Polaris’ Steve Menneto, V-P of its motorcycle divisions including both the Indian and Victory brands, was honored with ‘Industry Leader of the Year’ laurels at the recent V-Twin Expo.
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 as the Industry Leader of the Year.
Menneto was nominated for the award because of the vision and leadership demonstrated 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.”