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About

New Friends, New Places and The Great Outdoors!

It All Started With A Dream

The Campground Marketplace was born from a dream by founder, Harold Goehring, to live a life of adventure—meeting new people, traveling, and most of all, spending time outdoors! His dream came to fruition in 1970 when Harold sold a KOA campground. That one property brought in five interested buyers, which led to additional sales, and so on. 

Today, The Campground Marketplace is going strong with 50 years in business and over 500 campgrounds sold

Harold Goehring
Marketing Consultant/Founder
harold@thecampgroundmarketplace.com

Leaving Minnesota, heading for San Francisco, CA.

After growing up in Minnesota and spending four years in San Francisco in the Naval Air, Harold continued his love for flying by enrolling at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Daytona Beach, FL to train for his commercial, instrument and instructor rating. His love for flying and adventure continued as a flight instructor at Ember Riddle. Another flying job finally brought him to Grand Rapids, MI where he eventually went to work for a local real estate company selling commercial and industrial properties. With that knowledge, he started his own Commercial company selling Commercial and industrial business, along with acquisitions and mergers. 

When interest rates hit 22 percent, Harold needed to move in a different direction with his young family. He has a long list of things that he loves, including aviation, new technology, traveling, meeting people, the challenge in closing a deal, helping people look for their dream, loving the outdoors feeling and seeing nature at its finest. So, he started a company called Resorts International NA, now as The Campground Marketplace he continues to bring the campgrounds to buyers through aerial and ground photography and interviews with each seller. Harold brings the dream to buyers across the globe—day or night, rain or shine. 

Melissa Goehring
Marketing Consultant/Owner
melissa@thecampgroundmarketplace.com

Melissa was raised with an itch for the great outdoors thanks to the influence of her father, Harold. Camping, hiking, flying, traveling and photography all remind her of the happiest times she grew to love, and she has brought that excitement and passion into the family business. Her journey started in 2004, working alongside Harold to learn the campground business and getting to know the industry. Over the past few years, she has committed much more time and energy into building and growing The Campground Marketplace to reach new heights. She has expanded the business to include new features, including easy-access information for buyers, a clearer and more efficient roadmap for sellers, and new technologies to provide online users virtual tours and more. And this is just the beginning! Melissa plans to grow this business to its full potential. She will continue to improve the process for buyers and sellers, streamline ease of use and the flow of information, and expand her passion for the outdoors to become an everyday staple. She's proud to see how far her father has come since selling his first KOA in the ’70s and plans to carry on his legacy and vision. 

Ashley Batenburg
Customer Experience Consultant
ashley@thecampgroundmarketplace.com

Ashley grew up loving summers because it brought her to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where her love for camping began. She and her family continue to spend time during all seasons in Michigan outdoors biking, hiking, having bonfires, and enjoying nature. So, when the opportunity to join The Campground Marketplace team was presented, it felt like a great fit! With her background in social work and restaurants, building relationships with clients and customers has always been key to success. She will bring that same passion for people to her role at CGMP where she is excited to assist sellers and buyers take the next step toward achieving their dreams! Ashley is an active mom of bright, fun-loving son and loves to spend time with her sisters, brothers, and nieces.

Elmari Strauss

Zoho CRM Database Manager, Digital Marketer & Virtual Administrative Assistant

Elmari is currently based in South Africa and has been working internationally for the past 20 years. Her experience in international business allows her to find the best buyer/seller match through data research and segmented email marketing campaigns. She is skilled in keeping data clean and up-to-date to ensure campground buyers and sellers are receiving the best possible service. 

Elmari is a passionate individual who sees every day as a blessing. Her personal mission is to enjoy life to the fullest.

Aaron Schaut

Web Developer - The Image Shoppe

Aaron has an extremely diverse and creative skillset focused on bringing The Campground Marketplace website to life. “I love a challenge and any task that lets me get lost in my work, and most importantly—I love the excitement and passion that revolves around marketing, media ideas and products.”