ELKHART, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI), a leading supplier of RV components, announced today that after entering a six-year distribution agreement with Furrion® in July 2015 and acquiring the marine furniture business of Signature Seating in August 2015, LCI has organized a team dedicated specifically to the sale of furniture, electronics and other products to boat manufacturers and the marine aftermarket. LCI has hired Michele J. Goldsmith to lead that team and entered a national sales representation agreement for the marine aftermarket with Derema Group, a marine industry-focused national manufacturer’s representative firm.
“We are bringing the same passion and commitment we have for the RV market into the marine industry with dedicated sales, operations and technical support,” said LCI Director of Aftermarket Sales Rick Worstell. “Michele is a longtime leader in the marine industry and will help us build a strong and experienced team that combines veteran Lippert Interiors and Electronics professionals and marine aftermarket representation from the Derema Group.”
With more than 20 years in the marine industry, Goldsmith has held positions as a Manufacturing Operations Manager, National Sales Manager and Global Marketing Director for prominent marine components brands. A leader in the industry who believes in giving back, the former National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
Accessory Manufacturer Division Chairwoman also sits on the NMMA Board of Directors, Grow Boating Initiative Board of Directors and American Boat & Yacht Council Technical Board of Directors. Goldsmith will work closely with the LCI Marketing and Aftermarket teams to develop sales and marketing support programs for OEM and aftermarket customers, as well as oversee Derema Group national sales representatives.
Derema Group President Chris Derecat said the agreement is a perfect fit since his company already knows the marine aftermarket and the products. “Derema Group is thrilled to be associated with Lippert Components. Lippert is the leading supplier in the RV industry because of their passion for innovation, customer service and aggressive growth strategies,” said Chris Derecat. “We believe that this intentional approach to growth will translate nicely to the marine aftermarket and we are excited to be a part of this great momentum.”
Derema Group will represent LCI furniture and Furrion electronics to the marine aftermarket in the continental United States under the direction of Goldsmith starting at the 2015 International Boatbuilders Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) September 15-17. Manufacturers can meet with LCI’s marine sales team regarding furniture at booth 1916 and Furrion electronics at booth 2708.
From over 65 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout the United States and in Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom, Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), a subsidiary of LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII), supplies a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers of the leisure and mobile transportation industries, consisting of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. LCI also supplies components to the related aftermarkets of these industries, primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. LCI’s products include steel chassis and chassis components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; furniture and mattresses; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; backup cameras; appliances; and other accessories. Additional information about Lippert Components and its products can be found at LippertComponents.com.
Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514
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