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Thomas R. (Tim) McGuire

At the age of 21 Thomas R. "Tim" McGuire purchased Coast Fabrication, a small metal fabrication job shop in San Jose, California, in 1964. In 1968 he started manufacturing RV and MH accessory products and put sales teams on the road serving dealers on the west coast. Then he added other manufacturer's products and that was the birth of The Coast Distribution System, Inc. (Coast) He had one warehouse in San Jose, but he wanted to serve dealers in other parts of the country. That wasn't too successful until he had the opportunity to purchase Coachmen RV's Coach-Lite distribution company. Later, he acquired many other regional distributors until he built a national network with 19 warehouses across the country and Canada, becoming the first national RV distribution company. Tim served as chairman of the board until 2014, when he sold his stock in the company and retired..