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Pat Hittmeier Reflects On 38 Years With KOA

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closing things down. That firm had used the services of KOA's subsidiary advertising agency, West Advertising. "I heard about KOA from West Ad, and that led to an interview with Dan Racine (who then operated KOA Company Owned Properties), as well as KOA President Don Ryan and CEO Art Peterson," Hittmeier remembers. "Dan and I hit it off, and I got hired as his assistant." Pat isn't sure just what they saw in a young guy from Illinois with a degree in forestry. "I had previously been the athletic director for the city of Waco, Texas," he said. "That sounds a lot better than it was. I basically r an their softball and basketball leagues. Maybe the guys at KOA thought I knew something about outdoor recreation." The young, still - single Hittmeier figured KOA would be a good place to work for a little while. "Again, I was in the right place at the righ t time, and it just worked out," he said. "I certainly had no thoughts about the kind of career it was going to end up being." He describes Kampgrounds of America in 1981 as a typical corporate office of the time, filled with white shirts and ties, and cig arette packs jammed into nearly every pocket.

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