John Seifert, general manager of Stutsman Harley-Davidson, said the 26 employees create a great environment for customers and the reason for the store’s success.
“We’re a younger staff but we are very energetic,” Seifert said. “We all want to be successful and that is what has made our business successful.”
The employees bring a family-like atmosphere to the workplace, said Lindsey Vogel, president of Young Professionals of Jamestown, which selects the Business of the Year from the 12 Business of the Month recipients. They love working at their job, she said.
“Not just because of the customers, but because of the people they are surrounded with on a daily basis,” Vogel said.
Harley-Davidson celebrates its 115th anniversary in 2018, and customer loyalty is key to that longevity, Seifert said. The customer base represents a cross-section of the entire society, which seeks out the variety of motorcycles and accessories to personalize for all types of riders, he said.
“Harley-Davidson has made it through the hard times and the extremely hard times,” Seifert said. “We have a long history and the biggest part of being successful is that it’s a family.”
The Jamestown Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) is the local chapter of the official riding club of Harley-Davidson, which is one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide, Seifert said. H.O.G. organizes several annual events and rides, either alone or in collaboration to benefit area causes such as JRMC Hospice, blood drives, cancer benefits and food shelves.
“This is a great example of a business that truly cares about not only customers, but the community its customers and employees live in,” Vogel said.
The dealership organized it first Bikers for a Cause event last year which drew 211 riders and raised $ 5,000 for five charities, Seifert said. The second ride will be June 2 and is expected to grow in size and activities, he said.
“The motorcycle industry and Harley-Davidson have found that giving back to the local community and local charities will encourage new ridership,” Seifert said. “It’s grown our business tremendously.”
Brad Gebeke purchased Stutsman Harley-Davidson in 2005 and moved it to a new 38,000-squarefoot building in 2007. The dealership was named Business of the Year by the chamber in 2008.
Gebeke is now preparing a second dealership in Aberdeen, S.D., Seifert said. The 12,000-squarefoot store is set to open this spring, he said.
“We feel that it’s a market that hasn’t been touched for many years and the vehicles in operation there are mostly Harley-Davidson,” Seifert said. “This is a huge stepping stone for us.”
For more information, call 252-5271 or visit the store at 2501 3rd Ave. SW, Jamestown.