
My background in the RV industry began in 1977. I started at an entry level position in a company that constructed fully self-contained campers and small fifth wheel trailers designed for the compact truck market. Over the period of sixteen years with this company and the extreme growth in production, I had the opportunity to work my way up and learn all the various departments required to construct a recreational vehicle. My ability and desire to learn lead me to the path of designing new product lines. I became the R&D department. I built the entire new model off line and worked out all the details needed to incorporate the new model into the production line. A major motor home manufacturer purchased the company and brought in their technology with CAD programs that greatly enhanced my abilities as I learned how to use these systems. Part of my job responsibilities were to deal with the different state building code agencies as I produced the plan approvals for all the different models and was responsible to make sure all codes were being met on the units we produced. In the mid 90’s I was offered a position with a horse trailer manufacturer to help them develop a living quarters program in their trailers. We were one of the first manufacturers to introduce slide-out rooms into horse trailers. As with all great ideas, everyone joins the bandwagon as quickly as they can. In this industry, you tend to work more closely with customers as they all have specific needs that need to be met. It was very gratifying to build a floor plan that met those needs. I worked in this field until 2010, as the economy hit this industry especially hard, and I was forced to diversify my employment capabilities.
I recently received the opportunity with Keystone Coachworks to bring my 30+ years of RV experience to help them develop a Luxury Class B van conversion on the new Ford Transit platform. I’m looking forward to fulfilling the need in this category and working with customers to meet their needs and expectations.