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The Olendorf Family from the Point South/Yemassee KOA Journey accepts the 2016 KOA Franchisee of the Year Award, presented by KOA President Pat Hittmeier (L) and CEO Jim Rogers

The Olendorf Family from the Point South/Yemassee KOA Journey accepts the 2016 KOA Franchisee of the Year Award, presented by KOA President Pat Hittmeier (L) and CEO Jim Rogers

After 15 years at the helm of Kampgrounds of America Inc., Jim Rogers will be stepping down as KOA’s chairman and CEO.

KOA President Pat Hittmeier has been promoted to the role of president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.

“In Jim’s tenure, he has transitioned KOA into a dynamic and progressive company and built a foundation of customer service that has elevated KOA to a premier position in the camping marketplace,” said Oscar Tang, chairman of KOA’s parent company, KOAH Inc. “His ebullient personality and organizational strategy have built a corporate culture that will be to KOA’s benefit for many years.”

KOA CEO Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers

Rogers will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors of KOAH Inc. and will consult on special projects for KOA.

Hittmeier will also serve on the board of KOAH Inc.

Rogers also serves as a member of the KOA Care Camps Trust board of directors. The KOA Care Camps Trust raises funds to support more than 100 specialized summer camps throughout North America for children with cancer.

Rogers came to KOA in 2000 as the new president and CEO after a long career with Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. in Nevada. He rose to the rank of senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Reno. He had previously worked for KOA for two years in the early 1970s.

Hittmeier has had a 34-year career at KOA that has seen him in leadership roles in several key KOA departments. Early in his KOA career, he worked in KOA’s Company Owned Properties Division, and later was in the field, involved in the construction of several new KOA properties.

Pat Hittmeier talks to KOA franchisees at the 2015 convention.

Pat Hittmeier talks to KOA franchisees at the 2015 convention.

He’s also served as the leader of KOA’s Franchisee Services Department, a complex operation that provides education and support services to Kampgrounds of America’s 490 locations throughout North America.

Hittmeier was also the vice president of the KOA System Development Division. He was named chief operating officer of KOA Inc. in 2009 and was promoted to president in 2010.

KOA Holdings Inc. owner Oscar Tang addresses the gathering at KOA's 50th anniversary convention.

KOA Holdings Inc. owner Oscar Tang.

“Pat has done an outstanding job as KOA’s president, leading the company to achieve record financial and quality results for the past five years,” Tang said. “Pat’s many years of experience and success will ensure a seamless succession for KOA staff and its franchise system as he takes on his new position as chief executive at KOA.”