Company Team

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Andy Cates, Chief Executive Officer and General Partner

Andy Cates is the General Partner and CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations. Prior to founding RVC, was a founding partner in Viceroy Investments, LLC based in Dallas, Texas and Value Acquisition Fund, based in Memphis, TN.

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In 1999, Cates relocated to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, to develop the Soulsville Revitalization Project (soulsvillefoundation.org) as its Project Developer and to serve as its initial Board Chairman.  The $30 Million nonprofit, public/private project includes the Stax Museum of American Soul Music (staxmuseum.com), The Soulsville Charter School (soulsvillecharterschool.org), and The Stax Music Academy (www.staxmusicacademy.org).  The state of the art, six acre campus continues to serve as an anchor for what is now one of the largest inner city revitalization projects in the country.

In the summer of 2000, Cates began working with a team of business and civic leaders to attract the Vancouver Grizzlies National Basketball Association franchise to Memphis, Tennessee, and to get public support for the team’s arena (FedExForum).  The “Pursuit Team” was successful in its efforts, and Cates became a member of the original local ownership group.

Cates began his real estate career in Dallas, Texas, where he worked as an Analyst at Trammell Crow Company Capital Markets Group and later an Associate for Crow Investment Trust (now called Crow Family Holdings), the Trammell Crow Family’s ownership and asset management vehicle also based in Dallas.  At Crow, he was a member of a team responsible for partnership and loan workouts, office and industrial acquisitions, asset management, and commercial development.

A native Memphian, Cates earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) degree at the University of Texas at Austin and was inducted into the Order of Omega National Honor Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. In 2001, he was inducted into Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society. In 2009, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and re-elected to a second term in 2012. Pioneer was the best performing publicly traded energy company from 2009 – 2013. He also serves on the board of the Myelin Repair Foundation (myelinrepair.org), a leading medical research organization based in Saratoga, California. He and his wife Allison (former Audit Manager at Price Waterhouse) have very active twin children.

 
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Yale Spina, Chief Operating Officer

Yale oversees all operations for RVC Outdoor Destinations. He has been in the hospitality industry since retiring from full-time professional ski jumping in 1990 and has served in various hospitality roles for Harrah’s, Hilton, and Caesar’s, including Director of Hotel Operations for Caesar’s Tahoe.

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Yale was also responsible for Harrah’s Post Hurricane Katrina Relief Operations. Before joining RVC, he served as Vice President of Operations responsible for all Harrah’s hotel properties in Tunica. Yale owns an Airstream that he refurbished and named Sylvia.

 
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Gladys McGowan, Administration & Research

Gladys is the Office Manager and Research Analyst for RVC Outdoor Destinations. Gladys graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Business Administration. After working twenty years in telecommunications, Gladys managed an Executive Suites business before joining Value Acquisition Fund, a commercial real estate investment firm based in Memphis.

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Alex Embry, Vice President of Marketing

Alex leads the marketing department for RVC Outdoor Destinations. After graduating from the University of Memphis with a degree in Marketing Management, Alex became a member of the RVC Team. Alex oversees all aspects of advertising, marketing research, branding, marketing strategy and growth of the company’s online presence.

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He is an avid runner and also enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, and cave exploration.

 
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Matt Uselton, Vice President of Acquisitions

Matt leads the acquisition effort for RVC Outdoor Destinations. Upon graduating from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, he was an analyst for commercial real estate development with Loeb Properties and an Investment Banking Analyst intern in Public Finance at Morgan Keegan, now Raymond James. Before joining the RVC team, Matt was the Senior Analyst and Registered Appraisal Trainee for Valbridge Property Advisors, a national commercial real estate appraisal firm.

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Matt is active in all aspects of site selection, market analysis, asset management and purchase as well as development strategy for RVC Outdoor Destinations.

Outside of the commercial real estate world, Matt is a professional musician with a 10-year career as a live and studio guitarist along with years of teaching, song-writing and studio production.

 

Jacob Cudnohoski, General Manager of Yosemite RV Resort

Jacob Cudnohoski has always had an interest in the great outdoors. He is fortunate to have spent much of his childhood growing up living in the mountains and at the beach. He lived in Big Bear Lake California while obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Cal State San Bernardino.

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He then relocated to Destin, Florida where he started his career in Property Management. After starting his career managing properties on the beach he found his way to RVC Outdoors at Live Oak Landing and then made his way back to California as the General Manager of Yosemite RV Resort. In his free time he enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping.

 

Nancy Beck, General Manager of Catherine’s Landing

A native of Kenosha, WI, Nancy Beck began her working career in the US Army where she spent 13 years principally as a Captain in the Finance Corps. It was in the Army where she developed her desire to travel living in Germany and 4 Eastern states. She returned to Wisconsin and spent 10 years as manager of operations for a retail garden center and next a commercial food equipment manufacturer. Her last position in manufacturing was a Manager in the service department for Provisur Technologies.

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The love of working outside has always been a passion so as retirement started coming closer into view she started looking at the RVing world as a fulltime possibility. Nancy moved to St. Louis and managed a 9 hole golf course for a year while preparing to go full time rving. Her first position as a full time rver was Assistant General Manager of Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground in Chattanooga. Nancy enjoys hiking, biking, sitting outside and chatting with fellow rvers, and visiting nature preserves and historic sites.

 

Samantha Kozak, General Manager of Lake Raystown Resort

Samantha Patt Kozak is Co-Owner/Operator of Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge & Conference Center in Entriken, Pennsylvania. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehigh University and received her MBA in Operations Management from Drexel University. Samantha and her brother, Josh, have been the primary operators of Lake Raystown Resort full-time since 2000 – successfully overseeing more than $10 million in expansions and upgrades.

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Samantha is a 2005 graduate of The National School of RV Park & Campground Management and has served as both an Instructor and on the Board of Regents for the school since 2006. She has served on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of Club Social Activities for the Huntingdon County Rotary Club, the Board of Directors and a Member of the Industrial Development Committee of Huntingdon County Business & Industry, is a Member of Pennsylvania Campground Owner’s Association, and has been a a member of ARVC 20 Group 2 since 2004.

 

Kathy Stenson,

I was born in Antioch, California. Our family moved to Spokane, Washington when I was a small child. I grew up camping at Sacheen Lake every summer, where I went boating, skiing, hiking, and swimming. As I grew older I did a lot of river rafting down the Spokane River from the state line of Idaho. Winters were full of snowmen, sledding, and ice skating. As I got older, snowmobiling.

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I married my best friend and once he joined the Navy we moved to Whidbey Island, Washington where our daughter was born. From there we moved to Ridgecrest California, Atsugi, Japan, Lemoore, California as well as the island of Oahu in Hawaii. After my husband retired from the Navy we had a house built in Lake City, Florida to be close to our family.

In 2012 we moved to Freeport, Florida. That same year our daughter married and moved to Tallahassee, Florida where she resides with her husband, William and my 2 small grand children (a boy and a girl). I love my family – they’re my happy place. Being blessed with 2 grandchildren now, there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending time with them. I love reading books with my granddaughter Tristyn, as well as playing ball, swimming, coloring, watching cartoons together. We also pretend we are in a band – we play our instruments and sing together all the time. Tristyn usually enjoys playing the drums or piano. I can hardly wait until my grandson, Liam is older and he can join the band.

In January of 2014, I began working at Live Oak Landing. It has been awesome learning about all things RV. I never knew there were so many different types of RVs. I really enjoy meeting people from all over the United States and even other countries. These past 4 years have gone by so quickly and I absolutely love working for RVC Outdoor Destinations at Live Oak Landing. I can’t wait to see what the next four years and the future hold.

 

Craig Newton, General Manager of Medina Highpoint Resort

Born in El Paso, Texas.  Raised in Thomasville, GA and Ingram, TX. Went to Georgia Southern University.  Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Worked as a Director in the Hospitality Industry including Four Seasons Resorts (Lanai, HI – Las Vegas – Vail, CO), Wynn Las Vegas, MGM Mirage Resorts.

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Lived in Las Vegas, Boston, Vail, Denver and Hawaii. Married with two older sons and one daughter. Loves to play golf, off-roading, scuba dive. Die hard fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Antonio Spurs, Florida State Seminoles and Boston Red Sox. Chose RVC because it was time to come home to family and wanted to be involved in building a company and brand.

 

Scott McConnaughey, General Manager Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Scott McConnaughey, after years in various management positions in academic, business, property management, and hospitality venues, began RV living as a full-time resident in the GOG RV Resort two years ago. His management background and love for the outdoors, which began as a teen on California beaches and while camping in the mountains with his father and brothers, found a perfect match in the place he and his wife already chosen to call home.

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