Wayne Mertes, 67, founder of the predecessor to National RV Inc., has resigned from the National RV Holdings Inc. Board of Directors.
Mertes’ voluntary resignation from the board came less than one month after he resigned as president of Perris, Calif.-based National RV Inc.
Brad Albrechtsen, 40, president and CEO of National RV Holdings Inc., replaced Mertes earlier this month as the executive responsible for day-to-day operations of National RV Inc.
Mertes had retired earlier but returned to National RV Inc. 11 months ago and “he was instrumental in reversing our declining market share through his product development efforts,” Albrechtsen said.
Mertes co-founded Dolphin Trailer Co., the predecessor to National RV Inc., in 1964. The company became known as National RV Holdings Inc. prior to the acquisition of Oregon-based Country Coach Inc. in 1996.
National RV Holdings Inc. is a New York Stock Exchange-listed firm that had $152 million in sales revenue in the first half of this year.
Albrechtsen added that National RV Holdings Inc. is moving in the direction of having more members of its board who are not executives of the company.
Now that Mertes has resigned, National RV Holdings Inc. has three members of its six-member board who are company executives.
In addition to Albrechtsen, the other board members who also are National RV Holdings Inc. employees are: Country Coach Inc. subsidiary founder and President Bob Lee and Stephen Davis, an attorney who also serves as secretary of the National RV Holdings board.