SEFFNER, Fla., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lazy Days RV Center Inc. ("Lazydays") today announced that effective October 12, 2012, Randall R. (Randy) Lay, currently Chief Financial Officer, will assume the additional role of interim Chief Executive Officer, succeeding John Horton, as the Board conducts a search for a permanent CEO assisted by a national executive search firm.
Mr. Horton commented, "This is the right time for me to step down and for the company to move forward with this transition. I am confident in Lazydays' position and ability to deliver outstanding performance. We have a talented and knowledgeable management team in place to build on our success, dedicated employees who are passionate about serving their customers, and a loyal and growing customer base that will always consider Lazydays their RV home."
William P. Murnane, Lazydays Chairman, said, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I'd like to thank John for his numerous contributions and service to the Lazydays family over the past 11 years. His hard work and dedication are truly appreciated by us all, and we wish him success in his future endeavors. We are confident that Randy and the Lazydays team are well equipped to continue executing our operating and strategic plans during this period."
Mr. Lay commented, "This an exciting time for Lazydays as we further strengthen our relationships with our thousands of loyal customers. Under John's leadership, Lazydays has expanded to the western U.S., established a strong financial foundation and transformed our operations to improve performance and our customers' experience. Today Lazydays is well positioned for growth and continued success. I look forward to working with my colleagues to maintain Lazydays' positive momentum with a strategy that is resonating in the marketplace. Our goal is to further enhance long-term value for our customers and their families, our employees and our communities. Together, we will uphold Lazydays' promise to strive to provide our customers with the perfect RV purchase and ownership experience."
Mr. Lay has been Chief Financial Officer of Lazy Days RV Center Inc. since September 2007. He led the successful financial restructuring of the Company and brings significant operational expertise and leadership skills to his new role. In addition to his financial responsibilities, he is responsible for managing Lazydays' retail Finance and Insurance operations, Human Resources, and Purchasing functions. He has held senior level operating and financial positions throughout his 30 year career, serving as the President and CEO of telecommunications services provider Universal Access Global Holdings, as well as senior positions with International Specialty Products, United Technologies, and the Xerox Corporation. Mr. Lay is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University, where he received his undergraduate degree and MBA.
Lazydays®, founded in 1976, is the largest destination RV site in North America. Based on 126 acres outside Tampa, FL since 1996, and recently expanded to Tucson, AZ, its Tampa site features 220 service bays, 300 RV campsites and more than 700 new and preowned RVs. Lazydays has built its reputation on providing an outstanding customer experience with exceptional service and product expertise, and as a place to rest and recharge with other RVers. More than a quarter million RVers and their families visit Lazydays every year, making it "their home away from home." Lazydays has been recognized as one of Tampa Bay's "Top Work Places." The Lazydays Employee Foundation, supported by payroll contributions from over 75% of Lazydays' employees, customer donations and an annual golf event supported by business partners, is actively involved in local charities and community organizations dedicated to improving the lives of abandoned, abused and neglected children and young adults. For most people, Lazydays isn't just the beginning of their journey; it's very much a part of their ride. To learn more, visit www.Lazydays.com or www.betterRVing.com.
SOURCE Lazy Days RV Center Inc.