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Trio elected to MIC board of directors


January 29, 2014
Filed under Features, Top Stories

Menneto, Little, Schilke to serve two-year terms

Motorcycle Industry Council members have elected Steve Menneto, Larry Little and Sarah Schilke to each serve two-year terms on the MIC Board of Directors.

Steve Menneto

Steve Menneto

A leader in the powersports industry for nearly 20 years, Menneto was the driving force behind the successful New York dealership, Menneto Powersports. He has also held multiple positions with Polaris, including director of North America Sales and general vanager of Victory Motorcycles. Currently, Menneto is Polaris’ vice president, Motorcycles, and leads the return of the Indian Motorcycles brand. This year marks Menneto’s first term on the MIC Board.

Larry Little

Larry Little

As vice president and general manager, Motorcycle Group for Marketplace Events, Little recently spearheaded the start-up and successful launch of the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo). Currently, he’s busy working on preparations for the show’s second event. Prior to that, Little was senior vice president, chief brand officer, of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.’s Cycle World print, digital and event platforms. Little served as chairman for 10 years and vice chairman for six on the board. This year marks the beginning of his 18th year on the board.

Sarah Schilke

Sarah Schilke

Likewise, Schilke is also a veteran of the industry and currently serves as marketing and public relations manager for Schuberth North America. Schilke brings to the MIC Board a wide range of industry marketing experience, drawing upon her former roles as western advertising manager for American Motorcyclist magazine and marketing director and show feature manager for Advanstar Communications. This will be Schilke’s third term on the MIC Board.

The MIC Board is composed of 12 directors; six are elected and six are appointed by the motorcycle manufacturers/distributors who pay market share dues. In addition to Menneto, Schilke and Little, the 2014 MIC Board of Directors includes Hans Blesse (BMW Motorrad USA), Steve Bortolamedi (Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.), Russ Brenan (Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.), Jon-Erik Burleson (KTM North America, Inc.), Don Emde (Don Emde Inc.), Frank Esposito (Kendon Industries, Inc.), Robert Gurga (American Honda Motor Co.), Steve Johnson (Tucker Rocky) and Dennis McNeal (Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.).

“We’re excited that so many talented people have sought positions on the MIC Board, and we’re looking forward to significant contributions from all board members as we chart the course for our industry association, ” said MIC Board chair Mark Blackwell. “The year 2014 marks MIC’s 100th anniversary, and this new incoming board has the talent, enthusiasm and experience to successfully kick-off MIC’s second century.”



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