IRVINE, Calif. - Steve Johnson, a Motorcycle Industry Council board member and past president and COO of Tucker Rocky Distributing, will become the chairman of the MIC's Aftermarket Committee, the association announced today.
Johnson (see image, right) retired from Tucker Rocky in 2012. He succeeds Frank Esposito of Kendon USA, who has been the aftermarket chair since 2004.
"Our industry has survived the greatest recession in our lifetime," Johnson said. "We are seeing signs of an economic turnaround, and it is critical that all constituents in the powersports industry find ways to capitalize on this recovery."
Johnson stressed the need for all stakeholders -- from OEM to aftermarket to retail -- to have a unified voice, and urged retailers to consider joining the association.
"There are many pressures on our industry -- from land closure to unfavorable laws from both the state and federal level -- that will have negative consequences," Johnson said. "MIC has recently created the opportunity for powersports dealers to become MIC members. It is important that all interested parties come together with a stronger, united voice to make sure the powersports industry is represented. The Aftermarket Committee will continue to play a key role in initiating and supporting these efforts."
Johnson thanked Esposito for his nearly decade-long leadership of the committee. "Frank has always been a passionate, creative and articulate voice in the Aftermarket Committee," Johnson said.
Esposito will remain an active member of the committee. "I'm pleased with and proud of the accomplishments and diligence shown by the committee and the membership task force over the last 10 years," Esposito said. "But change is healthy; it keeps us fresh and challenges the status quo. I believe that Steve is the ideal next candidate. His industry experience and commitment to the aftermarket will prove invaluable."
From a press release. Posted by Mary Slepicka. Press image courtesy MIC