SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Vortex Racing, a leader in high-performance motorcycle parts and accessories, announced today that it has named Kipp McGowan vice president of operations. Prior to joining the Vortex team, McGowan was sales manager for RK Excel America Inc. He is a 17-year veteran working for aftermarket companies in the power sports industry.
“We are very excited to bring Kipp aboard to support the growth of the company. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and relationships both national and international. I have known Kipp for many years and worked with him in the past. He has experience on many levels from sales, manufacturing, product development, business development and overseas communication. I believe we are a good fit," says Matt Griffin, president of Vortex Racing.
Vortex is growing and recently moved its corporate headquarters to Salt Lake City, Utah; keeping most of it manufacturing arm in Tampa, Florida. McGowan will be an integral part of Vortex's continued expansion and growth plan.
“I am very excited about this opportunity! The motorcycle industry is the only industry I can see myself working in. I have ridden motorcycles all my life and it is my true passion. Without sounding to cliché, I am very lucky to work for such an amazing company in the industry I love. The Vortex team is incredible and the environment is addicting. I have known and worked with Matt (Griffin) for many years. This opportunity lands me with a great, forward thinking company while also fulfilling my personal development goals,” says McGowan.
McGowan has been riding motorcycles since a very young age. Riding and racing dirt bikes as a teen and hitting the pavement full time at the age of 16 when first licensed. He started attending track days in the mid-1990s; graduating to road racing at the club level. Working at a dealership in Northern California in the early 90s, McGowan landed a job at Lockhart Phillips in 1995. He worked his way up to sales manager with Lockhart Phillips. In 2003, he moved on to an apparel manufacturing company. By 2005, McGowan was hired as sales manager for RK Excel America Inc. where he enjoyed a six-year tenure of success.
About Vortex Racing: Vortex Racing was founded in 1995 in Odessa, Florida by Matt Griffin as a small sprocket company. Today, Vortex is an international brand sponsoring some of the world's best riders including Josh Hayes, 2011 World Superbike Champion; Danny Eslick, 2011 World Supersport Champion; Ryan Dungey, 2010 World Supercross & Motocross Champion; Martin Cardenas, 2010 World Supersport Champion; and James Stewart, 2009 World Supercross Champion and star of Bubba's World, a reality TV show based on Stewart's life airing on FUEL TV. Vortex offers thousands of part numbers for a variety of motorcycle racing parts including sprockets, rear sets, handlebars, frame sliders and other speed and safety enhancing components. There is a reason that Vortex IS Chosen by Champions. For more information, please visit www.vortexracing.com. "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vortexfanpage. "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vortexfanpage. You can also "Follow" us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vortexracing.