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Changes at Husqvarna North America
Changes at Husqvarna North America
Husqvarna North America Reorganizes and Moves Out West
I ran into Revelle Harrison yesterday at the Tecate Enduro and had a little opportunity to talk to him about his new gig at Husky. They are setting up new offices in Corona, but currently are in temporary space. He invited me to come see the new facilities once they are completed. He was racing a Husky 250f yesterday and looked like he was going pretty good on it.
For those of you not familiar with Revelle he was a long timer at KTM and a very talented racer. – Chilly
December 3, 2010 – Corona, CA – There are exciting changes in store for the Husqvarna brand in 2011. “We are happy to announce changes that will position Husqvarna North America to serve the U.S. off-road market like never before,” says National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman. “New management has been brought on board to help better serve our dealers needs, as well as expanded staffing to allow greater focus on key customer service and marketing functions.”
These changes come in conjunction with a new headquarters located in Southern California, as well as revolutionary new products. “We are committed to re-establishing Husqvarna as a leading off-road motorcycle brand in the United States,” adds Eastman. “New people, new attitude and new product should help alleviate some of the old concerns!”
STAFFING NEWS: Husqvarna is quite literally doubling the size of its staff, allowing the company to react more quickly. “We will be able to play a more active role in the marketing and selling of motorcycles by keeping the Husqvarna brand top of mind among off-road motorcycle enthusiasts,” explains Husqvarna Motorcycles NA president Kris Odwarka. “The job of not only meeting, but hopefully exceeding your needs is being taken on by a new management team.”
PRESIDENT Kris Odwarka
Leading the new team is Kris Odwarka, who took over as Husqvarna NA President in December. Kris originally started working in parts and service departments at motorcycle dealerships to support his racing in Colorado and New Mexico. He later worked for BMW in various positions in Europe and the States for a decade before becoming sales director of ALPINA GmbH in 2002.
In addition to his real world training at the dealership level, Kris also has both a Bachelor degree and MBA from the University of Colorado.
Kris brings both industry knowledge and experience with Husqvarna’s parent company BMW. This will be beneficial as Husqvarna moves forward, enabling Husqvarna to more easily access BMW’s competitive advantages including financing, distribution, sourcing and more. “Kris exemplifies the open and creative spirit that is an integral part of the new Husqvarna,” notes Eastman.
NATIONAL SALES MANAGER Revelle Harrison
Industry veteran Revelle Harrison joins the Husqvarna team as National Sales Manager. Revelle moves over from KTM, where he has held various roles in the field and HQ for the past 12 years, including serving as KTM’s National Sales Manager. Racing and trail riding have been favorite activities throughout Revelle’s life, activities he now enjoys sharing with his family. Harrison has a degree in Business Administration from Montana State University.
Revelle’s experience and deep understanding of what takes place on the sales floor is a valuable asset. His ability to create structured programs that help dealers sell is combined with an understanding of when to apply creativity and create solutions that get results. Revelle will be leading Husqvarna’s established dealer sales team, helping them reach new levels of dealer and customer service.
NATIONAL AFTER SALES MANAGER Andy Jefferson
Andy is a former professional motocross racer, riding for Pro Circuit Husqvarna through the early 80s. Andy is especially excited to be returning to his roots in the motorcycle industry after spending the past 27 years in the document management industry, specializing in service, customer relations and project management.
Andy brings a rare combination of knowledge from outside and inside the motorcycle industry. His past professional experience has given him a vast knowledge for managing service, parts, projects and customer relations that he now applies to the motorcycle business.
In addition, he has the added advantage of understanding the industry from the inside as he has continued to participate in motorcycling since his pro racing days. Racing with the West Coast-based Husqvarna Zip-Ty Racing Team has given him hands-on experience with the full range of Husky products.
NATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER Corey Eastman
Corey has more than 17 years of motorcycle marketing experience, including serving as the marketing manager, director of marketing and most recently VP Brand Development for Cycle World Magazine.
An avid rider, Corey has explored much of the Southwestern U.S. on two wheels. With a BA in communications/public relations from Cal State Fullerton and solid industry experience, Corey will be taking on all marketing, product development and racing activities effectively immediately.
Corey has been on both the client and media side of marketing. He understands that today’s marketing environment demands hard work and creativity. He will be developing a marketing mix that will build the Husqvarna brand, and most importantly, remain relevant on the sales floo