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Alumnus Recognized as American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame Legend

The impressive racing and business career of Alumnus Mark Blackwell (BBA, 1985) was celebrated this past fall by the American Motorcycle Association, which recognized the former American Motocross champion as a "Hall of Fame Legend."

Blackwell, a pioneering American Motocross racer in American motocross and a six-time AMA championship race team manager, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. He was invited to return this year and join the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees in October as part of the AMA Legends Weekend, in appreciation for his contributions off the track as well.

A well-respected business leader in the motorcycle industry, Blackwell distinguished himself in his post-racing career by working in management for Suzuki, Husqvarna and Victory. He has credited his education at National University as a key element in making the successful transition from athlete to executive.

“National worked perfectly for me,” Blackwell told Vision magazine in 2007. “I remember writing press releases for a PR class, getting a grade on them, and then using them at work the next day.”

Shortly after earning his degree, Blackwell was hired by Suzuki as an advertising manager. He eventually became the company’s top American employee. Following an impressive career with Husqvarna, the National University alumnus was named general manager of Victory motorcycles in 2000. During his tenure there, he helped to increase sales and build a competitive brand

If the opportunity arises, look for Mark Blackwell at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio. It recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering.