Family RV Group, a specialty retailer of new and used recreational vehicles and related services with nine locations across  Ohio,  Indiana,  Tennessee,  Kentucky and Georgia, announced the hiring of  Walt Rodgers as its new chief executive officer, effective Feb.  1.  

 According to a press release, Rodgers will succeed Wade Stepp, who has been with the organization for 17 years. Stepp has helped lead revenue growth, customer service initiatives, and a multistore expansion strategy throughout his tenure. Stepp will continue with Family RV as a board member and special advisor, focusing primarily on the Company’s ongoing acquisition strategy.

Rodgers joins Family RV, formerly known as Colerain RV, after spending the last eight years as chief human resources officer with RelaDyne LLC, a leading supplier of comprehensive equipment reliability products and value-added services on the oil and fuel distribution industry.  

At RelaDyne Rodgers was responsible for all human resources activities and most notably led the company’s efforts to instill a common culture throughout the organization, where he played a key role in operations and the integration of more than 20 acquisitions. 

Prior to joining RelaDyne, Rodgers spent 27 years with Ferguson Enterprises Inc., one of the nation’s leading plumbing, pipes, valves, fittings and building supplies wholesale distributors. 

During this time at  Ferguson, he rose through the ranks of the organization, assuming a variety of operations and management positions with ever-increasing responsibilities, including director of talent development and director of Ferguson’s HVAC.

Ken Heuer, a principal at Kidd & Co., said, “The board is very pleased to name Walt Rodgers to the CEO position. We have known Walt for many years and believe he has the vision and experience to build on the strong industry momentum achieved by Family RV over the last several years.

“We have enjoyed our partnership with Wade and the Jung family since our initial acquisition of the business in 2016 and are very pleased with the growth achieved under Wade’s leadership. We are excited that Wade will remain associated with the company.”