From The President
by Lyle Reed
good response from Grandvention and we
included your responses
the results at in this edition.
Things are still just as busy here at Foretravel now as they were when I last wrote to you in the summer edition. It has been a year now since the big change at Foretravel. To some of us it seems like only yesterday. Since the last publication we’ve been to the August, FMCA show in Minot, ND and we had a strong presence there. It was really the first public unveiling of our new models. Our exhibit had good attendance.
the Motorcader magazine. to continue publishing four
As a result of that strong response we plan issues a year and improving its content. Mr.
Sheeder also discussed planned changes for the club as a survey and our need to become more efficient in all that we
result of the do. You may
Since Minot there’s been the Grandvention that unfortunately I was unable to attend due to hurricane Rita threatening our plant in Nacogdoches. As it turned out our damage was not as great as the threat. We lost six large overhead doors and suffered some roof damage. The heavy rains that were predicted for our area, thankfully, did not materialize. On Friday we had closed early and did some sandbagging. Electricity was out for a period of time at the plant and offices, but for a much longer period of time for many of our employees.
We are pleased to report in this issue that Mid America RV, Carthage, MO, became a Foretravel dealer in October and quickly began stocking the Nimbus and Phenix models. Ted Evans, Jr. is the new owner of what was formerly Colaw RV Sales at the junction of I-44 and US-71, just east of Joplin. Ted and his staff represent the good-fit dealers we’ve told you we wanted to find. I’m confident you will be pleased with their approach to sales and service.
Motorhomes of Texas, Nacogdoches, TX is now one of our new dealers. It is owned by David and Emily Robertson. David formerly worked for Foretravel, Inc. before starting his own dealership two years ago. We are pleased to have the Robertson’s serving Texas, Foretravel’s most important market. As a result of Foretravel of Texas simultaneously discontinuing retail sales of its Nimbus and Phenix models, Jimmie Bergman has chosen to join Motorhomes of Texas’ sales staff. The rest of the staff remains with Foretravel, Inc. In our discussions with prospective dealers, our factory retail sales, was of concern to them. Foretravel will continue to liquidate our current inventory of pre-2006 coaches.
We began 2006 by signing two additional dealers. The first was Eddie Brown’s Big Chief’s RV in Oxford, AL. Big Chief’s is a new RV dealership and is located just off of I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta at the
As a result of Mr. Brown having
promote our custom coach building capability. carrying Foretravel as their flagship motorcoach their service facility up and running.
They are excited about and they will soon have
The latest new dealer is Parliament Coach in Clearwater, FL. President Steve Mitchell, his father Harvey Mitchell, and sister, Teresa Pitts, CFO, have a long association with the motor coach industry in sales, design and manufacturing. Mr. Mitchell owned Vogue before it was sold and subsequently discontinued. They are looking forward to marketing and servicing our entire line of Foretravel along with their outstanding Parliament Prevost conversions that are built at the same site as their sales location.
we are working hard to keep that promise.
But, I can also assure you that
it is our intention to members. We want Motorcader.
the club provide worthwhile benefits to its to feel that there is real value to being a
We recently completed our third Biomet-related coach and we are hopeful that we will be able to build more of them. See our featured Biomet article “Orthopedics…Traveling in Style” in this issue. We are capable of customizing a Motorcoach to fit almost anyone’s needs – from coaches for business use, for handicapped travelers or for that person who just wants something unique. We’re also working hard on the 2007 models and have gotten a lot of good ideas from our existing owners. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to make model changes as we are determined to continue upgrading our product.
Last November, we hosted a Race Day at Texas Motor Speedway near Ft. Worth for our employees. The ML Motorsports/Foretravel car (now No. 70) recently moved from ARCA to NASCAR’s Busch Series. ML Motorsports team owner Mary Louise Miller, her husband Dane, driver Chad Blount, team staff and a show car were at our hospitality tent. Dane conducted pit tours for the group prior to the race. The event was co-sponsored by some of our vendor partners, which included the supplier of our ISL, ISM and ISX engines—Cummins Southern Plains, Dana-Spicer, the manufacturer of our axles, drivelines and brakes, and Villa Furniture. Earlier in the week ML Motorsports had brought Chad and their show car to the factory for a reception, pictures, and
autographs for our Motorsports/Foretravel NASCAR Busch Series
employees No. 70 car where they
is being readied for next season’s
plan to run 18 races.
website (www.mlracing.com) for the latest team news. at the races.
Hope to see you
We attended the RVIA’s National Trade Show, Louisville, KY in late November and had some very meaningful new dealer discussions. We expect to announce additional ones soon as we build toward 12 strategically located dealerships. Watch our website, www.foretravel.com, for the latest dealer and service center developments. We continue to add to the site as time permits. We hope you find it both interesting and appealing. We began the year by participating in the Tampa Supershow in January, along with several of our dealers.
All of us at Foretravel want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
We are extremely pleased that Merlyn and Jo Dean Neel have agreed to lead the Motorcade Club after Paul Tinkle accepted another position with the company. Frank Sheeder, a consultant and member of the investor group, conducted an extensive club survey that generated a
Lyle D. Reed President
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