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.

 
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Kate King, General Manager of Mountain Springs Cabins

Kate King came to Asheville, NC, in 1996 by way of Nashville, TN. She left behind a past in library science & interior design to learn the hospitality business working for her family at their cabin retreat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The retreat is located on land that has belonged to the women of her family since before the Civil War.

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In 1983, the family dairy farm was transformed into a cabin retreat. After a year of learning how to become a property manager, she became the general manager in 1997. Later, she purchased the business and continued to manage the property for the next 5 years. In May 2010, Kate chose to sell Mountain Springs to RVC and become a member of the team.

She is involved with the community through her relationship with the local Chamber of Commerce, her work with the Zoning & Planning Committee, and her associations with several environmental groups. For Kate, this is a way to help preserve and protect her mountain community.

 
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Jeff Love, General Manager of Catherine's Landing

Jeff Love was born and raised in San Diego, CA and has a wife and 5 boys. He served in the United States Navy for 5 years as a weapons technician and comes to us from Best Buy after 10 years of service. He has extensive experience in management ranging from Account management to retail management. He enjoys camping, all water sport activities, football and spending quality time with family and friends.

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“I have been waiting for the right time to make a career change but I couldn’t, until now, find the right company…It feels like home, I’m very excited to be part of this team!”

 
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Amanda Huckaby, General Manager of Pine Mountain

Amanda Huckaby has been involved in the camping industry for many years. She started out as a little girl in Iowa taking weekend camping trips and making many memories each trip she took. After living 24 years in her home state of Iowa, she moved to Georgia to pursue newer adventures in her personal life and career. Amanda has worked at Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park and started her camping career with them.

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First working the Trading Post Camp Store and Amanda then transitioned into payroll, inventory and other office duties. She started with Pine Mountain RV Resort in 2012 as a housekeeper, moved into a front desk position, then Assistant General Manager, and has now reached her goal as General Manager. Amanda is a wife and mother of 2 children, whom she holds dear to her heart. They have given her much support in her drive to move up and bring forth more adventures and memories for the family.

 

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.