It was 1967, the so-called “summer of love,” when Frank and Vi Bretz turned their love of camping into a small business in Missoula. Their idea was to create a new opportunity for local families and visitors to Montana to have great summer outings at affordable prices.
That first year business was conducted from a leased service station and focused on renting small travel trailers. Fifty years later, Bretz RV and Marine is the largest RV and boat dealer in the six-state region surrounding Montana, and company CEO Mark Bretz is the 2017 U.S. Small Business Administration Montana District Office small business person of the year.
Mark Bretz took over the family-owned business in 1982. He told RV Business Magazine in 1995 that as much as he enjoyed RV'ing, “I never thought I would be RV'ing for my livelihood. I was going to be a banker.”
He said his parents bought their first RV when he was six. “I grew up in the business," he said.
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