Thor Industries Inc. today (Sept. 11) announced it has named Colleen Zuhl as CFO, effective Oct. 1. According to a press release, Zuhl replaces Dominic Romeo, who will continue to work with Thor on a consulting basis for a variety of projects.
“We would like to thank Dom Romeo for coming out of retirement to assist us in taking significant transformative steps in a condensed time frame that set the foundation for our future growth,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO. “Dom’s time with us was marked by significant successes of our company’s management team on which Dom played a key role. I personally appreciated his counsel on our strategic objectives. I also appreciate that we will have the ability to continue to work with him.”
Romeo noted, “I truly enjoyed my time as CFO of Thor and am very pleased with what our management team has accomplished. I leave the position knowing that Colleen will maintain the high standards established at Thor and that the company’s experienced finance team will continue its outstanding performance.”
Zuhl, 47, joined Thor in June 2011 and has served in a variety of roles, including vice president and corporate controller as well as interim CFO from October 2012 through February 2013. The entire finance, accounting and internal audit functions will report to Zuhl.
“We are pleased that Colleen has agreed to become our new CFO, as she has shown that her years of experience in the RV industry, her technical expertise and leadership skills make her the ideal candidate to maintain our positive momentum within the finance function,” Martin said. “I am confident in Colleen’s ability to shape the future of our finance group and provide valuable insights to our board and senior management team.”
Prior to her experience at Thor, Zuhl served as CFO for All American Group Inc. (formerly known as Coachmen Industries Inc.), which was a publicly traded company. Prior to her tenure at All American Group, Zuhl spent more than 15 years at Ernst & Young LLP, most recently as an audit senior manager. Zuhl is a graduate of Hillsdale College with a bachelor’s in accounting and mathematics.
As Thor prepares to file its fiscal 2013 financial statements, Romeo and Zuhl will share responsibility for the filing, and both will certify the report on behalf of the company.
In addition to Zuhl’s appointment as CFO, Thor named Jeff Tryka to the newly created position of director of corporate development and investor relations. In this role, Tryka will be responsible for all interactions with the investment community, including meetings with existing shareholders and potential investors, presentations at investor conferences and incoming inquiries from institutional and individual investors. Tryka will report directly to Martin.
Tryka, 43, has been involved in the RV industry for more than a decade, first as an equity analyst in the late 1990s and later as director of investor relations at Coachmen. He has been serving in the investor relations function at Thor on a consulting basis since October 2012. Tryka holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and earned an MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a bachelor’s in accounting from Bucknell University.