Lee Chapin, a division VP for Mikuni American Corp., has accepted an early retirement package after 24 years with the company. He is now looking for a position in the powersports industry.
The Aftermarket Carburetor Division that Chapin led supplies aftermarket carburetors, related parts and tuning components to manufacturers and distributors in the motorcycle, ATV, personal watercraft and snowmobile industries worldwide.
Mikuni American, which has been downsizing its operations, says no replacement for Chapin is planned. Steve Webb, longtime Mikuni carburetor sales assistant, is taking over the duties of running the Carburetor Division and maintaining distributor relations.
According to a news release, Chapin entered the motorcycle industry in 1974 selling Boge shocks. He was appointed sales manager at Mikuni American in 1986, where he expanded the division and supported national championship racers to victories in all aspects of the sport. He reportedly brought to market many successful new products, including the RS Smoothbores, Super BN Jet Ski Carbs and HSR Carburetors. Lee also worked with Mikuni’s advertising agency, Gianatsis Design, to create FastDates.com Motorcycle Calendars and the former Mikuni Calendar Motorcycle Show, now the L.A. Calendar Motorcycle Show.
“Working with Mikuni Carburetors over the years afforded me incredible opportunities. I was given the chance to travel the world and do business with many top companies and great people, many of whom have become lifelong friends,” Chapin stated in the release.
“I wish the very best for Mikuni American and the remaining staff,” Chapin continued. “I carry with me the fondest memories of my extended family, some of whom are also leaving the company. … I would be interested in securing another position within the motorsports industry where my marketing and management skills would prove to be valuable.”
Chapin can be reached by e-mail at LeeChapin@sbcglobal.net.
Posted by Arlo Redwine