Homegrown Trailers™ is a social purpose corporation based in Kirkland, Washington that produces sustainable, handcrafted travel trailers for sale and rental. We are unlike any trailer business in the world, fusing a global desire for compact, environmentally conscious, and healthy living spaces for all types of people, including those who haven’t traveled in RVs before. Our company is especially passionate about helping people connect to nature and find adventure on the road in a responsible, comfortable, and tasteful way.
The story begins decades ago. Our co-founder and CEO, Corey Weathers, always had a strong connection to the outdoors and taking adventures. When he had the first of his two daughters 9 years ago, Corey knew things would change… and they did for awhile. Eventually, he and his wife began taking the girls camping but Corey quickly realized that he was about the only one who could deal with pitching tents, sleeping on the wet ground, and the constant lack of privacy. Instead of accepting this as the way things needed to be, he sought out a solution. As a sustainability consultant, he had something very specific in mindㅡa trailer that he could pull with a small and efficient car or SUV, that was capable of being off-grid, that was comfortable with some key amenities, and most importantly, that was made with sustainable and healthy materials. When the market didn’t provide what he was looking for, he got creative and pulled in some good friends who worked in construction. What emerged was a beautiful and classy travel trailer that his wife, his girls, and everyone they bumped into on the road fell in love with. Now, they get to share this experience with the world, helping others create memories that last a lifetime.
Then Corey and Eric Gertsman (CMO) decided to co-found the business with support from a cadre of advisers and specialistsㅡmany who have been lifelong friends and fellow adventurersㅡto replicate the trailer for countless other families and friends to enjoy. Homegrown Trailers officially emerged in January 2016. Our production, rental, and sales facility is located in Kirkland, WA and we are currently hard at work manufacturing trailers and taking orders for rental and sales units.
Let your friends, families, and coworkers know about us. And come visit us in Kirkland soon!
Corey Weathers, MEd. - Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Corey has been a lifelong adventurer with a strong sense of respect and appreciation for the world that we all share. After spending 6 years with the nation’s largest health and wellness facility, where he led the development of a nationally recognized employee wellness program and comprehensive outdoor adventure programs, he turned a leaf and has since consulted on dozens of business, nonprofit and government projects focused on driving a more sustainable and resilient future. He is often recognized as a visionary thinker and referred to as the “glue” that holds cross-sector stakeholders together to continually collaborate and innovate. This experience combined with his strong business acumen, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon and Master of Science Education degree from the University of Washington resulted in the launch of Homegrown Trailers, a business that brings together all of Corey’s passions and interests via an amazingly desirable product and business model destined to change the RV experience forever.
Eric Gertsman, MBA - Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer
As the company’s CMO, Eric loves connecting Homegrown Trailers with its passionate customers. He conducts marketing and sales planning, communicates with customers, manages brand strategy, develops marketing intelligence, builds partnerships, leads public relations and social media efforts, and oversees all customer service and rental activities. In the past, Eric has worked on a wide array of clean energy, technology, and environmental endeavors, including in the areas of product marketing, program planning and analysis, energy and resource analysis, corporate sustainability, communications, and more. He earned an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and a BA from UCLA. Eric enjoys traveling, the great outdoors, adventure, sports, music, art, and food/wine.
Grant Hawley - Production Manager
Grant heads the production team at Homegrown trailers, managing the company’s manufacturing process and works to ensure the trailers’ high level of quality. He spent over a decade building custom homes and doing high-end residential remodeling, working with prominent Seattle builders such as, Peter Davis Builders and Schultz|Miller. Grant has developed a keen sense of what can transform a structure into something truly spectacular. In recent years, he has worked in the museum exhibit industry focusing his skills on creating engaging and interpretive exhibits for clients such as MOHAI, the National Park Service, and the Smithsonian Institution. In his spare time, Grant loves to bike, hike, camp, dance, and generally stay active
Jessica Trouillaud - Business Operations
Jessica supports Homegrown Trailers by improving the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the company. You can see her around the office executing new policies and procedures, typing up best practices, innovating customer service commitments, and organizing anything she can get her hands on. Jessica is passionate about social entrepreneurship and startup companies with a mission. She is equipped with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship as well experience in business development and operational management. Jessica loves traveling, adrenaline rushes, science-fiction, wine & cheese, photography, and the mountains.
Katie Wecker - Customer and Product Coordinator
Much of Katie’s time is spent on inventory management, ensuring the production team has all the necessary supplies and materials to build the perfect trailer. She accomplishes this by creating and maintaining excellent relationships with vendors and helping the team continuously innovate. The other part of her time is spent providing customer service, aiding in customizations and keeping customers updated during construction and after they take possession. With a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Human Rights from the University of Washington, Katie has a strong passion for businesses with a social purpose. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, baking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her two dogs.
Clem Romero - Lead Carpenter
Clem has experience in a variety of construction activities with a true mastery of carpentry, having worked on specialty residential interiors for many years. At Homegrown Trailers he is the woodworking lead, shaping the trailer’s durable shell, refined cabinets, functional beds, and many other premium components. Clem hails from Belize and enjoys hiking, movies, music, and BBQing when he’s not at work.
Michael Elston - Production Specialist
Michael is a specialist at Homegrown Trailers who wears a number of hats, including production support, service coordination, rental program facilitation, and sales. He is as adept with a power drill as interacting with customers, helping provide current and prospective customers a comprehensive sense of the trailers. Michael gained his skills on land and on sea, working in private contact construction and as a skilled tradesman in the Merchant Marines (traveling from Alaska to Panama). He grew up in Eastern Washington and love to camp, kayak, bike, and bring his amazing Siberian husky with him whenever possible.
Landon Quebedeaux - Production Specialist
Landon is a production assistant at Homegrown Trailers applying his creative design and construction experience to the team’s woodworking and component manufacturing. He has spent the last few years designing, building, and running his own custom furniture business in Southwest Louisiana. Landon graduating from LSU where he attained his bachelors in French with a concentration in International Business. He loves traveling the world, inventing things that maybe ten people would be very excited about, being outdoors, performing music, the entrepreneurial spirit, and his Cajun food!
Taylor Senechal - Production Assistant
Taylor brings experience in assembly, machine operation, and earth work construction to the team. At Homegrown Trailers he performs a variety of key production and facility activities to keep operations running effectively. With a keen interest in living small, Taylor aspires to build his own tiny house in the future. He is a native Washingtonian and enjoys writing and performing music and someday wants to take his creativity on the road.
James Jenkins, LEED AP - Product Innovation and Sustainable Materials Specialist
James has spent more than a decade building an impressive resume of green building and sustainability project certifications, accreditations and awards. He has worked as a consultant on both commercial and residential green building projects, including the certification of the first Living Building in the United States. James supports the Homegrown Trailers team by developing product innovations that enhance sustainability on all levels and will identify the most appropriate green building materials. He is long-time outdoor enthusiast and has spent countless days climbing and mountain biking throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Kirk Robinson - Product Advocate and Innovation Specialist
Kirk works on the building process and design choices that set Homegrown Trailers apart from its competition. He developed formal skills in carpentry and worked as a general contractor for years before beginning a career as a firefighter. His innovations and ideas keep the company on the cutting edge of functionality, attractiveness, and sustainability. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, much of Kirk's free time is spent outside camping, participating in water sports, snowboarding, hiking, skateboarding, and riding BMX.
Michael Chang - Corporate and Startup Strategy Advisors
Jason Garner - Construction and Business Strategy Advisor
Isaac Gaspar - Construction and Product Development Advisor
Gur Kimchi - Innovation and Product Delivery Advisor
Keil Larson - Legal and Startup Strategy Advisor
John Peters, MSCE - Product Lifecycle and Business Sustainability Advisor
Chris Preston, MBA - Marketing and Business Strategy Advisor
Clay Robinson, MBA - Marketing and Business Strategy Advisor
Tom Weathers, MBA - Financial and Business Strategy Advisor