WORKAMPER NEWS PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF POSSIBILITIES
Steve and his bride of 33 years, Kathy Jo, purchased Workamper News in 2005. Prior to owning Workamper News, Steve was the HR Director at Adventureland Amusement Park in Altoona, IA. During his 15-year tenure he developed one of the larger, more successful Workamper programs in the U.S. Over the years, Steve personally accomplished well over 11,000 Workamper interviews and hired over 6,000. Over the past ten years, Steve has developed numerous new programs and continues to be an advocate for education, which stems from his seven years of teaching high school right out of college. Some of the latest developments from Steve are the RVing Lifestyle Ambassador Program and the Small Biz RVer School. In partnership with Terry Cooper, the Texas RV Professor, Steve helped to develop RV maintenance education programs and the National RV Inspectors Association. These ventures took Steve and Kathy Jo across America in their motorhome over three years promoting RV maintenance education, RV inspections, and Workamping.
WORKAMPER NEWS CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Dana has been with Workamper News since 2016. She started as the Administrative Assistant to our Director of Possibilities and Owner, Mr. Steve Anderson, and has grown to be the COO of Workamper News overseeing many of the day to day operations. She is also the administrator over the RVing Lifestyle Ambassador Program. If you have any questions about becoming an RVing Lifestyle Ambassador, she is the woman to talk to! Outside the office, Dana lives with her husband Richard, and her great nephew, Cayd, in Heber Springs, AR. She grew up there and moved away to Mississippi for a while and raised her son and daughter, but has since returned to the beautiful Natural State. She is raising her great nephew, Cayd, and you can find them at the sports complex cheering him on in all the games he plays throughout the year most weekends or at the race track watching her husband, Richard, drag race. In her down time, she loves to fish along the beautiful Little Red River here in Heber Springs. You might even find her out camping and turkey hunting!
HOWARD & PAM JAROS
This dynamic duo is spearheading Workamper News’ efforts to connect Workampers with great RV products, services, events, manufacturers, and more! Howard & Pam are happy to speak with any business that is interested in advertising (other than help wanted). These two are full-time RVers so their office is their RV! They have logged over 75,000 miles in both rented and owned RVs, traveling with their Corgi dogs. These serial entrepreneurs also run their own website - www.YourFullTimeRVLiving.com – to help other RVers, and they play a large role in the RV inspection industry.
CHRIS & JIM GULD
GEEKS ON TOUR
Chris is President and Teacher-in-Chief, as well as author of Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos and The Beginner’s Guide to Picasa. She is also a Top Contributor for the Google Photos Forum. Jim is the Prime Geek and loves to learn, especially new technology. Jim keeps all their technology in order and is the producer, director, engineer, camera and sound man for their weekly webcast, “What Does This Button Do?”
LORING & ASSOCIATES AT ESCAPEES RV CLUB
Susie is a Texas licensed attorney, having been licensed for 35 years. She is a partner at Loring & Associates located in Livingston, TX. They cater to the full-time RVing world as their office is in the headquarters of Escapees RV Club. Therefore, they understand the lifestyle and special concerns of full-time RVers including creating domiciles, creating estate plans, creating corporate structures, and even dealing with defective products and Texas lemon laws. As a recovering litigator, she has experience in civil litigation, immigration and employment law.
RV INSPECTOR & ENTREPRENEUR
Win had a long career in manufacturing, finance, and consulting in Information Technology and Training, starting with Reynolds Aluminum. After retiring several years ago, Win and his wife, Joanne, started their RV inspection business - RV Inspection Services (RVIS, LLC). Win and Joanne primarily serve the Midwest via their offices in Naperville, IL and Tomahawk, WI, but also use their Fleetwood Southwind Class A to travel to inspections throughout the country. If not traveling in their motorhome, they are usually enjoying their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the Chicago area, or relaxing at the lake in Wisconsin.
THE TEXAS RV PROFESSOR
Cooper has been called “America’s RV Expert.” He is a master-certified RV technician, a li-censed insurance claims adjuster, a college instructor, and has also developed multiple businesses around providing RV maintenance education and services. Cooper and his wife, Lady E, own Mobile RV Academy – a technical training school for RV technicians and RV consumers. You may meet up with Cooper and Lady E while out there on the road. You will see the two of them with their DRV Fullhouse fifth wheel and their “branded” Texas truck.
GEOFF & JOHANA MATTHEWS
RV INSURANCE BENEFITS
Geoff & Johana retired in 2012 from their 20+ year southern California swimming pool contracting business, selling or giving away everything to hit the road as full-time RVers. In 2014, they bought a mobile RV satellite business and traveled all over this great country attending rallies and get-togethers, meeting some of the most awesome people, and having a great time. In July 2018, they joined with their friend and fellow full-time RVer Coleen, owner of RV Insurance Benefits, in launching the Under 65 Health Plan at the FMCA event in Gillette, WY.
RV KITCHEN EXPERT
Evada, known by RV regulars as “Lady E,” teaches men and women alike how RV cooking can be just as fun as creating family-style meals in a full-size kitchen. Her motto – being prepared is the key to success! With so many things to learn about the differences in the RV lifestyle versus traditional homestyle living, Lady E brings a wealth of knowledge to those seeking to live successfully in their own RV kitchen.
SEAN & JULIE CHICKERY
Sean and Julie are a couple of perpetual travelers who have been living and traveling full-time in their fifth wheel since 2014. After serving 20 years in the US Air Force, they knew they wanted to keep moving and experience even more of this beautiful nation. Sean & Julie travel slowly and intentionally as they work remotely from their rolling home. They have an informational website - www.chickerystravels.com - and YouTube channel, have authored a book on the financial aspects of full-time travel called Full-Time RV Finance, and conduct seminars related to RV travel and budgeting at RV shows across the country. Their goal is to help others prepare financially for the RV lifestyle and share the tips they used to become debt free in just two years.
SOLO TRAVEL EXPERT
The day Hurricane Sandy rolled into NYC, Jill was celebrating her 40th birthday. She decided it was a sign to shake things up in her life. Shortly thereafter, she took off on what is now a 140 thousand-mile-plus road trip - first by bicycle, then cross country on a Vespa, then moving into a tiny RV, and most recently a motorcycle with sidecar and a Sprinter van. July 2017 found Jill in her 50th state, North Dakota, at Fargo, where they celebrate the Best for Last Club. Yes, there is a wood chipper. 2019 and beyond hold more international travel, more modes of transportation, and the release of her book chronicling her pursuit of the extraordinary. A serial entrepreneur with prior businesses in health and fitness, Pilates studios, and building web applications, Jill now travels the country speaking and exploring while she manages her website maintenance service – Ultimate WP Help – enjoying an ever-changing view from the “office” window. A big fan of outsourcing and building the right team, her favorite thing to say to her fabulous clients is, “Let me focus on my genius, so you can focus on yours.”
AUTHOR & RV LIFESTYLE BLOGGER
Author of Tales from the Blank Tank, Liz Wilcox is an Army wife turned RV entrepreneur. When she’s not out exploring the U.S. with her family, you can find her telling jokes and swapping campfire stories. At the end of 2017, she gave up personal space in return for personal freedom, hitting the road in a 2007 Jayco Greyhawk. As a full-time RVer, she has a passion for creating community among campers of all kinds through humor and storytelling. You can learn more and become part of her community at The Virtual Campground.
BRITER PRODUCTS REP
Starting at 5 years old, Avanti accompanied her dad on sales calls across the Midwest - listening in on industrial equipment projects. As a professional, she has been a part of product development teams for government systems, buses, and RVs for more than 20 years. Core to each of her efforts has been the focus on applying technology to improve functionality and value. Known for exceeding expectations for each participant in a product's lifecycle, she is most proud of the strong relationships that have formed and deepened over the years. Recognized as a 2019 Fellow at the Indiana University Center for a Sustainable Future for soil amendment and restoration, Avanti is an enthusiastic gardener and environmentalist.
ORGANIZING AND DOWNSIZING EXPERT
Ashley runs the website RVinspiration.com - a resource for finding ideas for organizing, decorating, and renovating RVs, as well as tips for full time RV living. She has also written an ebook called Create Space from Thin Air: Ideas for Adding Storage to Your RV. Drawing from her own experience with selling her home and moving with her husband into a fifth wheel full-time, she has written an online course called Inspired to Downsize to guide people through the process of downsizing and decluttering, whether for full-time RV travel or simply to enjoy life without being weighed down by excess "stuff." She is in the process of launching a second blog on the topic at InspiredtoDownsize.com
KAY & ALAN OSHEL
SKYMED INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
Kay and Alan have been retired and traveling for 20 years doing a variety of work experiences - the most productive being Skymed. They are retired educators, farmers, pizza franchise business owners, as well as independent contractors with Skymed. Kay has also written two jewelry collector's books about Sarah Coventry Jewelry. They have coupled many of these past skills and expertise with becoming million-dollar producers with Skymed and find it both rewarding monetarily and in helping protect their many Skymed members.
Mark is an attorney, CPA, entrepreneur, best-selling author, national speaker, radio show host, news contributor, and pundit. He is known as the nation’s leading voice for entrepreneurs and small business owners, having taught thousands of people how to take control of their own financial future and steer their business to success, through his powerful business, tax, and legal strategies. He will be joining us via webcam from his Utah office to help you understand the benefits of having your very own small business and how it could effect your RV lifestyle in the future.
MOIX RV SUPERCENTER SALES ASSOCIATE
Sam bought his first motorhome in 1987. It was to have a profound impact on his life. After spending 13 years in the investment banking business, he took a different track on his career path. In 1997, he began selling RVs at the largest Holiday Rambler dealer in the Mid-South. He was on the RV sales crew that established the new Camping World store in Little Rock, AR in 2008. He was with Camping World for about 11 years. In addition to serving his RV customer base, his final three years at Camping World included providing RV product, sales, and driver training to over 270 new Camping World sales people in their Southeast region. He moved to Moix RV in Conway, AR and became involved in their and business development efforts. At Moix RV, he is engaged in the Internet marketing department while he continues to work with hundreds of customers who have become friends too over the past 20 years.