Steve Menneto Vice President Of Polaris Motorcycles Receives V-Twin Industry Award

stevemennetoSteve Menneto, Vice President of the Polaris Motorcycles division overseeing both the Victory Motorcycles and the Indian Motorcycle Brand received an “Industry Leader of the Year” award. Ever since the first V-Twin Expo was held in 2001, V-twin industry leaders have been acknowledged in a special awards ceremony held during the Expo weekend. This year marked the 14th annual V-Twin Expo Awards, at which Steve Menneto, Vice President, Motorcycles at Polaris Industries was recognized at the Industry Leader of the Year. Steve was nominated for the award because of the vision and leadership in the creation of the 2014 Indian Motorcycle brand re-launch. The styling and build quality of the Indian Chief motorcycles’ spoke volumes to the motorcycle fraternity.

“Steve did an excellent job leading his team in the re-launch of Indian Motorcycle,” Says Paisano Publications Editor Dave Nichols. “The Indian brand has been beaten up in the past, so lots of people held their breath as the new models were introduced. It was clear right away that Polaris was committed to Indian Motorcycle and managed by a visionary leader.”

In his acceptance speech Menneto mentioned the momentum and excitement in the entire motorcycle industry. “2013 was an incredible year for American V-Twin motorcycles. Victory celebrated fifteen years, our friends in Milwaukee revealed their work from the past few years and the Indian team launched the exciting new line-up of Indian Motorcycles in Sturgis. 2014 in going to be a great year for all of us, and I genuinely appreciate this award and receive it on behalf of both teams at Victory and Indian Motorcycle.”

12 Responses to “Steve Menneto Vice President Of Polaris Motorcycles Receives V-Twin Industry Award”

  1. 1 Brandon Feb 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Deserved. Don’t disappoint us with the 2015 Indian…Scout.

  2. 2 Gary Princeton Feb 18th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    No Indian teaser this year?

  3. 3 Dave Feb 19th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Cant wait to see Scout!

  4. 4 Doc Robinson Feb 19th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Very well deserved for the brilliant job of bringing back the Indian marque will class this time around. Awesome achievement in the short time frame they had!

  5. 5 Pat Simmons Feb 19th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Congratulations Steve! You and your team continue to inspire all of us in the motorcycling community. We wish you much success in the coming year, and look forward to new imaginative innovations as you make them available to the public. See you somewhere at one of the rallies.

  6. 6 Justin Nicolette Feb 19th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Congrats, Steve. Re-launching a century-old brand…the stuff dreams are made of. Looking forward to the next wave. All the best.

  7. 7 Blackmax Feb 19th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Steve was gracious enough to speak with me at the V-Twin Expo
    after he had just arrived from IMS Chicago & the Gunner launch.
    A very insightful interview and a really nice guy who is REALLY into motorcycles
    Looking forward to the 2015 line of Indians (maybe a Scout)
    The one thing I did want to ask him, given the info./ entertainment tech on the Indian Chieftain
    and what H-D has done with Project Rushmore, is there anything in the works to upgrade the
    systems on the Victory Cross Country (Tour) and the Vision????

  8. 8 Robert Pandya Feb 20th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Hello all,

    Thanks for the compliment on behalf of Steve. He’s the first to call out the whole team behind the effort – but I know he was proud to stand on that stage and get that award. Very cool of Paisano Publications and V-Twin.

    Regarding future product – Steve will be the first guy to tell you that we do not speak about future products. He would also be the first guy to kick my ass if I did! I like my job – so for now – no comment!

    All the best to you – I hope more of you get to start riding out of this miserable winter season – see you in Daytona Beach.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

  9. 9 Rodent Feb 20th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    What we need is a spy at Polaris to drop a dime on upcoming projects just like Snowden did on NSA spying.

  10. 10 Matt W. Feb 20th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Much deserved. Overseeing the design, production, and distributing of a new world class motorcycle in such a short time frame is no small accomplishment!

  11. 11 Shifter Feb 20th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Rodent. I know a motorcycle spy (Cxxxl Hxxe) who doesn’t talk….

  12. 12 Mike Greenwald Feb 20th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Plus Ten, Shifter.

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