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MIC hosts member company representatives on Capitol Hill

The Motorcycle Industry Council hosted its annual Capitol Hill Fly-In late last month.  The event is designed to connect MIC member company representatives with their Members of Congress to discuss issues affecting the powersports industry.  MIC also took advantage of the opportunity to recognize key Members of Congress with MIC Chairman’s Awards.

The team preparing for their meetings with Members of Congress.

The team preparing for their meetings with Members of Congress.

Members of the MIC Dealer Advisory Council with U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R-NH) (4th from left). (From left to right) Rick Alcon of R & S Powersports Group – NM; Sandy Stroope of Boat World Honda Polaris – AR; Bob Althoff of A.D. Farrow Co – OH; Guinta; MIC Chair Dennis McNeal; Ryan Rusbuldt – Professional Staff for Representative Guinta; Kim Harrison of Coleman Powersports – VA; and Jerry Lenz of Beverton Motorcycles - OR.

Members of the MIC Dealer Advisory Council with U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R-NH) (4th from left). (From left to right) Rick Alcon of R & S Powersports Group – NM; Sandy Stroope of Boat World Honda Polaris – AR; Bob Althoff of A.D. Farrow Co – OH; Guinta; MIC Chair Dennis McNeal; Ryan Rusbuldt – Professional Staff for Representative Guinta; Kim Harrison of Coleman Powersports – VA; and Jerry Lenz of Beverton Motorcycles - OR.

Over two days, MIC member company representatives took part in more than 40 meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs from 15 states.  Fly-In participants visited Congressional offices representing districts and states where the companies have key facilities.  Also participating were members of MIC’s Dealer Advisory Council, who articulated the perspective of retailers in the powersports industry.

MIC’s senior vice president, Government Relations, Kathy Van Kleeck said, “The heart of the MIC Capitol Hill Fly-In is the meetings that MIC arranges between industry representatives and their Members of Congress.  Our goal is for Members of Congress to be aware of their constituents who are in the powersports industry and to recognize the important economic impact these companies have in the retail marketplace, the creation of jobs and in the recreation economy.  The member companies who participated included manufacturers, dealers, aftermarket companies, credit processors, and enthusiast and industry press, so we feel we were able to convey the full breadth of our industry to decision makers.”

MIC Chair Dennis McNeal presenting the MIC Chairman's Award to Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS).

MIC Chair Dennis McNeal presenting the MIC Chairman's Award to Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS).

Duane Taylor, MIC’s director, Federal Affairs added, “Combining the voices of MIC members with the voice of our DC-based Government Relations staff on behalf of the powersports industry on a daily basis makes our influence that much more significant.”

This year’s Fly-In also provided an opportunity for MIC to recognize key Members of Congress who have been instrumental in protecting the safety of recreational off-highway vehicle drivers and passengers.  The original House and Senate sponsors of the ROV In-depth Examination Act (RIDE Act) were presented with MIC Chairman’s Awards in Capitol Hill hearing rooms. MIC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dennis McNeal, presented Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Collin Peterson, (D-MN) and Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) with the awards which recognized their “Outstanding Efforts to Protect the Safety of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Enthusiasts.”

Dennis McNeal; Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN); Paul Vitrano - VP Global Government Relations – Polaris Industries Inc.; JR Burke - Manager of State & Provincial Government Relations – Polaris Industries Inc.

Dennis McNeal; Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN); Paul Vitrano - VP Global Government Relations – Polaris Industries Inc.; JR Burke - Manager of State & Provincial Government Relations – Polaris Industries Inc.

MIC’s General Counsel, Erik Pritchard, said, “Representatives Pompeo and Peterson and Senators Heller and Manchin led the effort to protect ROV enthusiasts, and the industry is honored to present them with MIC Chairman’s Awards.”

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV); Dennis McNeal

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV); Dennis McNeal

Senator Dean Heller (R-NV); Dennis McNeal

Senator Dean Heller (R-NV); Dennis McNeal

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