Small business award finalist is family run on behalf of families
By Kyle Morey | 2.4.14
Brenda and Ron Kinsey, Owners of Modern Trailer Sales, Inc. | Photo by Dale Pickett Photography
Christy Kirk remembers as a kid the numerous camping trips her family would take and the joy they created.
“We did that my whole childhood,” Kirk said.
Recreational vehicles or “RVs” as they are commonly known, have taken her on some special journeys. So, too, has the recreational vehicle industry.
Kirk now helps her father continue what has become a third-generation labor of love – Modern Trailer Sales of Anderson. The family venture, which dates back to 1951, is one of three finalists for the Madison County Chamber “Small Business of the Year” award.
Located at the corner of 53rd Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, the business is run by a family on behalf of families.
“Anybody can talk anyone into buying something,” Kirk said. “We want to provide good service after the sale. We strive to provide people with a fun, family environment after the sale.” Kirk and her sister are carrying on a family tradition that began when their grandfather, Charles Kinsey, wanted to buy a travel trailer of his own. His search and the difficulty behind it led Kinsey to start his own business.
“At that time, there weren’t any dealerships,” Kirk explained. “You had to buy from the manufacturer and you had to purchase multiple units. In the beginning, he bought three and sold the other two.” And Modern Trailer sales was born.
While the economy has not been kind to the RV industry, Kirk said her dad’s smart business sense has helped Modern Trailer Sales weather the storm.
“He knew when to pull back the reins,” Christy said of her father.
The real keys to Modern Trailer Sales’ success are not found in the ignition, but rather the business service department, where a team of employees that is also a “family” works hard to keep the customer’s adventures on the highway instead of the garage.
“Our service guys do such a good job,” Kirk said, emphasizing many have been here between more than a decade, some as long as 20 and 30 years.
It’s not just Kirk’s opinion. Modern Trailer Sales is Indiana’s “chosen dealer” for a Warranty Forever program that offers guarantees on parts and labor for 10 key components of the vehicle. Kirk said the family is proud of the fact that they’ve never had to let any employee go or lay anyone off, in spite of the challenging economy.
While their business enables customers to travel in style all over the country, Modern Trailer Sales strives to remember there is no place like home. The business is an avid supporter of Little League, softball teams and youth football, just to name a few. It has also been a major contributor to “The Secret Families Charity,” a program that helps provide Christmas trees and gifts for those in need during the holidays.
The future for Modern Trailer Sales is as exciting as a family road trip, according to Kirk, who said the business is adding another service building and expanding the sales lot. “We have a great location,” Kirk said. “We’re from here. This is the same property my dad grew up on. We’re very happy where we’re at.”
And where they will continue helping families go in the future.
3 finalists. 1 winner. Who will add their name to the Wall of Fame? The Small Business of the Year award honors a Madison County-owned and MCC member company that has been in business five or more years and has fewer than 100 employees. The company must demonstrate the following characteristics to be nominated and must excel above others to win: demonstrate visible growth and achievements, adhere to the company's brand promise, and invest in the community both through business and community support. > View past award winners
It's a night of celebration. It's a night of toasting. It's a night of standing ovations and surprises. Over 300 business, civic, and community leaders (and family) join in honoring greatness among us. Winners of this award, as well as the Emerging Business of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year, will be announced at the MCC 2014 Annual Awards Gala held on March 6, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm at the Madison Park Church of God.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Amy at 765-642-0264.
The 2014 Gala is sponsored in part by Community Hospital Anderson.
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