Vaughn Beals, 1928 – 2018.
Beals joined Harley-Davidson in 1975 as an engineer. In 1981, he led a group of investors who bought Harley-Davidson from the AMF and managed to restore the brand's independence.
He later became president and CEO, leading HDMC during the turbulent decade of the 80s and his return to profitability.
What Vaughn did, Willie G, and the other HD executives, was making decisions with wisdom, optimism and intelligence. But besides that, it was an example of COURAGE.
Beals will always be remembered as the right man in the right place at the right time.
Rest in peace, friend Beals.