American Suzuki’s Motorcycle/ATV Division Announces Management Reorganization

BREA, Calif. (January 26, 2006) – American Suzuki Motor Corp.’s (ASMC) Motorcycle/ATV Division finished 2005 with another year of record retail sales.  Led by strong sales of Suzuki Boulevard cruisers, GSX-R sportbikes and several DualSport motorcycles, ASMC’s 2005 motorcycle sales increased an impressive 12 percent over 2004.  Suzuki QuadRunner and QuadSport ATV sales also were record-setting, powered by strong sales of QuadRunner utility ATVs. 

To ensure continued growth through 2006, ASMC today announced a reorganization of its management team at its Brea, Calif., headquarters and the company’s manufacturing facility in Rome, Ga. 

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.

“I’m thrilled to return to American Suzuki and to begin a new opportunity at the company’s ATV manufacturing facility,” said Lopusnak.  “Beginning immediately, we have big plans for Suzuki’s growth in the ATV market.”

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. 

About American Suzuki

The Motorcycle/ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, Calif., was founded in 1963 by Suzuki Motor Corporation.  ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states.  ASMC’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide automobile manufacturer.  Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries.