Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) recently hired one of the top camping industry executives in the U.S. to head its KOA Franchisee Services Department.
Louise Everett, most recently a regional manager for Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), will join KOA’s home office staff in Billings, Mont., early next month, according to a news release. As KOA’s new vice president of franchisee services, Everett will be responsible for industry-leading services geared to supporting the day-to-day operations of 440 franchised KOA campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Everett, a native of Scotland, has extensive experience in the camping industry. She began her career in 1989 with the Bourne Leisure Group, the preeminent campground company in the United Kingdom. She also managed a 400-site park in Florida prior to joining ELS in 2002 as a resort manager, then general manager and – most recently – as a regional manager overseeing 12 ELS properties totaling nearly 5,600 sites.
“This is one of the most vital positions here at KOA, and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to add someone of this caliber to our staff,” said Shane Ott, KOA president and COO.
“People with the depth of campground management experience that Louise possesses are extremely rare. She understands the daily pressures operators face, and I’m confident that she will be in tune with our campground owners’ needs.”
Said Everett, “I’m coming to KOA because the leaders of this company have such a great vision for what the future holds for the camping industry. KOA is way ahead of the curve.”
Everett replaces Carol Preble, who first came to KOA after 11 years as a KOA franchisee at Buckeye Lake, Ohio. Preble left KOA this summer to join her husband, Walter, at their new KOA campground in Rusk, Texas.