MARION, Ill. – The owners of Black Diamond Harley-Davidson are the first team winners of the Leaders Among Us designation awarded by the local newspaper.
The title recognizes locals for their service and leadership to causes and communities in Southern Illinois. Occasionally, the honor has gone to a married couple, but never before have business partners been named.
Rodney Cabaness and Shad Zimbro bought Campbell’s Harley-Davidson in Marion in 2007. Under the Diamond Harley-Davidson name, the store reportedly has become one of the nation’s highest-volume Harley dealers.
Black Diamond has hosted concerts, special events, fundraisers and even wrestling matches.
“We want to create something for people to do on the weekends,” Cabaness said. “We do free food and music during the summer. We just put it out there. In the big cities, you have theater and arts. Here in Southern Illinois, we’re trying to do that in our own unique way, creating ways for people to experience fun things.”
Zimbro, 41, said community involvement is a principle of doing business for the company.
“People that buy most of our motorcycles and spend their money here are people in Southern Illinois, and so we give back as much as we can,” he said. “As long as the people keep supporting us and bringing their friends from other places, we’ll keep supporting the people in Southern Illinois.”
Posted by Holly Wagner