Happy Thanksgiving, Campspotters! During this holiday focused on gratitude, we wanted to share what we’re most thankful for.
We are thankful for our partners and clients, the campgrounds and resorts across North America who chose to work with us. We’re aware of the heart and sweat that goes into building and maintaining their businesses, and words cannot convey the gratitude we feel for them to entrust their business with us and be a part of the Campspot community.
We are thankful for our campers, aka Campspotters, who book their experiences with us. We understand the value placed on these trips, the lifelong memories with family, friends, and loved ones that come from these unforgettable experiences and the money and effort that goes into it all. We thank you for allowing us to be part of that process and want you to know that we don’t take that responsibility lightly.
We are thankful for our Campspot team. This hardworking group of individuals dedicates themselves to providing our partners and campers with the best managing and booking experiences and have their eyes set on constant improvement and growth. This team doesn’t settle, and we’re so thankful to have such a committed group.
Wanting to give you a glimpse behind the curtains, we’ve rounded up a handful of responses from the Campspot team of what they are thankful for this season.
Caleb Hartung – Chief Executive Officer
I’m thankful for a team that didn’t skip a beat during the current public health crisis. They were well-prepared for the challenges of working remotely. On top of that, our industry saw tremendous growth and the team was able to adapt quickly to the challenges that were presented. I’m thankful for the team that helped pivot and build out features that made camping even safer than it already is, such as remote check-in and building tools like Campspot’s OTA, allowing people to find a safe vacation spot.
On a personal note, I’m thankful for the continued health of my daughter Scarlett. It’s been a scary season and yet she’s been protected.
Josh Traxler – Chief Operating Officer
I’m thankful for the relative calm and peace afforded by my professional life when 2020 has been anything but. As it turns out, loving where you work, and the people you work with is a powerful source of strength when facing a pandemic. It’s not easy, but easier. Also, I moved out of my condo! No more HOA budget meetings! The picture is from last year’s 2019 holiday season.
Anne-Marie Byl – Digital Marketing Manager
The outdoors being an unwavering source of joy and adventure even during a pandemic.
Thomas Hildesheim – Software Developer
The amount of time I have to spend with close friends and family.
Jake Lauer – Software Developer
I’m thankful she said yes!
Kailene Robinson – Director of People
I’m thankful to have a sweet, four-legged, quarantine buddy. During a tough year, this little nugget has brought warmth, silliness, and snuggles to my home.
Tessa Wiles – Chief Marketing Officer
Family near and far.
Alaina Ylitalo – UI/UX Designer
My little happy family – my partner Nicholas and our 2 cat friends Mama and Baby! We’re far away from the East Coast for the holidays this year so I’m glad we still like each other after being stuck inside together all this time 😉
Casey Peters – Development Team Lead
I’m thankful for my wife, my two wonderful dogs, and a very uneventful COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. I’m hopeful it will stay uneventful throughout the holiday season. I can not wait for this upcoming snowboarding season. I need to get back to those mountains!
Haley Dalian – Marketing Manager
I’m thankful for opportunities to scuba dive the Great Lakes with my Dad.
Jeo D – Software Developer
I’m thankful to be a part of the Platform team.
Rachel Garant – Marketing Specialist
Thankful for starting my new job at Campspot – encouraging me to get outdoors, explore new places, and help others do the same!
Zach Wolters – QA Specialist
Our house, my wife, and her dog. Since we are both working from home now the 2 room apartment we were in before would NOT have worked. My wife keeps me happy, and her dog keeps her happy!
Kendra Clapp Olguín – Content Creator
Our beloved cat Noel expectedly passed this year. While still painful, I am thankful for the time we had with her and the memories we made from all of our adventures.
Chris Horton – Quality Assurance Specialist
I’m thankful that 2020 is almost complete and looking forward to things being better for all in 2021. Thankful that our leadership took the option early in 2020 to keep everyone at Campspot as safe and healthy as possible. I’m also thankful for how the development team has continued to produce a great product and how our business teams have continued to serve our customers at a high level despite all the challenges 2020 through our way. On a personal note, I’m thankful for my wonderful spouse, my two children, our dog Ellie and our extended family that have managed to stay healthy and somewhat happy given the events of 2020.
Chanse Horton – Software Developer
Who needs family when you have dogs?
Andrew Gentry – Software Developer
This year I am grateful for my cactus. He has somehow kept living despite irregular and sometimes non-existent watering schedules. His perseverance is unwavering and always inspires me to do my best to survive and thrive through a year that’s been tougher than most.
Natalie Montoya – Software Developer
I’m thankful for being able to work from home and spend lots of time with my pets this year.
Abby Simons-Scalise – Customer Support Representative
I’m thankful for my family & friends, but especially for our grouchy dog Loretta, two very wonderful cats Tuna & Louie, and my best friend Brandon who has been incredibly supportive through this difficult year.
Chris Nelson – Software Developer
Well, I will steer clear of politics for this question, and go with an answer that is perhaps a bit more mundane, but true nevertheless. I am ever and eternally grateful for my partner, Danielle (age redacted), and our two lovely children, Emrys (age 6) and Juni (age 1)!
Alex Krogel – Software Developer
I am thankful for the health of my family, friends, co-workers, and myself. I am thankful for all the support I’ve been offered in this tumultuous year. I’m thankful for camping and being able to soak up the sun and the fresh mountain air. I’m thankful for the understanding and support from Campspot’s leadership and our resolve to not let working remotely mean growing apart as a team.
Mark Mihalik – Creative Manager
While so many industries — particularly tourism — have struggled with the pandemic this year, I feel incredibly fortunate to work for Campspot. We haven’t skipped a beat while working remotely, and our already awesome team has actually grown considerably over the course of this year. And it’s great to be a part of a company that not only values the outdoors but actively encourages us to go out and enjoy it. (I’m also thankful to share my home office space with Stanley, my favorite four-legged camping friend.)
Alison Stodola – Customer Support Representative
Food! And the opportunities to cook it and enjoy it with friends.
Meghan Fitzgerald – Account Manager
This season I’m thankful that I was able to transition to working from home, which allowed me to visit home more often and spend time with my family. I am especially thankful that I was able to go back home more often and spend time with our family dog, Trooper, who ended up passing away in June just shy of 14 years old. As bad as 2020 has been, I’m really blessed that it gave me those opportunities as I was able to see my family more often than I thought would be possible living across the state from them.
Pictured: Celebrating my sister’s (virtual) graduation from the University of Dayton with Trooper; My family & I visiting my sister in Ohio, where she’s now attending grad school; Trooper the Labradoodle
Marcia Neese – Sales Executive
Successful first season of our RV Park and having an opportunity to work for Campspot to share those successes with other park owners and managers.
Mike Woelmer – Development Team Lead
In this crazy year, I am thankful for the simple things. Family, good health, and a great job.
Kristin Smith – DevOps Engineer
2020 turned out to be a huge “memento mori” for me. I’m so grateful to be working at a company where I can bring my whole self to work every day, to be part of a family that creatively supports each other from afar, and for all the activists and conservationists who protect our outdoor spaces. This photo is my partner and I on a hike (near a Campspot park!) after doing some grubby remodeling work on their mom’s house. Sometimes you really do hit the trifecta in one afternoon.
Taylor Champion – Customer Service Representative
This season I am thankful for friends, family, sunsets, dogs, pizza, and the great outdoors!
Tyler Way – Contracted Creative Director
I’m especially thankful for my grandparents this season because although they’ve had a difficult year, we’ve been able to relive many of our shared memories from “Camp Gramp” every summer that has provided our extended family some much-needed laughs and happy thoughts to help us through what 2020 has thrown at us.