Steve Badldelli, CEO: Steve started Travel Resorts in 1986 at the age of 27 after a call from his friend Jim who had found some beautiful property in Pinehurst, North Carolina after a round of golf. Steve flew down from Minnesota to come see the land and when he got there, there were 12 unfinished RV sites, a lodge, and a hole in the ground that was supposed to be a pool. He fell in love. Steve and his partner had no idea how to run a campground, but he knew he wanted to focus on three things: Taking people out of their normal element,vmake it close enough to home but far enough away, and make it affordable so all families could enjoy the campgrounds together multiple times a year.
35 years later and now as sole owner, Steve has built Travel Resorts into 11 premier RV campgrounds from Florida to New York and now just recently has started venturing into the Midwest!
As a father of 3, an avid wine connoisseur, foodie and lover of travel, Steve lives a busy adventurous life, but his heart is in providing the best camping memories to his members. You can find him at any of the resorts throughout the year, interacting with members, planting fun ideas in the activities directors’ heads and always thinking about how to enhance the member experience. Because of Steve and his vision, Travel Resorts really is the definition of the Pursuit of Happiness.
Gerhard Renner, CSO: Gerhard is the Company’s Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing all strategic initiatives, including finance, funding, accounting & legal functions for the Company. He is originally from Austria and spent most of his childhood growing up overseas in places like Australia, Cuba, and Romania
before settling in Los Angeles. He is a FINRA registered representative, member of the California Bar, and holds a JD/MBA from the University of Southern California & a BA in Economics & Rhetoric from UC Berkeley.
Gerhard met his wonderful wife of 25 years while bartending as an undergraduate at Berkeley; they get along most of the time except when Cal plays USC, her alma mater.They moved from Los Angeles to Pinehurst to raise their two daughters Sophia and Charlotte and to be closer to family. Working at TRA has only augmented this experience. In his spare time, he’s out on the tennis court, hiking/camping in the Blue Ridge mountains, spending time with family, traveling or enjoying time with friends.
Grant Miller, COO: Grant is an accomplished hospitality industry executive with over 30 years of experience, and the Chief Operating Officer of TRA. He oversees Human Resources, Legal and Member Services. Prior joining TRA, Grant was Vice-President of Fidelity National Timeshare, Inc., a leading title insurance provider in the timeshare industry. Over his career, he has held progressively senior management roles with Affinity Group, Inc., providing marketing services (including affinity clubs, media outlets or event promotion) to outdoor enthusiasts.Grant holds a bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television & business administration from Butler University and was past President of Coast to Coast and Good Sam.
Grant is a golf enthusiast and traveled to all 50 states before turning 40. He grew up in Indiana (Go Hoosiers)and spent a lot of his time camping. He didn’t stay in his first hotel until he was 18 years old!
Grant is a proud father of twins, Cole and Grace who attend Butler and Baylor University. He has lived in Denver for the past 20 years before moving to Southern Pines, NC this past year.
Robert Bouse, Director Resort Operations: Mr. Bouse is Travel resorts Director of Resort Operations and responsible for all aspects of campground operations. Prior to joining Travel Resorts in 2009, Mr. Bouse served as Regional Vice President of Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA), responsible for identifying/integrating acquisition targets. Robert brings with him decades of experience in managing resort operations teams and is TRA’s key leader for managing the on-premises teams for each of TRA’s resorts. Robert is a one of a kind guru with respect to leadership and a sought after speaker in the RV resort industry.
Can you find Robert at the resorts always with a friendly smile and a strong hand shake.
James Danz, EVP: Jimmy is TRA’s Executive Vice President leading the Company’s marketing, telemarketing, and sales efforts. Born in Bronxville, New York, he grew up in North Miami & Key West Florida. He was awarded a full scholarship to USIU, a private university situated in San Diego, where he studied fine arts and international business. James has a passion for international travel, coupled with global business opportunities, and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, India and, most recently, Hawaii. While in Hawaii, he was VP Sales & Marketing at Wyndham Worldwide, leading an inspired turnaround for the Hawaiian region, taking the region from last to first in three
He met his wife Denese and her loving family of three children Marty, Morgan & Madison while residing in Scottsdale, Arizona. James Jr. was born in 2006 and it was the most amazing thing he has ever been blessed to experience. James loves adventure, cultural experiences, stage and comedy and his beloved Miami Dolphins. Jimmy joined TRA in 2019. He lives by the life and business philosophy “Go Until”
Senior VP of Sales
Sean Harrison, Senior VP Sales: Sean is TRA’s VP of Sales and a third-generation sales and marketing leader. Over the last 28 years, Sean has led industry record breaking sales and marketing results in progressively senior roles as Director, Regional Vice President and Executive Vice President with brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.
Sean has been referred to as a true "cultural architect" by CEO's due the massive positive change that has been facilitated as a direct result of the high integrity sales and marketing processes. Sean holds a Masters of Teaching from the University of Southern CaliforniaSean hails from Honolulu HI, and has been married the girl of his dreams, Shannon for 30 years. He has two daughters, Summer 26, a digital media giant, who he just married off in 2021, and Sophie, 21, currently a culinary student and organic farmer in Napa, Ca.
Sean and his wife Shannon are AVID RV’rs and have spent months at a time on the road traveling, cooking and adventuring their way around the US. Sean loves to have jam session on his guitar and has traveled extensively to many countries including, Norway, England, Germany, Belize, Japan, Greece and South Korea.
Sean graduated from Berklee college of Music in 2012 in guitar and production and fronts the Traditional Chicago Blues Band called the Trailer Park Romeos. Catch them this year at the Pinehurst BBQ festival in Sept. You can find him around the resorts hanging with members, having jam sessions, riding his bike and enjoying all things nature. If you see him around make sure to say hi!
Member Services Manager
Cassandra Rodgers is the Member Services Manager leading the Company’s member engagement department. She is an experienced customer service manager with 18 years of managing teams of customer service professionals in a busy call center experience. She has excellent verbal communication, empathy and conflict management skills creating positive outcomes for customers and staff. Cassandra has an associate degree in Office Administration and is currently a student at the University of Southern New Hampshire, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Operations Management with a focus in Project Management.
Cassandra is the zookeeper for 6 very busy and loving children Amiyah, Alfred, Braxton, Sophie, Kaitlyn, and Peyton. Being a great mother is her biggest priority and accomplishment. She spends all her free time as close to the water as she can get or shopping. She is passionate about learning more and adding her expertise in her current role at TRA. Her motto is, “With strength and determination anything is possible”.
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