Following a high-profile career in the U.S. RV industry, veteran trade publishing executive Beverly Gardner announced her retirement and the sale of her equity in Elkhart, Ind.-based publisher G&G Media Group LLC today (Dec. 20) to another long-time industry exec, former Dicor Inc. President Gregg Fore.
A lifelong member of the Elkhart community and a graduate of Elkhart High School who attended the University of Colorado, Gardner served for years as an independent publishers’ rep before co-founding G&G Media, publisher of RVBusiness and Woodall’s Campground Management magazines, with partner Sherm Goldenberg in March of 2011.
Goldenberg will continue in his role as publisher and co-owner.
“It’s been a good run, one that I’m proud to have been a part of since 1977 when I got my start, doing business as Bev Gardner & Associates Inc. and working out of my house with two young daughters scampering around,” said Gardner, who served as G&G’s vice president of sales after acquiring the two magazines from Affinity Group Inc., a California company subsequently renamed Good Sam Enterprises LLC, a unit of Camping World Holdings Inc.
Among the other titles for which Gardner’s independent agency sold advertising over the years: Trails-A-Way, Camperways, Southern RV, California RV Traveler, Hanley’s Van Conversion Buyers Guide, Chevy Outdoors, Coachmen Easy RVing, Camporama, EXTRA! RV Newsletter, Family Motor Coaching, Trucking Times, the Woodall’s Campground Directory and Woodall’s RV Buyer’s Guide.
During her tenure at G&G, Gardner, a former board member of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc., helped launch the “RV Industry Power Breakfast,” the “RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards” and the “RV Business RV of the Year” programs.
An Elkhart native and Purdue University grad who will serve as chief revenue officer for G&G, Fore spent almost 20 years with Coachmen Industries Inc. and then Patriot Homes before going to work in 1990 as a sales manager for Elkhart RV supplier Dicor — a company for which he ultimately became president and co-owner.
An avid golfer and part-time resident of Augusta, Ga., Fore is officially retiring next week from his position at Dicor more than a year after he and his partners sold their interest in the firm to Wichita, Kans.-based RV supplier Airxcel Inc. In his new role, Fore will work closely with veteran front-line sales execs Ally Kollat and Wendy Thorne, who are assuming lead sales and account responsibilities.
“My interest at this point is to use what I’ve learned over the past 50 years and hopefully reach farther down the road in the publishing business and the trade media,” said Fore, who served as chairman in 2011 and 2012 of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s board of directors.