American Suzuki Reorganizes

The management team has been reorganized at American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) Motorcycle/ATV Division’s Brea, Calif., headquarters and manufacturing facility in Rome, Ga.
Steve Bortolamedi, formerly the dealer network manager for the Motorcycle/ATV Division, has been named advertising manager. He will be responsible for national and regional advertising for the Motorcycle/ATV Division, including in-store materials and signage and product brochures. Bortolamedi will continue to oversee the Web sites for both Suzuki’s motorcycle and marine product groups and the Suzuki Sales P.R.O. retail kiosks. He has worked at ASMC for more than 13 years.
Glenn Hansen will move into the new position of communications manager, responsible for working with media for the introduction of all new motorcycles and ATVs. The Communications Group also will be responsible for product information booklets, model sales guides and more, for enhanced dealership salesperson knowledge. Formerly the advertising and press relations manager for American Suzuki’s Motorcycle/ATV Division, Hansen has been with ASMC for three years and has an extensive background in media relations.
Dirk Gould, sales support manager, who currently oversees the Retail Finance Department, will take on additional responsibilities to assist Vice President Mel Harris with sales programs and budgeting. Gould has worked at ASMC for nearly nine years, gaining experience in data analysis and finance.
Bob Mueller, sales development manager, adds data analysis to his current list of responsibilities, which includes the Suzuki Extended Protection program as well as tracking of customer satisfaction and other survey data. Mueller has been with ASMC for 24 years, with a variety of sales and management experience in the motorcycle division.
Finally, Rod Lopusnak has rejoined ASMC as the ATV operations manager and will be stationed at the Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corp. (SMAC) facility in Rome, Ga. Lopusnak previously worked as ASMC Motorcycle/ATV marketing manager for four years before leaving Suzuki to join the American Motorcyclist Association as director of sales for an eight-month period.
ASMC officials said the company’s 2005 motorcycle sales increased 12 percent over 2004. ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs supplied by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), Hamamatsu, Japan. SMC has 120 distributors in 191 countries.

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