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    Director of Owners Interests, Heartland RVs
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    I'm back!

    Hello friends.

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, economic conditions in the RV industry have forced Heartland, among other changes, to make the difficult decision to temporarily let me go until further notice. Friday, April 3rd will be my last day at Heartland RVs.

    The Heartland Owners Club remains otherwise unchanged and Julie Hancock will remain as the club manager. The Heartland Owners Forum also remains unchanged. Our 3 volunteer moderators remain committed to you and to the forum.

    I want to give a HUGE heartfelt thank you to a few people...

    First, to Julie Hancock, Manager of the Heartland Owners Club - what an amazing person. You’ve been a joy to work with!

    David Yocum - David was the first person, along with myself to begin organizing Heartland product owners and hosting events for owners as early as 2005. Thank you David for your energy, your loyalty and your leadership over the years!

    Chapter Leaders - past and present. You are the backbone of the Heartland Owners Club. You are a huge reason for the success of the club. Thank you!

    Region Directors - past and present. Thank you for taking on some of the management workload of club operations, for being there for your Chapter Leaders and for hosting your own Region Rallies!

    Forum Moderators - past and present. You guys rock! Thank you for taking on some of the day-to-day forum operations workload. With your help and guidance and the content from you and thousands of owners, you’ve helped make the Heartland Owners Forum one of the best RV forums out there!

    Club Members, Customers and Forum Members - thank you for your confidence in Heartland, in myself and in my club and forum teams. I’ve met thousands of you since starting the forum in 2004 and the club in 2008. We’ve had some truly amazing times. Thank you for the memories - I will cherish them forever!

    I remain hopeful that I will be recalled back to work at Heartland RVs.

    So long “for now” friends.
    Last edited by jbeletti; 04-07-2020 at 08:51 PM.
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    Founding Texas-West Chapter Leaders TravelTiger's Avatar
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    Re: Itís been a great ride! So long "for now"

    So not cool, Heartland!!

    These are difficult and trying times. I hope they are able to get you back ASAP, Jim! You are the ďHeartĒ of the Owners Club.


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    Director of Owners Interests, Heartland RVs
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    Re: Itís been a great ride! So long "for now"

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    So not cool, Heartland!!

    These are difficult and trying times. I hope they are able to get you back ASAP, Jim! You are the ďHeartĒ of the Owners Club.
    No animosity from me towards Heartland. Tough times - tough decisions. Thank you for the kind words Erika - you and Tony have been a pleasure to work with and to know.
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    Re: Itís been a great ride!

    Jim,

    We're all very appreciative of your leadership and friendship, and hope things turn around quickly so that Heartland can bring you back.


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    Director of Owners Interests, Heartland RVs
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    Re: Itís been a great ride!

    Quote Originally Posted by danemayer View Post
    Jim,

    We're all very appreciative of your leadership and friendship, and hope things turn around quickly so that Heartland can bring you back.
    Thank you friend. It is the hope
    Jim Beletti


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    Re: Itís been a great ride!

    No Jim Beletti sounds like no Heartland Owners Club to me. I can't express my gratitude to you Jim for this great forum and the HOC. Without it, I would'nt have met all of the wonderful people over the years and purchased 3 HL rigs in as many years. The HOC is the most important selling factor as far as I'm concerned for all of HL's products. This makes me rethink my loyalty to owning a HL rig. We've all put up with quality issues on these rigs and some more than others but still promoted their products. Just appears to me that the reign of HL products is coming to an end with their new ownership and cost cutting. I've seen changes to floorplans that aren't for quality but to shave cost for profits. A good example is ruining the LM Oshkosh by removing all of the usable storage and woodwork to put a window and $50,00 chair in the BEDROOM>..
    Sorry, getting off track. Hate to hear it Jim and hope to see you again down the road. A lot of us will always meet up at gettogethers due to this great forum and club. Thanks for all you've done. I guess HL isn't getting any money from the government to keep their employees for the next three months.

    This will definitely open some doors for our coming upgrade. Later and have a great day.
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    Re: Itís been a great ride!

    So sorry Jim, our world has been set on it's ear. The good news is this country will survive it and things will someday get back to normal. I'm sure you'll be right back at setting up great times for all of us, Heartland will need you again!! Good luck and stay safe.
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    Re: Itís been a great ride!

    Good luck and we hope to see you in Texas soon. Your guidance and wisdom will be missed. Thanks for all of your help with your knowledge and advice the last few year and your support of all Heartland owners.
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    Re: Itís been a great ride!

    I know from personal experience how corporations cut their expenses and run; in 2007 my job went overseas - to the Honduras. Fortunately I was in a good place and was able to survive it.

    So while I've never met you (just as I've never met most of the folks who make this site what it is) I have come to trust your voice - and will miss it. If/ when these Corp. sacrifices filter down to where it directly effects those I have had face to face experiences with I will reconsider my future alliances. They're destroying my pride of ownership.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Re: Itís been a great ride!

    Jim,

    God bless you during this transition! I only met you once but you were very gracious and open about how things worked.

    this forum took me to higher and higher levels of knowledge and for that I thank you.

    just think maybe you can get out and travel some with your free time!

    if there is ever anything we all can do for you.....you just need to ask.
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