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After a two-year hiatus from the recreational vehicle industry, longtime dealer Mark Meyer reentered the marketplace during last week’s Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey as owner of Mark’s Leisure Time.
A fixture in the RV retail community, Meyer sold upstate New York-based Meyer’s RV Superstores to FreedomRoads LLC in January 2004. He worked for the national retailer for over two years, serving as president of the northeast region while reportedly doubling revenue in the territory to over $200 million.
In June 2006, Meyer founded Mark’s Leisure Time in Churchville, N.Y., a truck accessory and marine retailer that grew to four locations and recently added RVs to its lineup.
Meyer related that his debut at the Hershey Show “felt like ‘Back to the Future.’ ” He added, “I was very pleased by the greeting I received from many of my colleagues from the industry. It made me feel very welcome and comfortable being back in the RV business.”
Meyer said that Mark’s Leisure Time exclusively handles product by Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. He reported that 40-plus units were on display in Hershey.
“A lot of my friends in the industry suggested that I wait until after the election and look toward getting back into the market next spring,” said Meyer. “I’ve never played it safe and felt with Gulf Stream’s support, we could make it work.”
Philip Sarvari, executive vice president for Gulf Stream, noted: “Gulf Stream is proud to have worked with Mark Meyer on our largest display of towables products in Gulf Stream Coach’s 25 year history,” said. “Mark has always been a shaker and mover in his 25-year history and we are very excited at his team’s performance helping us achieve a new Gulf Stream Coach sales record of over 90-plus units sold during this event.”
Meyer said he plans to attend the upcoming Central New York RV Show, again in partnership with Gulf Stream.