OUR MISSION

Our mission at AllStart is to make smart buyers smarter. From years of adventure and freedom-seeking experience, we’ve accumulated the knowledge to bring to our customers the best products for the next adventure. We’ve combined our extensive market research with our 55+ years of campfires, hiking trails, and road trips down route 66 to bring you the best intuitive products for all your adventure-seeking needs. AllStart is a common place where manufacturers, dealers, suppliers, and RV Enthusiasts can thrive in a digital community learning about the newest products.


Our founders Doug Curtis and Brian Gibson have 50+ years of marketing consulting experience between them. Their passion is to bring you easy-to-understand information from industry engineers and product experts to give you a more informed product buying experience. We know when you are buying a product for your next adventure, you want to know you can count on it. How do we do that? Through easily accessible written and visual information. If you’re a manufacturer, we’re excited to work with you! If you’re a customer, we’re excited to help you on your way to your next great adventure.

LEADERSHIP

Doug Curtis, Editor and Co-Founder

Doug Curtis is the co-founder of AllStart and CEO of Doug Curtis Marketing. He developed AllStart because of his 10 years as VP of Marketing for the largest worldwide brand in the marine and RV industries.

 

Beginning in 2007, he launched the first of over 200 new products internationally, achieving 17 industry innovation & best product awards for four global brands. He knows the marketplace. As a product launch and lead generating solution marketer for B2B & B2C brands, he designs and manages digital marketing, content marketing,advertising, and video services.

 

No Great American Novel Here

 

Seeking to write a great American novel, Doug’s life became a wonderful adventure story. Imagine journeying by bus, Land Rover, train, sailboat, powerboat, and single-engine plane from Guadalajara to Machu Picchu to Nairobi to Kealakekua.

 

Backpacking, tent camping, and van camping through 67 US state and national parks, and scaring himself by canoeing in an early October blizzard in the Grand Tetons. Kayaking 86 miles through the Sea of Cortez with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and naively cross-country skiing into a herd of wild Buffalo in Wyoming.

 

Then realizing, after all those experiences that burning the candle at both ends and having bizarre conversations with many peculiar storytellers at more than 1,000 campfires failed to produce the next great American novel!

 

Like many dreamy adventurers, he planned to sail from Hawaii to Polynesia, but he hasn’t made it yet. Instead, he moved from Kona to Ft. Lauderdale to sail a 46’ Nova Scotia schooner from Bermuda to St. Barts. He survived a few scary winter storms at sea, but he’s thankful for encountering mostly sunny skies and smooth sailing.

After owning a few boats, Doug realized he needed a better boat, so he had to go back to work to earn a bucket of money. That path led to his wonderful wife and two kids, so it was clearly the right decision.

 

As Doug’s career journey progressed, he worked as a filmmaker, TV producer and direct-response TV marketer producing over 800 half-hour TV shows and thousands of commercials. He stretched his limited patience at advertising agencies, business start-ups and corporate consulting.

 

One of his consulting clients was Dometic Corporation, and he was invited to join this international consumer-products company. As the VP of Marketing, Doug enjoyed designing new product-launch strategies to engage RV and marine buyers and successfully earning the company 17 innovation and best product awards, year over year revenue increases and eventually taking the company public.

Doug is delighted that the internet has become the new TV. Several like-minded entrepreneurs encouraged him to leverage his RV knowledge and experience to publish and produce stories for AllStart.com. Making Smart Buyers Smarter is AllStart’s mission.

 

People who love the outdoor lifestyle continuously encounter challenges and search for answers to their problems. AllStart’s mission addresses these issues and provides great new product information and reviews to share with consumers, dealers and other bloggers. In the coming year, Doug’s next outdoor adventure will be discovering new secret places for quiet thinking and extreme ocean kayak sailing.

In the meantime, he enjoys making new professional relationships, so contact him if you want to chat or discuss a project.

Brian Gibson, Managing Partner, Co-Editor & Co-Founder

Brian has wrote many industry leading  books:

He created, wrote & promoted the best-selling seminars and conferences:

Brian has toured and worked in:

96 countries,13 cruise ships, 49 States from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Southern California

He has appeared on Television in: London, Bangkok, Rio, Caracas..

He has written 14 songs and he plays: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards.

He has created 24 iOS Apps for the Apple App Store

Originally from England. He spends his time between New Jersey and Florida.

A Partial List Of Organizations That Have Benefited From Brian’s Expertise:

DUPONT, EMBASSY SUITES, EPA, FBI, FEDEX, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, BF GOODRICH, GTE, HALLMARK CARDS, HARRAH’S RESORT & CASINO, HARRIS SEMICONDUCTOR, HITACHI, IBM, IRS, KELLY TEMPORARY SERVICES, KROGER, LENS CRAFTERS, LEVI STRAUSS, LIBERTY MUTUAL, LOCKHEED, MARRIOTT, MARTIN MARIETTA, MCI, MCCORMACK, MONSANTO CHEMICAL, NASA, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, NCR, NESTLE FOODS, PROCTOR & GAMBLE, PRUDENTIAL, JC PENNEY, QUAKER OATS, ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE, RYDER TRUCK RENTAL, SANTELLI, STATE FARM, STENNIS SPACE CENTER, SUN BANK, TEXACO, TRAMMEL CROW, TREASURY DEPT, UNITED STATES CUSTOMS, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, UNIVERSITY OF OHIO, UPS LEASING, USPS, USA TODAY, WESTINGHOUSE, XEROX CORPORATION