Camping World Holdings Inc. is appointing a finance industry veteran to the position of senior VP, corporate development and investor relations.
America’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles (RVs) and related products and services is naming Brett Andress as senior VP, corporate development and investor relations. In this role, Andress will be responsible for developing and enhancing corporate initiatives, along with management and communication to the investment community to promote an understanding of the company’s business strategies and performance.
Prior to joining Camping World, Andress was a managing director, senior equity research analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets with a focus on the leisure sector over the past 10 years. He began his career at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and earned degrees in finance and accounting from Ohio University. Andress is a CFA charterholder.
“As we work to grow our business, it is important for us to add new talent with specific skill sets to move us forward,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “Brett’s knowledge of the investment community and specifically the leisure sector, makes him a valuable addition to our leadership team who can make an immediate impact.”
Camping World pursues multiple growth avenues
Camping World is growing through acquisition as it also plans to aggressively expand its national footprint through the opening of 20 or more new greenfield locations over the next three calendar years. The company continues to search for new store locations in key markets.
Sites in progress include San Martin, Calif; Georgetown, Del; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan.; Birch Run, Chesterfield, and Lansing, Mich.; Branson and Cape Girardeau, Mo; Madison (Cleveland market) and Sunbury (Columbus market), Ohio; Billings, Mont; Lincoln, Neb.; Mesquite, Texas; St. Albans, Vt.; Green Bay and Oshkosh, Wisc.; Hurricane, W.V.; and Cheyenne, Wy.
Camping World Holdings currently owns and operates over 185 SuperCenters nationwide, with most locations specializing in RV sales and service, RV parts and accessories, outdoor lifestyle products, and its entire portfolio of Good Sam membership products and services.
As part of the company’s growth strategy, it says it is making major investments in the quality and expansion of its dealer network. From new strategic acquisitions, new store development, increases in service capacity and facility upgrades and expansions, the company plans to continue to expand and evolve its network.
In May 2022, Camping World acquired Richardson’s RV Centers. The Richardson’s RV Centers acquisition is the largest acquisition in company history. The agreement covers eight locations in California and Indiana, including five current dealership locations, one future dealership location, and two parts and service centers.
The California locations will transition to the Camping World brand and bring the company’s current count to 12 RV dealerships and five parts and service centers in the state, with a future RV dealership coming soon. The Indiana location will convert to the company’s RVs.com brand and provide a digital and factory direct commerce touchpoint for customers nationwide.
Founded in 1966, Camping World Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill., and combines an assortment of RV products and services with a national network of RV dealerships, service centers and customer support centers, along with an online presence. The company currently operates over 185 Camping World locations in 42 states.