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Winnebago Appoints 3 New Product Managers

Posted By RVBusiness On October 1, 2012 @ 11:49 am In Breaking News | No Comments

Russ Garfin

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. today (Oct. 1) announced the appointment of three new product managers. They include:

• Russ Garfin has been named as product manager of the Winnebago and Itasca Class C, as well as Class B Era market segments for the company. Garfin, 54, is a 23-year veteran of Winnebago, most recently serving as director of product planning. His past experience includes international business manager and, product training manager for the company. A native of Mason City, Iowa, Garfin received an associate of arts degree from North Iowa Community College in Mason City, and a bachelor’s in Asian Languages from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He also completed the prestigious Falcon Language Program in Japanese from Cornell University in New York. He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Forest City.

Ryan Roske

• Ryan Roske will serve as product manager of the Winnebago and Itasca Class A diesel pusher lineups. Roske, 36, began working for Winnebago Industries in 1997 as a technician in the shipout department and has worked as a district sales manager and most recently as the Western Area sales manager. He attended Hamilton College in Mason City, and received a bachelor’s in business administration from Waldorf College, Forest City. Roske and his wife, Amber, and four children reside in Forest City.

• John Millis has joined Winnebago to serve as product manager of the Winnebago and Itasca Class A front-engine gas and diesel product lines. Millis, 52, is a 28-year veteran of the RV industry, most recently serving as product manager at Navistar RV. He has also held positions as product manager of Class C and American Coach products for Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., product manager of motorized products for MVP RV Inc., as

John Mills

well as director of product development at National RV. A native of Riverside, Calif., Millis attended Riverside area schools and community college. He and his wife, Patricia, will relocate to the Forest City area.

“I am excited to have Russ, Ryan and John leading our product management teams,” said Scott Degnan, Vice president, sales and product management for Winnebago. “Winnebago Industries has a rich and unique history of innovation and success in the market place. These dynamic leaders and this new product management alignment further strengthen our ability to reduce design cycles and bring innovative, on target and in demand products to our dealer’s lots and showrooms.”

 

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