TengoInternet, the oldest and largest wireless Internet provider for the outdoor hospitality industry, announced Tuesday that Inc. Magazine ranked TengoInternet number 712 on its third annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, according to a news release.TengoInternet’s ranking was based on revenue growth from 2005 through 2008.
“We are honored to be recognized among the nation’s elite private companies,” said Eric Stumberg, CEO and co-founder of TengoInternet. “TengoInternet’s growth is directly attributable to the talent and commitment of our team and the growing list of RV resorts and other properties that trust their critical Wi-Fi networks to us. We look forward to continuing to help our customers achieve business success.”
TengoInternet’s professional Wi-Fi networks, network consultation, network installation and network assurance services help property owners increase guest satisfaction and length of stay while improving staff productivity. With more than 400 locations under management across the U.S., Mexico and Canada, TengoInternet also provides a critical and exclusive link for more than 60,000 RVers as they travel each month.
This network allows TengoInternet to deliver customized advertising in a captive environment to an affluent and highly desirable audience. As the most experienced provider and preferred partner to all the leading property management groups in the industry, TengoInternet is uniquely positioned to continue its revenue growth and expand into additional markets.
“The Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” said Jim Melloan, Inc. 5000 project manager. “That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.”
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Nearly 86 Airstream trailer owners camped out at the Boone County Fairgrounds near Columbia, Mo., as part of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International’s Region 8 rally. The gathering, which started April 29 and ended Sunday, drew Wally Byam members from Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
Wally Byam founded the Airstream company and designed the first trailers.
Activities featured an open house Saturday for the public and other rally attendees. The trailers were parked side by side in rows, so owners could go from trailer to trailer to compare notes and connect socially.
“If you didn’t have any in the beginning, you’ll develop some social skills,” Airstream owner Rachel Hughey said.
Some units looked modern while others had been restored to their original decor. The oldest model at the rally was from 1948. Many had flamingos, which like the iconic Airstream itself, are an integral part of Americana kitsch.
But it would be a mistake to think of the units, or “silver twinkies,” as Hughey likes to call them, as relics of the past. Hughey said most RV parks today are practically required to have Wi-Fi access and “the VAP,” or Vintage Airstream Podcast, a popular podcast that owners can tune in to about vintage trailers.
Hughey said that a new Airstream today can cost around $100,000 and that even in these times, Airstream Inc. does well financially, building on request. She said the company also makes UPS trucks and other vehicles if RV demand wavers. Hughey visited the company’s headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio, and said that more than 60% of all Airstreams ever made are still on the road.
“They are very versatile, and that’s how Airstreamer people have to be,” she said. “If it doesn’t work, try something else.”
Some Airstream owners still work, but most couples are retired and have the freedom to travel. Most importantly, however, the passion for Airstream ownership must be shared. Hughey told a story about a man she met in Tennessee whose wife wasn’t into his RV devotion.
“She said, ‘You have to choose between me and the Airstream.’ And she’s gone!”
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) continued its state-by-state look at improvements in the nation’s privately owned RV parks and campgrounds with a look this week at the state of Tennessee. Among the investments were the following:
- Adventure Bound Camping Resort, Gatlinburg: This Great Smoky Mountains area-park, whose amenities include a 500-foot waterslide and 14 cabin rentals, is spending $70,000 in swimming pool, water heating and other improvements this year.
- Big Meadow Family Campground, Townsend: This 77-site park spent about $10,000 this year adding new playground equipment and landscaping the area around the park’s bathhouse. Other upgrades during the past two years include remodeling the bathhouse and adding deluxe supersites to better accommodate campers with big rigs.
- Caney Creek RV Resort, Harriman: This park has spent $200,000 on 20 new deluxe campsites in their own section, boosting the park to 178 sites. Each new campsite has cement pads and 50-amp electrical service.
- Deer Run RV Resort, Crossville: This 200-acre resort expects to invest about $45,000 in improvements this year. Major projects include resurfacing the resort’s swimming pool and tennis courts, installing new wood flooring in its park- model cabin rentals, expanding the park’s Wi-Fi service, upgrading electrical service in several areas and adding another pavilion to the chapel.
- Misty River Cabins & RV Resort LLC, Wallard: This park has recently invested $15,000 in various upgrades, including a new concession stand, and upgrades to its Wi-Fi system and safety improvements for its pool and hot tub.