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Mark Gerber, co-founder and president of Adventure Manufacturing Inc., dba Timberland RV Co., has left the Peru, Ind.-based company.
“I resigned because of a difference in agreement about where to take the company,” said Gerber, whose departure was effective Jan. 31.
Gerber founded the towable manufacturer with private financial backing in 2001 while he was with Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., along with operating partner Kean MacOwan, another former Fleetwood executive, who remains with Timberland as vice president.
Gerber said a change last August in a majority of the company’s ownership precipitated his resignation. Gerber’s replacement has not been named.
Gerber, 49, entered the RV industry in 1984 as a Fleetwood salesman. While national sales manager for Fleetwood’s Mallard towable brand, Gerber was recruited to form Timberland along with MacOwan.
“We grew Timberland to be in the top 15 towable manufacturers in the U.S. from a cold start,” Gerber said. “We developed a name for innovative productions and features, focusing on camper convenience.”
Located about 75 miles south of Indiana’s RV-manufacturing hub in Elkhart, Ind., Timberland manufactures the Timberlodge, RPM, Chisholm Trail and Riverside towable lines, and claims to have been among the first to offer trailer lofts and slideouts with family-friendly bunk beds.