ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Indian Motorcycle of Albuquerque has hired Mike Carson to be the dealership's general manager when it opens this fall.
Carson began working in the industry at the rental counter at the old Chic's Harley-Davidson. He eventually worked his way up to the sales department and then was tapped as sales manager, responsible for a team of 13 salespeople. Carson has also worked as a motorcycle sales rep at PJ's Triumph, Ducati and was a manager at BMW's Santa Fe motorcycle division.
He's been an avid motorcycle rider and racer for most of his life. His first motorcycle was a Hodaka Combat Wombat dirt bike. He's also owned Harley-Davidsons, KTMs, Husqvarnas, Aprillas, BMWs, several Hondas, Kawasakis, Suzukis, and Yamaha motorcycles, according to the dealer's announcement.
Owners Louis Hererra and Mike Gaillour completed negotiations with Carson last month. He will officially start work 30 days before the dealership, Albuquerque's first Indian location, opens.
“We're extremely excited and proud to have such a respected general manager as Mike Carson,” said Gaillour. “Mike Carson has the integrity, experience, and most importantly love of motorcycling that a new dealership like ours needs.”
Carson said customers will see price tags on all the bikes and be able to take demo rides to experience the Indian ride.
“I believe the customers will enjoy visiting the dealership and meeting the team. We will be providing a relaxed and comfortable environment,” Carson said. “One of the main things I want the local motorcycle community to know, is when you walk into Indian Motorcycle of Albuquerque, you will be greeted by one of the best group of employees in the motorcycle industry.”
Carson has lived in Albuquerque for more than 35 years. He moved to New Mexico after his discharge from the U.S. Army, where he was a helicopter mechanic. He joined the Albuquerque Police Department, and began his powersports career after retiring from law enforcement.
“I hope all local motorcyclists, regardless of the brand they own, will stop by and say hello,” he said. “For those shopping for an American cruiser motorcycle, they will see that they finally have a choice. Indian is back and they are here to stay.”
From a press release