Chronicles of Dia January 2013

I would like to take a minute to reflect on this monumental year…

This year was a big one for Motorcycle Times Inc. (For anyone who doesn’t know, that is the name of our corporation that owns House of Harley, Kenai Peninsula Harley and Denali Harley). For over40 Years my father ran this business with all of his heart and soul. He has done a tremendous job and I have some HUGE shoes to fill! Luckily he will still be around to help me learn the ways of the HD master! I am so thankful for all he has done to build this business and leave a legacy for a true community business. Every day I am reminded of the blessings I have been given from my parents’ dedication to this business and each other. I hope that I can continue to make them proud and grow this business even more.

I am also reminded how important each and every one of our team members are. As we have recently seen, unemployment in Anchorage is exceptionally low, and is pretty low throughout the state. Our team members are talented and hard working which means they could probably find employment elsewhere if they so desired. I am honored that they choose every day to work with me and for our company. It is not easy working in a seasonal business like ours, when your summer in Alaska is the busiest time at work, but they all work so hard. They are the reason each of our stores has its own unique style and personality. A special thanks goes out to both Si Zimmerman from KPHD and Paul Ramage from DHD. They run those stores as if they were their own business! I am so glad they are here to support me. All of our team at all 3 locations is filled with truly unique and We have a fun team and they all feel like family.

It is their attitudes and enthusiasm that draw our customers, like you. Without our customers and employees this place would not exist. I am reminded of how truly unique our business is by the diverse customer base that calls our dealerships home. It is so cool to be in an industry where people are genuinely happy to be here and want to be a part of our brand. Trust me, it is way easier to work this type of retail when you have a brand like Harley-Davidson, a little more exciting than Pampers! Anyhow, I know that your business is more valuable in today’s market than it ever was, and I hope that we will continue to be the place you can hang out and call home.

I am so excited to see what next year will bring. We are constantly working on ways to improve our business. I am so blessed by all of you and what you have done to help build or company. Thank you for your dedication and support.

God Bless and Have a Happy and Fulfilled New Year!


Dia Matteson

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