Cruise Inn announced this morning (May 9) that Trent Arnold has been elevated to the position of president and CEO, taking over for Scott Anderson, who is stepping back but will stay on to continue growing the company, which Anderson co-founded in 2013.
Arnold joined Cruise Inn last September as executive vice president and CFO, focusing on the areas of finance and treasury, and assisting in the advancement of the next generation of technology to be implemented at the company.
He has a long history in the hospitality and outdoor recreation industries, according to Cruise Inn’s announcement, and was a key member of the founding team of CNL Lifestyle Properties, a real-estate investment trust, where he served as director of investments.
In that role, Arnold focused on outdoor resorts, golf courses, marinas, ski areas, and RV parks and campgrounds. Arnold then launched North Shore Partners LLC, a boutique real-estate and private-equity advisory firm focused on the hospitality, outdoor recreation and commercial property industries. Arnold personally directed and led the growth of a number of companies as part of multibillion-dollar portfolio.
“With the support of our board of directors, Scott and I have been working toward this planned transition since I joined the company last fall, and have worked together as partners to ensure a smooth and efficient change of leadership,” Arnold said.
“I am grateful to Scott for his tremendous assistance in immediately making me part of the team and sharing the lessons learned under his leadership growing the company the last four years,” he continued. “Scott and I share the same vision for Cruise Inn and its role in changing the future of the RV park industry with an innovative and proven marketing and branding offering that drives real value to park owners and creates the best experience for park guests in the industry, and I could not be more excited to be a part of this company’s future.”
Anderson spearheaded the launch of Cruise Inn in November 2013, providing a new brand option for independent RV park/campground owners. Previously, he spent more than 30 years as a senior hospitality executive for the Hotel Del Coronado, Callaway Gardens, Cendant Corporation, Richfield Hospitality, High Country Hospitality, the destination club Dream Catcher, and Kohler Hospitality and Real Estate Group. He was also managing director of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
“With the help and support of our members, we have gone from a complete start-up four years ago to a viable and successful force in the outdoor hospitality space. We have proven that there is truly demand beyond just the park’s own website by successfully using the online travel agencies as partners and channels of distribution,” Anderson said.
“Trent has my full confidence as he assumes this new role,” he continued. “He is well grounded in the outdoor hospitality industry having been an RVer himself with his family for many years.
“With his experience in the hospitality, development and financial worlds, he is very qualified to take Cruise Inn to the next level. I will continue to have an active role in the company, and will work under Trent’s direction supporting sales, marketing and technology at least through the end of 2017,” said Anderson.
Cruise Inn has 42 parks at this point and plans to keep expanding.