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Minnesota Dealer Reflects on Growth Over 18 Years

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May 2, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Even after 18 years in business, Kim Kroubetz says she still has “pinch yourself” moments.

“I go outside and look out at my lot and just think, ‘wow’,” she reflects. “When I think back to what I started with…well, a lot has changed.”

Connect Business reported that it was back in 1999 when Kroubetz and her husband Paul, both not even 30 years old yet, purchased a plot of land along Highway 60 as you enter Lake Crystal, Minn. When she reflects back, she is filled with gratitude. The two hadn’t even been married three years, when Kim wanted to pursue this dream and she says she couldn’t have done it without Paul’s unconditional support. With the land secured, Kroubetz figured she had enough money left over to buy 12 campers to sell from that spot. It proved to be an exercise in persistence, though, to snag her first inventory.

“Every Fall there is a big show called ‘Louisville’, down in Kentucky,” Kroubetz explains. “They can fit all manufacturers under one roof. It’s pretty incredible. So I grabbed my brother, Jeff, and we flew down there. We were young and new to business, so it was harder than I thought it was going to be to be taken seriously.” She chuckles, adding “I finally wore the Gulf Stream rep down, and he sold me 12 RVs. I had a few cocktails that night because I’m like, what if no one buys these?”

But those 12 didn’t last long.

Now Kroubetz Lakeside Campers and Motors has an inventory of nearly 400 units available between new and used. Her number of employees has grown too. She started out with just herself, her brother and another salesperson. She just recently crossed the 20 mark for number of employees and expects that to almost double this year.

“We are going to hire at least 12 to 15 more people here,” she says. “More so in service and a few in sales. Everyone thinks this is a seasonal business and I guess it is to a point. But in 18 years, I’ve never had to lay anyone off in the winter. That’s because we try to have products for all seasons. For instance, we sell a lot of fish houses during the winter.”

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