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Joe Range, owner of Range RV in Hesperia, Calif., and a local community leader, was recently honored as small business person of the year during a special luncheon at the 2006 California Small Business Day.
“Joe is more than a business owner,” said Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley. “He is an active partner in the community, and I selected him as small business person of the year because of his many great contributions.”
In addition to operating the largest recreational vehicle dealership in the area, Range also is involved in several local organizations, including serving on the board of trustees for the Victor Valley Community College District.
Range moved to California after selling his recreational vehicle dealership in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1985, when he was still in his 40’s. Within a year, he had bought a small RV dealership in Vista and soon relocated to the Victor Valley, located northeast of Los Angeles.
“I looked around and thought, this is a perfect spot for me and my business,” Range said in an interview with the Daily Press, a local newspaper which honored him with the 2003 Spirit of Freedom Award. “Within 100 miles, there is everything you need. It was a great opportunity to get into a market that was still growing.”
While growing the business, Range and his wife of 46 years, Cherie, became two of the area’s most active citizens.
“We made a conscious decision to get involved,” Range said. “My wife got started with the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce. Through that, we got to know people.
“Later on, when I pulled back on the state and national stuff I was doing for the RV industry, we devoted more time to projects here in the Victor Valley.”