2010: Panther RV Products LLC started with an idea from Richard Sweet and his son Ethan. Rich has over 30 years of experience in management and had been operating an RV repair shop in Vancouver, Washington for several years at this point. When Ethan graduated and joined the company, he and Rich decided to start an online company for RV parts. So Ethan set up his computer and started selling products that were available from Richard's RV operation. Shortly after they broke ground Jacob, Ethan's brother, joined the operation. Ethan and Jake operated this small online business while their dad Rich operated the RV repair shop out of the same location. During this time, Rich taught Ethan and Jake different aspects of the RV industry and these teachings influenced growth in the online store.
2015: In late 2015, Rich decided to sell his operation to his top technician and give his undivided attention to Panther RV Products. With big aspirations and an unrivaled determination, Rich began exploring ways to expand. The first of many big decisions was to move the operation to the industrial area of their hometown located in Washougal, Washington. Upon moving in they were excited to see that 54'40' Brewery Company opened their new business right next door giving them easy access to a cold drink, after a hard day's work of course ;)
2016: The next big decision came when the three decided to elevate their online presence. This meant they were going to completely revamp the website to be compatible for mobile use. In turn, their sales rapidly increased which provided more opportunities for further growth and expansion.
2017: With great growth comes great responsibility. So Rich, Ethan and Jake began the search for an All-Star Team. Similar to the Avengers, (the difference being that we would be saving people from high prices) overtime the Panther Team grew right along with the business. We invite you to get to know our current staff below. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this and browse our website!
Richard: Born in California, he enjoys fixing things that aren't broken and fishing. During work hours, he oversees everyone's work and comes up with new ways to make our lives harder. Rich served his time in the military while raising two kids with his wife. Later he built custom homes for a living and eventually gave that up to start a new business.
Ethan: Born in the greatest small town called Washougal, Washington he enjoys diving head first into new hobbies and never completing any projects. Ethan graduated from high school while flipping burgers at the local Jack in the Box. After graduation he went into business with his father and started chasing the American dream.
Jake: Born in Washougal as well, after graduation he served in Afghanistan defending the nation from Camel Spiders. After returning, Jake married his high school sweetheart and went to work for the family business.
Tonette: Born in Idaho, where she met and married Rich, she enjoys exploring the Northwest part time. She is currently working at Panther RV Products full time while patiently waiting for Rich to retire, so they both can explore the Northwest full time.
Steve: Born in Ashtabula, OH, he's traveled the all over the United States and has chosen to settle down in Washougal. Retired from one job, he currently works with us to help pay for his Dooms Day preparations while taking notes from "The Walking Dead". Steve moved his family the Northwest from Las Vegas, where his wife and son live a comfortable life.
Shane: Born in New Plymouth, ID, he has always called the Northwest home. Cycling instead of blasting carbon into our clean air, he embraces nature and everything it has to offer.
Sam: Born in Chicago, IL, he is now surrounded by carnivores in the work place. You see, Sam has chosen to save the cows and convert to veganism. He believes this diet choice gives him more energy to find holes in our numbers.
Jeff: Born in Inglewood, CA, he aspires to teach troubled children how to survive in this world. You can find him spending work hours teaching customers how to navigate our confusing website.
Brooke: Born in Vancouver, WA, she earned her Bachelors Degree so she can handle Panther RV Products' Marketing. This allows her to spend her work days on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram like a true millennial.
John: Born in Inglewood, CA, he worked his way up through a big corporation and began managing a large logistics department. After we stole him away from the corporate machine, he was underwhelmed by our meager operations.
Thank you for reading bios on our team. We are still growing at a rapid rate so be on the lookout for more bios! Please keep in mind these bios are meant to be humorous, as a group we are all determined and passionate about serving our loyal customers.