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Donya Carlson
Managing Editor Publisher-GSE

March 29, 2023

Start Date

January 14, 2013

Position(s) held at CWH

Features Editor, RV Magazine; Managing Editor, Trailer Life; Managing Editor, Rider, American Rider, Touring Rider, Cruising Rider; Editorial Assistant, Rider (all were publications).

My original start date was in 1982, left in 2012 for almost a year, and then came back in 2013. I started with Good Sam.

What brand(s) do you work for? Check all that apply. Camping World, Good Sam What is your favorite thing about your job and why?My favorite things about my job are that I get to work with a dedicated and knowledgeable group of people who I also have fun with and count as friends, plus I have a supervisor I admire. I'm lucky to have a career that I truly enjoy and that incorporates my skills, interests, hobbies, and lifestyle.What made you interested in working in the outdoor recreation industry?I absolutely love the outdoors and enjoy being in nature, so I’m fortunate to work for a company that represents those things.How has Camping World Holdings helped you succeed as a woman in the workplace? How is this different than other companies you have worked at?I can’t compare it to other companies since the majority of my career has been with Camping World, but the company as a whole encourages and supports women to take the lead. I’ve had several women as supervisors and they've been wonderful role models who have been supportive, open to feedback, and complimentary. I especially like the “open-door policy” my current supervisor (a woman) has established for asking any questions and keeping our team informed.What advice would you offer other women who are interested in a career at a Camping World Holdings brand?Follow your passion and dreams, develop your skills, and be open to feedback.What destination do you hope to visit one day?This would be more of “destinations,” rather than a “destination.” I’d like to visit every US state on a grand trip around the US with no particular time frame. Ideally, this would be in an RV, and I’d be able to hop on a motorcycle and ride some of my dream twisty roads when I find them, hike in a whole bunch of places, camp on beaches, savor the scenery of Mother Nature, and spend time with family and friends. And then repeat!