Vitrano leaving MIC for VP post at Polaris

Publish Date: 
Feb 27, 2014
By Holly J. Wagner

IRVINE, Calif. – Motorcycle Industry Council general counsel Paul Vitrano will leave his post March 14 to take a position as vice president of global government relations at Polaris Industries.

“Paul has been an invaluable and dedicated advocate for all the associations, also serving as EVP of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. His many contributions to the Associations – from helping to stop the lead ban to winning tough negotiations – have served the members and other constituents very well. It has been a pleasure to work side by side with him. He will be sorely missed. We wish him the best of luck in his new venture and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity,“ MIC president and CEO Tim Buche said in announcing the change to association members Feb. 26.

Vitrano started his MIC career in 1999, serving with Ross, Dixon & Bell founder Stu Ross as outside counsel. He took the post of general counsel for the associations in 2008.

“It has been my honor to serve you and the members over the past six years," Vitrano wrote to MIC members. "While it is hard to leave the associations and I value the many relationships I have been fortunate to develop, I am excited about the opportunity to join Polaris and am lucky to be staying in the industry that we all love."

Vitrano will help the associations transition to a new general counsel when one is found, he said.

“The Associations have maintained the relationship with trusted counselor and friend Stu Ross since 1971. During our time of transition we will work with Stu from Washington, D.C., and a local attorney with whom we work to address our members' needs,” Buche noted.