The MIC sent the following letter from president Tim Buche to its members Wednesday announcing that Paul Vitrano, general counsel of the MIC, has accepted a position with Polaris Industries as Vice President, Global Government Relations.
Dear MIC Member,
I am writing to inform you that Paul Vitrano has accepted a position at Polaris Industries as Vice President, Global Government Relations. Paul's first work with the Associations was serving with Ross, Dixon & Bell founder, Stu Ross, as Outside Counsel beginning in 1999. I recruited Paul to serve as General Counsel and he joined the Associations on February 1, 2008.
Paul has been an invaluable and dedicated advocate for all the Associations, also serving as EVP of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. His many contributions to the Associations --- from helping to stop the lead ban to winning tough negotiations --- have served the members and other constituents very well. It has been a pleasure to work side-by-side with him. He will be sorely missed. We wish him the best of luck in his new venture and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity.
We are already fast at work on a plan to ensure a smooth transition to a new General Counsel for the Associations. Paul will be helping to ensure an efficient transfer of responsibilities. The Associations have maintained the relationship with trusted counselor and friend Stu Ross since 1971. During our time of transition we will work with Stu from Washington, DC and a local attorney with whom we work to address our members' needs.
I will provide further information as we get closer to Paul's departure on March 14. In the meantime, please join me in wishing Paul the best of luck. I'm sure he'll be excited to tell you about his new position.
As Paul will note in his personal message to you, he has advised Polaris and the company has agreed that, to the extent he has received any confidential information from or about any other member companies, he will maintain the confidentiality of such information and will not be asked about, share, or use for any purpose, such information. Please contact me if you have any questions on this subject.
A note From Paul:
Dear Board Members,
It has been my honor to serve you and the members over the past six years. While it is hard to leave the Associations and I value the many relationships I have been fortunate to develop, I am excited about the opportunity to join Polaris and am lucky to be staying in the industry that we all love.
I have advised Polaris and it has agreed that, to the extent I have received any confidential information from or about any other member companies, I will maintain the confidentiality of such information and will not be asked about, share, or use for any purpose, such information.
I will be working with Tim and the Association staff to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. I look forward to continuing to work with you as Polaris' Board member or other representative to the Associations.