Michael Terlep Announces Retirement from Coachmen RV
Elkhart, IN, October 7, 2022 – After 38 years of service to Coachmen, more than 14 of which have been under Forest River, Michael R. Terlep has announced his planned retirement at the end of this calendar year. He has served as President of Coachmen RV for the last 27 years.
Michael Terlep started with Coachmen March 15, 1984, after graduating from Purdue University. His first position was a Sales Coordinator. Throughout his career with Coachmen, he held several managerial and leadership positions.
Mr. Terlep stated that his decision to retire was a very difficult one, as the better part of his life has been Coachmen and Forest River. The many valued relationships he formed over his long career are his highlights. “Co-Workers of present and past, Dealers, Customers, Suppliers, Industry associates … so many really good people and cherished relationships,” Terlep added.
“Over the last 27 years as President of Coachmen, we have certainly faced some challenges and opportunities. The greatest opportunity that we were ever presented was becoming part of Forest River. Under Forest River, Coachmen regained its status of respect as a worthy competitor and trusted business partner.”
As President of Coachmen, Michael Terlep oversaw all Coachmen, Viking, and Shasta Divisions, as well as the Forest River Park Model Division.
The Coachmen Team is as strong as it has ever been and a clear succession plan is in place, as Bob Dumm will assume the role of President of Coachmen RV effective January 1, 2023. Bob Dumm currently serves as the General Manager of Coachmen’s laminated Trailer Divisions and has been part of the Coachmen leadership Team since 2009. “There is no doubt in my mind that Bob Dumm is the right individual to succeed me in my capacity. In many regards, I believe that the change will be good for Coachmen and the overall Company.” Terlep added.
Terlep intends to travel with his wife of 34 years, Sheila, and spend more time with his growing family. Terlep added, “I simply want to take the opportunity to truly focus on being a better husband, a better parent, a better grandparent, a better friend and a better Catholic. Walking away from something I love will not be easy, however walking toward something that I love even more will make it easier”.
Forest River, Inc., is one of America’s leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles, pontoon boats, cargo trailers and buses.