IRVINE, Calif., March 26, 2021 — Croft Long of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is the new chair of the MSF Board of Trustees, following board elections last week. Robert Heilbron of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was elected vice chair, and Jason Tolleson of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. was elected secretary/treasurer. Trustee and former chair Joe Dagley has been replaced by Matt Potter as the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. trustee.
Fellow trustees include Ken Durr of KTM North America, Inc., Chase Rastegar of Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. and Paul Vitrano of Indian Motorcycle & Polaris Inc. Other MSF member companies are represented by Alexandre Borduas of BRP, Inc., Vinnie Kung of BMW, Inc., and Rod Lopusnak of Triumph Motorcycles America.
“My expectation for MSF is to grow and share the excitement and joy of motorcycling by instilling confidence and competence in new riders, and to motivate experienced riders to brush up on skills through advanced rider training,” said Long, senior product manager, corporate strategic planning, with Kawasaki. “I pledge to place as our number one priority the wants and needs of motorcyclists seeking state-of-the-art MSF rider training – developed by the professional MSF team in close partnership with research experts, supported by training centers and, most importantly, delivered by enthusiastic RiderCoaches every day on ranges across the U.S.”
MSF President and CEO Erik Pritchard expressed his appreciation for Dagley, the former chair of the board of trustees.
“The MSF staff routinely described Joe as being a great chair, great to work with, great at involving the other trustees,” Pritchard said. “He focused always on the MSF’s work and purpose, with professional drive and corporate experience that saw him get things done, in a nice way. We appreciate his long service to the MSF and the training community.”
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests, and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military, and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF have been recognized worldwide since 1973.
The MSF is a not-for-profit organization endorsed by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; BMW Motorrad USA; BRP, Inc.; Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc.; Indian Motorcycle & Polaris Inc.; Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.; KTM North America, Inc.; Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.; Triumph Motorcycles America; and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. For safety information or to enroll in an MSF Basic RiderCourse near you, or to learn more about the many other MSF course offerings, visit MSF-USA.org or call (800) 446-9227. Follow @msf__usa to keep up with the MSF on Twitter and Instagram.