DOVER, Ohio – It’s been 10 years since Mike and Franscene Davis pulled up stakes in Virginia and headed west to buy the former H&M Harley-Davidson dealership in Dover, taking over in August 2003. Now it's time to celebrate.
It turned out to be appropriate that they renamed the store Adventure Harley-Davidson. “We had a vision and a dream, and the outcome has far exceeded our expectations,” he told the Times-Reporter.
Since arriving, the couple moved the business to an expanded site with highway frontage and bought two other nearby stores, Mad River Harley-Davidson (a 2013 Top 100 Dealer that also was a finalist to the Dealer of the Year competition) in Sandusky in 2010 and Rubber City Harley-Davidson in Akron in 2012. Adventure also grew from 18 employees to its current 65. There are 31 employees at Mad River and 48 at Rubber City.
Adventure H-D, a 2012 Top 100 dealer, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Aug. 10 with a blowout sidewalk sale, 10 door prizes per hour, 110th anniversary sale on licensed Harley-Davidson merchandise, on-site custom pinstriping and tattoos, a live band, kids’ tent and more.
Franscene Davis attributes much of the stores’ success to hiring and training good people. “We’ve seen many employees grow and take on bigger roles in our businesses, which is important to us,” she told the newspaper. “We’ve helped them to be able to grow by providing nearly unlimited training resources for leadership development and soft skills and technical training.
Adventure contributed to 35 charities or organizations last year, and the annual Hog Wild event generated more than $5,000. Each year the dealer awards a scholarship to a graduating senior from Dover and New Philadelphia high schools.
Posted by Holly Wagner