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Youngest Female Owner Takes Over Harley-Davidson Dealership

By August 15, 2013General Posts

New Harley-Davidson Dealer Principal Is At Age 25 The Youngest Female Owner In U.S.  provided by Rogue


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Dia and Barry Matteson, with their unofficial mascot Mister French

 

A woman who grew up in the family Harley-Davidson business has just become the youngest female dealer in the Motor Co.’s American network.

Dia Matteson is the new president and director of Motorcycle Times Inc., which owns and operates the Harley-Davidson dealerships in Anchorage, Soldotna and Wasilla. At 25 years old, she is now Harley’s youngest female dealer.

Her father, Barry Matteson, retired June 14 after holding the region’s Harley franchise for 37 years, passing the torch to his daughter.

“This is all I’ve ever really known. I never really worked anywhere else,” she said. “Even in high school I know this is what I wanted to get into,” Dia Matteson told the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Since her teen years she’s worked most jobs in the dealership, and she became GM In 2008. Of about 650 franchise dealers in America, there are probably fewer than 20 sole franchises with a woman at the helm.