Few people in the world have more experience in the recreational vehicle business than Salem Hassan ‘03. Hassan started working in the family business, Suncoast RV, in 1988.
His father started the business, and Hassan learned the ropes through him, working at the company for more than 20 years before it sold. Four years later in 2014, Hassan decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and started Travelcamp RV, based in Jacksonville, the same city he grew up in and where his father ran Suncoast RV.
His years of experience in the business, coupled with his degree in marketing from Jacksonville University, gave him the confidence and knowledge he needed to forge his own path in the industry.
“JU provided a quality education in a positive environment that represented community, collaborative academia, and an overall sense of accomplishment,” he said. “Much of the drive I have today is rooted in my time at JU earning my degree.”
Today, Travelcamp RV is one of the largest RV retailers in the Southeast with nine locations in three states with more planned. He has plans to open three more Florida locations before the end of 2023, and is expanding into North Carolina this year. Travelcamp RV buys, sells, and services RVs. He also founded RVCarePros.com in 2021, a first-of-its-kind professional mobile RV service operation.
He employs nearly 400 people and wants to keep growing. His goal is to serve more RV customers just like himself. When he’s not buying and selling RVs, he’s often traveling in his own.
“Our goal is to expand the business to reach new markets across the U.S., to create more jobs, and build a team of staff that are building a great company,” he said.