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Old 07-29-2007, 07:34 AM   #1
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FYI - We're here at the WRV Service Center (beginning our 4th week) and learned that Ron Doyle has left the company as of last week. This probably isn't a surprise but it is now official.

We also got our hands on the '08 sales brochure and notice there are no 40' FDTS floor plans included.

Hope to see lots of you in Newport and Redmond.

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Old 07-29-2007, 07:34 AM   #2
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FYI - We're here at the WRV Service Center (beginning our 4th week) and learned that Ron Doyle has left the company as of last week. This probably isn't a surprise but it is now official.

We also got our hands on the '08 sales brochure and notice there are no 40' FDTS floor plans included.

Hope to see lots of you in Newport and Redmond.

Jim & Ingrid McIntosh
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:54 AM   #3
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So who is replacing Ron?
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:23 AM   #4
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Jim & Ingrid, I wondered what took so long to make this move but my thought is that Monomoy was locked for a bit of time. My fear is that WRV will know lose its greatest sales person as my thought would be he will move into the presidency. In either case The absence of Ron Doyle will give another head start to the Alpine coach products. His father built a great company. Hopefully with the correct management it can continue to grow prosperously from here.
There seems to be a great deal of analytical answers to Alpine but it needs hands on knowledge of the product and just getting the employees directed in the proper direction. Sadly enough I believe Mike Glazier was a large loss, but all things can be overcome by someone that cares and will take the time to help the employees and the sales personnel go into the right direction. They need a compassionate person with the authority to put things in the right direction and that individual must have total control. This company has a tremendous potential. This company know has tremendous potential.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:14 PM   #5
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Dave & Bobbie,

Richard Fish is now CEO of WRV/Pilgrim. We believe folks from Pilgrim and/or Monomoy will hold the other upper management positions.

We have been very impressed w/Mr. Fish. He responds quickly and is very proactive. Also, we've been happy dealing w/Phil Matoon, who has replaced Mike Glazier. We think everyone here has the right plan, they just need to continue employee staffing, development and training. Things at the Service Center are slow and a full staff that is trained and motivated needs to be developed. Errors happen today that training and employee empowerment will resolve. We think they're headed in this direction; they just need time and our patience to get there.

Ted, we agree about Mike Glazier but as indicated above, we are very happy with our dealings w/Mr. Matoon.

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Old 07-29-2007, 04:20 PM   #6
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Jim & Ingrid, I very much agree that Richard Fish is an extremely efficient and obviously a hands on individual in the recreational field. I do not feel that the typical trailer management people are really equipped to handle a motorcoach division. They are like night & day. From everything I have heard Phil Matoon is a tremendous asset to Alpine Coaches. I have not had the plesure of dealing with him but I certainly hear everything good. I think Mr Fish's position will be best used as an overseer for all of these divisions. He deals well with people and understands the problems that his employees have as well as hearing the consumer. You still need a day to day boss man. Call him what you may but he is in big demand and must be right at that Alpine plant to take care of day to day operations. I am certain that Richard Fish has that well worked out. Time will tell. No question things are improving and they must continue at a brisk rate with little room for error. We all have a large investment in this situation so I am certain that all and any suggestions are helpful.
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:11 AM   #7
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This was sad news for me. I've looked at this thread several times and just didn't know what to say.

I believe many of the elements that attracted and still convince me that the Alpine Coach was best for me, can be traced to the vision and decisions of Ron.

For a relatively small company, building a high end coach with so many custom features and high end components, was clearly a risk and -- I believe -- his vision.

Risky decisions often lead to anguish and deliberation of the consequences of decisions one didn't make. I don't think these were un-informed decisions.

Ron's vision prevailed to produce a unique, high performance coach notwithstanding the economic odds.

I wish Ron well and submit that his legacy is the Alpine Coach and it is a fine achievement.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:29 AM   #8
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No question in my mind that much of what is excellent about Apline Coach is a direct reflection of Ron's unwavering vision of something other than a me-too coach. Good luck Ron.
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Old 08-10-2007, 02:32 PM   #9
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I totally agree with Jim&MaryJo and EngineerMike!

Even tho some things backfired on him, and caused financial stress, he built an overall excellent coach. Moreover, he was always very helpful and responsive to us...right from when we first met him. He was always ready to sit down and talk about the product and the various options so we could make informed decisions on what was right for us.

John and I, for two, will really miss seeing him around! Good luck in your next endeavor, Ron, and thanks for all you did for us!

Having said all of that, I am also very impressed with Richard Fish, who continually shows me that he is caring and very knowledgeable. Thank you, Richard!
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