|Vaughn L. Beals, Jr.|
Massachusetts, United States
|Known for||President, Harley-Davidson|
|Awards||Automotive Hall of Fame distinguished service citation
Motorcycle Hall of Fame (2008)
Education and career prior to 1981
Beals earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked at North American Aviation and Cummins as engineer and executive. He was CEO, chairman, and president of Formac (Washington Iron Works) in Seattle, a company that made large engines and logging equipment.
He worked at American Machine and Foundry (AMF), becoming vice-president of the division that operated Harley-Davidson (bought by AMF in 1969).
Harley-Davidson buyout and leadership
During his leadership of Harley, he initiated the use of just-in-time delivery and other manufacturing reforms, after seeing these practices in use at the Honda Marysville Motorcycle Plant in Ohio. He also directed creation of Harley Owners Group in 1983, today the world's largest factory-sponsored motorcycle club.
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Vaughn and a group that included two sons of the founder of Harley-Davidson bought the company for $65 million.
- Jeff Bailey (20 March 1987), "Beals Takes Harley-Davidson on New Road", Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition, p. 1
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- Matthew Ragas; Bolivar Bueno (2002). The Power of Cult Branding: How 9 Magnetic Brands Turned Customers Into Loyal Followers (and Yours Can Too!). Prima Venture. ISBN 0761536949.
- Woods-Beals Endowed Chair, Buffalo State Center for Excellence in Rural and Urban Education, retrieved 2013-03-18
- Woods-Beals Endowed Chair for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education, Buffalo State College, retrieved 2013-03-18
- on YouTube, uploaded by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame