Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline Corp. has named Richard W. Florea as president and CEO, and appointed him to the company’s board, effective July 27. Skyline also announced that Bruce G. Page, who previously was president, CEO and a director, is no longer with the company.
“Rich is a charismatic leader, who is uniquely suited to lead Skyline at this important time. He knows our industry well and has an impressive list of accomplishments along with a demonstrated ability to grow businesses and develop value creation strategies which will benefit our dealer partners and their customers,” said Chairman John C. Firth in a press release. “Notably, Rich was a highly successful division sales manager for Skyline early in his career. The board is pleased to welcome Rich back to Skyline.”
Florea commented, “I have long been an admirer of Skyline and the principled way it has conducted business since Art Decio founded the company over 65 years ago. I am excited to return to Skyline and am impressed with its industry leading products and the growth potential of the company. I look forward to leading the team in its effort to generate long-term shareholder value by building profitable sales in our core manufactured housing business.”
Florea, 52, has more than 27 years of experience with manufacturing companies, mostly in the recreational vehicle and truck industries. Most recently, he was president and COO for Truck Accessories Group LLC, a producer of fiberglass caps and tonneaus for light and mid-sized trucks. From 1998 through 2009, he was with Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., a maker of travel trailers, where he helped grow the company’s annual revenues from $95 million to more than $400 million during his nine-year tenure as president and COO. He was a division sales manager for Skyline from 1994 to 1998.