Randall Henderson, a co-founder of luxury RV resorts firm Outdoor Resorts of America (ORA), will resign effective Friday (June 27).
Henderson, 65, ORA’s president and COO, decided to leave the company he spent 34 years developing and managing so he could spend more time with his family and to pursue other interests.
Replacing Henderson as president and COO will be Ron Petty, who has worked the last 32 years for ORA, according to R.A. Schoellhorn, ORA’s chairman and CEO.
Henderson, a longtime member of the Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) Commercial Council, began his career in real estate law in Tennessee.
He recommended the idea of condominium RV resorts in 1969 to the developers of a campground in the Cumberland Mountains. By selling lots to the resort’s guests, the developers could improve the facility without financing from conventional lenders.
During Henderson’s tenure, ORA, originally based in Tennessee, developed 25 luxury RV resorts and hosted millions of rental guests.
ORA, now headquartered in Coburg, Ore., operates 13 resorts in nine states, with more properties under development.
Last November, ORA sold resorts in Las Vegas, Indio, Calif., and Naples, Fla., to Monaco Coach Corp., a builder of highline to midpriced motorhomes and towables. Monaco is continuing to develop those properties and to sell lots to motorhome owners.