A veteran team of Airstream executives, whose collective careers span 156 years in the recreational vehicle industry – 113 with Airstream — posed for this photo during the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky., as a tribute to Al McInnes (second from the left), who is retiring Jan. 31.
McInnes, director of sales, western region — who has logged 38 years in the industry, 28 with Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream — is joined in the photo (from the left) by Tom Parnell, director of sales, central region, Larry Huttle, chairman, and Pate Rawak, senior regional sales director.
“You’ve got four guys who have been together 30 to 40 years as a team, mostly at Airstream and before that (all but Parnell) at Winnebago,” said Huttle, noting that all of them got their starts in the automotive arena. “We’ve been a strong team for all these years and very successful in establishing and maintaining new RV distribution in our industry.”
The retiring McInnes was honored at a Dec. 1 Airstream dealer breakfast in Louisville at which Southern California dealer Steve Banas, president of Southwest Coaches in Irvine, presented him with a plaque for his years of service in the industry. Banas and three other Airstream dealers also gave McInnes a $4,000 garden tractor for use in gardening at his Utah home.
Huttle added that McInnes’s retirement is the beginning of a wave, a changing of the guard of sorts at Airstream, as Parnell and Huttle himself plan to step away in 2011.
(Photo is courtesy of Larry McCay Photography Inc., Granger, Ind.)