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Old 07-26-2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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THOR Industries announced today a re-organization of its management team, including the promotion of Richard E. Riegel from president of Airstream, Inc to group president of THOR.
In a press release, the Jackson Center based recreational vehicle and bus-builder said the move was designed "to acelerate its growth and leadership in its two industries."
THOR companies that will report to Riegel include, Airstream, Thor California, Komfort Corp, Crossroads RV, Breckenridge, and Canadian firms General Coach-Oliver B.C., and Genreal Coach-Hensall, Ontario.
THOR said that Airstream had more the doubled its sales and profits have increased 10 fold since Riegel had been named president in 2002.

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Old 07-26-2005, 02:39 PM   #2
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Based on his past performance, sounds like he deserved it, and the company hopes to spread a bit of that success to other divisions.

Suprisingly, I sent an e-mail to airstream, and cc'd him. I received a personal reply the next day.

Never met the guy beofre, but seems to be agreat guy - seems accessable to the masses.


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Old 07-26-2005, 03:39 PM   #3
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Dicky came out to meet us during out vintage happy hour at the International. He was very personable and even brought his laptop out to show us his vintage airstream being reconditioned. Great guy, I hope he stays available to the customer.
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Great guy

At the 2004 Homecoming, I staggered out of the trailer early one morning and found Dicky Riegel and Mark Wahl (VP of Operations) there with a coffee urn strapped to a golf cart. They listened very patiently to my suggestions regarding some design issues.

Mark Wahl also got my paperwork straightened out at arrival when I was ommitted from the list of attendees. I was very impressed with the willingness of Airstream brass to get in there and interface with the customers.
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Old 07-26-2005, 04:10 PM   #5
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Mark Wahl has been promoted to Airstream's Senior Vice President of Operations. Larry Huttle continues as Chairman. Robert Wheeler has been promoted from VP of Product Developement and Engineering to President and CEO of airstream.
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All of those guys are terrific. Their success is well-earned. They work hard, they care about the product and the customer, and they are just plain nice guys to boot. Congrats to Dicky, Bob, and Mark!
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We have come to know all of those promoted and would like to extend our congradulations to all. It is apperent to us that the Airstream Management team really cares about the product. And with the rapid growth recently experianced there were and are some growing pains, but overall they do an outstanding job.

Keep up the good work Dicky, Mark , and Mike, best of luck in your new posistions

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Like wise my congratulations to the "new" team at A/S. I met Dicky during the give & take session at the International. He was easy to converse with & appeared to appreciate our imput. when I was at the factory this Spring, I could see a lot of improvements. I think we'll see new thing coming,not only with A/S, but with Thor products across the board. Have you checked their stock prices lately ?
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i find the people at airstream to be the "tops" really great people.
the dealers are another story. i said something about wally bayum to the dealer and he had no idea what i was talking....

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