Steve 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.”