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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Motorcycle Industry Council

Ackerman retains MIC Board seat

The Motorcycle Industry Council’s (MIC) 2017 Board of Director election results have seen Arnie Ackerman re-elected to serve as an MIC board member for another two years, and to therefore remain as the current Chairman of the MIC’s Aftermarket/Allied Trades Committee.

MAG Chairman Emeritus Arnold W. Ackerman is re-elected to the MIC Board of Directors and will continue as chair of its Aftermarket/Allied Trades Committee

Ackerman is Chairman Emeritus and founder of Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG). It was Ackerman who principally steered his Duff Ackerman and Goodrich investment firm into the program of acquisitions in the 1990s; a program that saw MAG emerge as a powerhouse in the market with ownership of leaders such as Vance & Hines, Performance Machine, Kuryakyn, J&P Cycles, Mustang seats and Progressive Suspension, among others.
He retained involvement as Chairman of MAG when DAG sold to L.A. based Leonard Green & Partners, and it was he who was a prime mover in shaping the deal for Tucker Rocky owner Lacy Diversified to buy MAG and merge it with TR in 2014.

Andy Leisner, Vice President/group publisher of Bonnier Motorcycle Group, is also re-elected; MIC Board Chairman Dennis McNeal, who has also retired from his position of Vice President of motorcycle operations with Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA and publisher and former second generation Daytona 200 winner Don Emde announced their retirement from the Board. Paul Puma, Executive Vice president of Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution, is newly elected to the Board.
Other MIC Board directors include Eric Anderson (currently owner and founder of VROOM Network); Michael Peyton, VP of BMW Motorrad USA; Jim Woodruff, COO of NPA; Chuck Boderman, VP motorcycles at American Honda; Russ Brenan, Kawasaki; Mike Doughty, Yamaha; Kerry Graeber,  Suzuki; John Hinz, KTM, and ex MIC General Counsel and current VP global government relations at Polaris, Paul Vitrano.
The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., where it shares offices with MIC Events and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and has a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization was founded in 1914, celebrating its 100th anniversary two years ago.