Biz Briefs: Hitting the Road in Style

After Spartan Motors posted record first-quarter sales--which included a 65.7% jump in RV chassis sales over the same period last year--CEO John Sztykiel took a road trip from company headquarters in Charlotte, Mich., to meet and greet investors from Boston to Chicago. As his 41-footer swung (gingerly) through Manhattan, he spoke with TIME's Julie Rawe.

TIME Why aren't you behind the wheel?

JOHN SZTYKIEL The last time I drove a coach like this in a big city, I made a turn too tight and took out one of the light towers and put a nice 12-in. rip in the side wall.

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