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Our Story & Team

Our Story

“Like most adventures, our story began not with five beers, but with a bowl of pasta, tons of laws being broken and a desire for freedom and a better life.

Like you, we were trapped indoors during the great Covid lockdowns. Gone was the freedom to visit friends and family. Gone was our ability to travel and work on our laptops from anywhere in the world. Life’s greatest treasures were now exchanged for endless streaming (remember ‘Tiger King?!) and learning how to bake sourdough. The only human interaction was waving to the Amazon delivery guy once a week. It was wild!

Like most animals, you can’t keep entrepreneurs caged for long. Under the cover of darkness, Tony escaped from his house, climbed up to the roof, and parkour’d across several buildings before breaking into my apartment. Over a bowl of pasta, Tony shared his idea. He wanted to go on an adventure. He wanted to convert a Mercedes Sprinter van, pack it with the latest technology so that he could work from anywhere, and ensure the van also had all the creature comforts for life on the road. Oh and he wanted to get a dog!

I had spent 6 months holed up in an apartment unable to get back to see family in South Africa or run my annual African adventure The Put Foot Rally for hundreds of people across sub-saharan Africa. My only outlet was spending hours each day tearing down a vintage 1972 Ford Capri and my nights hunting for parts all over the internet.

It’s fair to say Tony and I shared the same spirit. Never again would we be constrained to a building, or unable to travel, or be held back from spending quality time with friends and family.

So the question became – could we build one van? Or could we build a van company that has a place in this new, post-covid world? A van company that shares and promotes the values that we’ve all learned to reprioritize since the pandemic, like a healthy work / life balance.

And could we build vans for the new faces of the Vanlife Movement? The solo travelers, entrepreneurs, working professionals, families, outdoor enthusiasts, urbanite campers, the soon-to-be retired, and retirees?

And perhaps most importantly, could we build futuristic vans that provided folks with the opportunity at a truly unparalleled : WORK – PLAY – TRAVEL lifestyle?

It was an easy decision.”

Daryn Hillhouse, Co-Founder

“If you want to go fast go alone,
if you want to go far, go together”

– African proverb

MEET THE TEAM

This is our ever-expanding, all-star team of amazing men and women! Whether it be skilled trades, or degrees, MBAs or PHDs in design, marketing, sales, and common sense, every one of our professionals plays a vital role in building the highest quality vans in America.  Each individual with their unique passions, whether it be building their own vans,  hiking, skateboarding, boating, snow skiing, cooking, puzzles or video games helps keep Remote Vans a wildly interesting and fun place to work and build a career.

Tony Alexander

Tony Alexander

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Tony has founded or co-founded multiple tech companies, including one of the world’s leading online travel registries. He also serves on the board of one of the nation’s top startup accelerator programs, which he ran as Executive Director for several years. Tony has traveled extensively around the world, including circumnavigating the globe without airplanes—all while running multiple businesses from the road.

Daryn Hillhouse

Daryn Hillhouse

CO-FOUNDER & COO

Daryn founded the largest road rally in Africa, as well as other adventure travel-focused brands—one of which outfitted vehicles that were essentially early prototypes of Remote Vans. Having served in the British Army focused on Operations & Logistics during tours in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, Daryn has worked remotely around the world and managed defense contracts and bids worth more than $1B.

Ashley Webber

Ashley Webber

Financial Controller

Tim Kipers

Tim Kipers

National Sales Manager

Robyn Hobson

Robyn Hobson

Chief Marketing Officer

Dillon Smith

Dillon Smith

Lead Design Engineer

Zachary Breedlove

Zachary Breedlove

Van Assembly Technician

Josh Deaton

Josh Deaton

Van Assembly Technician

Alex Fisler

Alex Fisler

Van Assembly Technician

Carlos Guillen

Carlos Guillen

Cabinetry Specialist

Mitch Grusz

Mitch Grusz

Upholstery Specialist

Jonah Keffalos

Jonah Keffalos

Van Assembly Technician

Dan Lepley

Dan Lepley

Senior Cabinetry Specialist

Nathan Marmer

Nathan Marmer

Van Assembly Technician

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller

Senior Electrical Technician

Todd Rosenberger

Todd Rosenberger

Van Assembly Technician

Boris Salazar

Boris Salazar

Electrical Technician

Desiree Smoot

Desiree Smoot

Van Assembly Technician

HONORARY TEAM MEMBERS

Our league of extraordinary, honorary team members.

Brien Bell

Brien Bell

Communications Design

Weston Graham

Weston Graham

Industrial Design

Steven Tipps

Steven Tipps

Mechanical Engineering

Riley Chang

Riley Chang

Industrial Design

Anastacia Hartinger

Anastacia Hartinger

Industrial Design

Jacob Waltz

Jacob Waltz

Industrial Design

Katherine Bodenschatz

Katherine Bodenschatz

Industrial Design

Rehme Leanza

Rehme Leanza

Communications Design

Katie Rieth

Katie Rieth

Industrial Design

Paul Barnard

Paul Barnard

Industrial Design

Dominic Daley

Dominic Daley

Engineer

WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

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Sprinter vans in America?

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