UM Celebrates Anniversary, Growth

UM (United Motors) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and hopes successes realized in the first half of 2007 will help attain further growth in 2008.

The Miami-based importer/distributor offers motorcycles, scooters and ATVs in displacements from 49cc to 650cc. The company supplies more than 600 full-line UM dealerships from three North American distribution centers.

UM leadership says the first six months of 2007 showed a 30 percent increase in wholesale sales and a 20 percent increase in retail sales compared to the same period in 2006.

The company signed 48 new dealers and two regional sales managers during the first half of the year. Jose M. Villegas, VP of sales and marketing, says the plan is to have 11 regional sales managers by the end of the year. He says two recent hires in New England and Colorado will be joined by a new sales manager in Texas, as well as two more hires in California.