IRVINE, Calif. - The Motorcycle Industry Council now has four members on its Dealer Advisory Council, created earlier this year in conjunction with the MIC’s decision to provide dealerships with limited memberships.
Three of the members are from Dealernews Top 100 Dealerships.
The two new council members are Jim Foster, owner of Killeen Powersports a Dealernews Top 100 Dealer in Killeen, Texas, and Kim Harrison, general manager of Coleman Powersports a Dealernews Top 100 Dealer in Woodbridge, Va.
They join Bob Althoff, owner of A.D. Farrow Co. in Columbus, Ohio, and Sandy Stroope, owner of Boat World Honda Polaris in Harrison, Ark., on what will eventually be an eight-member council.
A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson is a Dealernews Top 100 Dealer, and Althoff was the recipient of the 2013 Don J. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award during Top 100 awards ceremonies in February.
To date, 241 dealers in 40 states and representing 140 out of 436 congressional districts have joined the MIC. The dealer members comprise a non-voting tier of the association.
“We are so very encouraged by the membership and enthusiasm of our dealer members and by the interest in the Dealer Advisory Council,” said MIC President Tim Buche. “We look forward to working together with the council to help accelerate the powersports industry’s ongoing economic recovery, as well as to discover and implement ways to best serve current and prospective riders.”
“I am pleased that the MIC has asked me to be a member of the new Dealer Advisory Council,” said Harrison. “I believe this newly formed council is a positive step toward opening the lines of communication between dealers and the MIC. I look forward to working with the other council members to bring the voice of the powersports dealers to the MIC and improve the constantly changing powersports industry.”
Harrison has been general manager of Coleman Powersports for 20 years. Her father founded the dealership in 1963. Today, Coleman’s has two stores in northern Virginia.
Foster owns Killeen Power Sports with his wife Linda, both of whom have been in the motorcycle industry in Killeen for more than 30 years.
“My main reason for joining the MIC and participating in the dealer council is to help improve relations between the OEMs and the dealers,” said Foster. “My goal is to help create dialogue between the dealers and the OEMs and to get a better understanding between all of us so we can work together to improve the overall environment and atmosphere of our industry.”
Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photos courtesy MIC