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Andy Leisner

SENIOR EXECUTIVE LEADER

PASSION-DRIVEN ENTHUSIAST INDUSTRIES

I am a senior executive leader in powersports and other enthusiast-sports industries. I have led divisions and companies small to large with full P&L responsibility through mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. I have held VP-or-higher positions for the last 20 years of my career and focus on
profitability-driven leadership in a respectful, caring workplace.

About Me

Growing up in Southern California, I was an amateur motorcycle and bicycle racer and an active scuba diver before pursuing motorcycle racing professionally at age 18. While earning a Bachelors Degree in Economics from UCLA, I traveled the world during Spring and Summer quarters racing the AMA National and Grand Prix World Championships.

 

After a career-ending injury in 1990 and graduation from UCLA, I pursued my dream of working in  powersports. I have been fortunate enough to work for and lead wonderful, enthusiast-driven companies and now strive to lead corporate and consumer transformation towards more sustainable products and solutions. I am a lifelong type-1 diabetic committed to improving the lives and wellness of others who have not had access to the care and technology I have.

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CEO–Rawrr e-Moto

April 2023 - January 2024

Overall management of a global, startup, off-road electric motorcycle company including building the team, raising capital, product development, financial oversight, government compliance, dealer acquisition, sales-team management, export development, inventory planning, marketing strategy, e-commerce operations, aftermarket program development, and establishing a pathway to a public offering.

CEO–Volcon ePowersports

October 2020 - July 2021

Leadership of the first all-electric, off-road powersports company to a revolutionary transformation in outdoor, motorized recreation and a successful public stock offering. Overseeing product development, distribution channels, sales strategy, government relations, factory construction, marketing, media, customer experience, international export and investor relations.

Managing Partner–Hardcard Holdings Hardcard Systems

November 2006 - August 2010

Chief Consumer Officer–PADI

July 2021 - April 2023

Led the consumer business division of the world’s largest scuba diving certification and training agency that positively transforms lives and creates ocean change by making the wonder of the underwater world available to all. Oversaw consumer marketing, consumer membership, data/analytics and the world's largest scuba diving-media band—Scuba Diving Magazine.

SVP, Managing Director–Bonnier Motorcycle Group

August 2010 - October 2020

Complete P&L responsibility for the world’s largest two-wheel media company managing a staff of as many as 50, operating 12 brands across video, digital, mobile, print, custom content, event and consumer-engagement platforms. Brands include Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Cycle Volta, Dirt Rider, Cruiser, On Two Wheels, MC Garage, MC Commute, and other media titles.

Vice President–Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

March 2005 - November 2006

Operated a leading sports management and consulting firm. Functions included management of racetracks, sanctioning bodies, race operations, athletes, brands, licensed merchandise, sponsorship development, race teams and media rights in the highest-level two and four-wheel, national and world championship racing series.

Oversaw the ticketing, marketing, sponsorship sales, merchandise and promotions departments of one of the world's most iconic auto, motorcycle and bicycle racing facilities hosting sell-out, global events.

Vice President–AMA Pro Racing

January 2002 - November 2005

Managed marketing, sponsorship and television media for the AMA Superbike, Motocross, Supercross, Supermoto and Flat Track Championships while assisting in corporate communications, event sanctioning and competition rule making.

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Former three-term, industry-elected Board Member for the industry association group for all powersports in America. Chairperson of the Aftermarket Committee. Actively lobbied in Washington D.C. with the MIC Government Relations staff.

Acting Treasurer on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit, youth-sports league that promotes good sportsmanship, mutual respect, cooperation, and fair play in a esteem-building environment.

Bachelor of Science, Economics–UCLA

I achieved a degree in Economics in 1991 with study emphasis in accounting, finance, statistics and calculus all while competing in global professional motorcycle roadracing.

Skills and Personal Information

I speak limited Spanish and have experience with Trello, Salesforce, Tableau, GA, Shopify, NetSuite, ad tech and most common project management, CRM and ERP platforms. I'm an active cyclist, motorcyclist, scuba diver, and Type 1 Diabetes advocate with a wife, three wonderful children and dogs.

Conan O'Brien

"If you work really hard and you are kind, 
amazing things will happen."

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