Bob Olson and his wife, Kathy, at his retirement party

Bob Olson officially stepped down last week from his position as chairman, president and CEO for Winnebago Industries Inc., marking the culmination of a 43-year career with the Forest City, Iowa-based builder. Pictured are Olson and his wife, Kathy, showing a farewell cake presented during an informal open house at the company’s manufacturing complex. In addition to friends, family and colleagues, the sendoff was attended by several industry representatives, including Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon. Olson will retain his duties as a member of the RVIA executive committee and co-chair for the Go RVing Coalition in addition to keeping his seat on the Winnebago board. Olson, 60, is emblematic of Winnebago’s “promote-from-within” initiative. The Forest City native took over leadership of Winnebago from Bruce Hertzke and was succeeded by Randy Potts, both career employees with the company. Olson told RVBUSINESS.com that he and Kathy will be heading into retirement behind the wheel of a Winnebago Journey motorhome. The couple left this week for a Winnebago rally in Orlando, Fla.