Walter R. Young, Jr.
When Young joined Champion Enterprises, the diversified housing and recreational vehicle company had just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In his first six months in office, he drastically reorganized the leadership structure. A growing economy provided a boost a few years later, allowing the company to make some strategic acquisitions, and this growth has continued throughout Young’s term. By 1996, Champion was the number two company in both the mid-size motor coach and manufactured housing industries.