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Polaris Hall of Fame veteran announces intent to retire

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) announced that Marlys Knutson, External Relations manager, has announced her intent to retire at the end of the year, after 33 years with Polaris.

Since joining the company in 1983, Marlys has served in a variety of roles, including Marketing Communications, Government Relations and Corporate Communications.

Marlys has made significant contributions to Polaris during her three decades with the company – including working to advance the sport of snowmobiling, planning dealer meetings and building Polaris’ reputation as a snowmobile leader through her work with snowmobile enthusiast media.

Marlys Knutson

Marlys Knutson

In recognition of her dedication and contributions to the company, Marlys was inducted into the Polaris Hall of Fame in 2008.

“Polaris and snowmobiling have been my passion for more than half of my life,” said Knutson. “The lifelong friendships I’ve made around the globe are special and it’s been my pleasure to work together with the best team in powersports and watch the tremendous growth and diversification of Polaris. While I am moving on to the next phase of my life, I hope to continue to be involved with the snowmobile community.”

Craig Scanlon, Chief Marketing Officer, said, “There’s a reason that Marlys has the honor of being the only active employee inducted into the Polaris Hall of Fame. It was her combination of passion, dedication and loyalty that has truly set her apart. Marlys has been a driving force behind the Polaris brand during her three decades with the company and we will miss her greatly.”

4 comments

  1. Very nice honor, it's easy to see why Polaris is an industry leader !!!
    Having been a 34 & 1/2 year employee of Suzuki it would have been nice to have been recognized for my service instead of a "BUMS RUSH" out the door.

    CONGRATULATIONS MARLYS !!!

    • First Name: Terry
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  2. Congratulations Marlys on a job done with dedication and excelence unequaled.
    Having been a Polaris dealer since 1982 I can safely say Marlys Knutson has had a hand on every dealer show, new product launch and anniversary celebration at Polaris Industries for decades.
    Polaris will have to hire 3 people to match the capacity of Marlys Knutson, the new gen empoyee wouldn't dream of taking on the same level of responsibility and work load.
    I will persoanlly miss Marlys and wish her all the best in her retirment well earned.

    • First Name: Don
    • Last Name: Galoway
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  3. SEE HER AT ALL THE DEALER MEATINGS NICE LADY BEEN A DEALER FOR POLASRIS SINCE 2002 AND ALL I EVER SEE HER DO WAS WORK SHE WAS VERY DEDICATED

    • First Name: BILL
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  4. Marlys has made Polaris a better company I am a newly retired Dealer and work with her though three CEOs and not of one would give her up. Employees and friends like Marlys are Priceless Congradulatios and enjoy your next life's step.

    • First Name: Jim
    • Last Name: Buchheit
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