Pictured from left to right: Tim Larson, Polaris Industries Inc. Senior Vice President of Global Customer Excellence; Aaron Woods, Teixeira’s Technician; Russell McRoberts, Teixeira’s Service Manager; Paul Teixeira, Teixeira’s Owner; and Scott Wine, Polaris Industries Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
MEDINA, Minn. — Polaris Industries Inc. recently inducted a retired company executive and two outstanding dealers, including Teixeira’s Polaris of Hyde Park, N.Y., into the Polaris Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Polaris national sales meeting held in Nashville.
The Polaris Hall of Fame was established in 2004 during the company’s 50th anniversary. Retired employees and Polaris dealers are among those recognized for their roles in the company’s growth and success. Inducted along with Teixeira’s today were retired company executive Mike Malone and another Polaris dealership, Valley ATV of Danville, Ohio.
“We are honored to pay tribute to special individuals and outstanding dealers like Teixeira’s that were inducted this year into the Polaris Hall of Fame,” said Polaris CEO Scott Wine. “Their dedication and commitment have been instrumental in the company’s continued growth and long-term success.”
In 1995, Paul Teixeira converted the family’s two-bay Sunoco service station in Hyde Park into a full-line Polaris dealership. That small original building had room for just one ATV in the office/showroom, yet the business thrived as the Teixeiras delivered outstanding customer service. In 2001, they built a new dealership facility, and just three years later they doubled its size to keep up with the business’s growth.
Teixeira’s developed its large and loyal customer base by providing riders with great selection and tremendous service. The dealership stocks a large inventory of accessories and service parts so customers can customize their vehicles exactly as desired, and so service work can be done with minimal downtime. Paul Teixeira and his wife Pam, the dealership office manager, have a loyal staff that includes long-time employees Russell McRoberts and Aaron “Fuzzy” Cicilioni.
The other 2016 Polaris Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Valley ATV in Danville, Ohio, is a leading Polaris off-road vehicle (ORV) dealer because of the dedication and commitment of owner Paul Staats, his wife (and dealership office manager) Mary Lou, and their hard-working staff. The Staats were dairy farmers before opening the Polaris dealership on their farm in 1994. Their incredible work ethic, fair and honest business practices, and outstanding customer service have fueled the continued growth and prolonged success of the dealership.
Mike Malone joined Polaris in 1984 as Accounting Manager, and in 1993 he was named Vice President and Treasurer. Four years later he became Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), titles he held until his retirement in 2015.
For most of his 30-plus years with Polaris, he led the talented team that oversaw the company’s finances, and he served as the fiscal conscience as Polaris grew to become a global leader in the powersports industry. Malone helped Polaris evolve from being primarily a snowmobile manufacturer with limited seasonal cash flow into a diversified manufacturer of on- and off-road vehicles with brands that are popular with riders worldwide.