Powersports Associations Expand Government Relations Team

Don Amador will lead efforts in the western states.

As the new western states representative, off-highway vehicle (OHV) icon Don Amador will liaise with land managers, clubs and officials in a newly created position with the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. Amador will continue to develop and enhance working relationships with key decision makers and program leads across a variety of agencies in the West, including USDA Forest Service – Region 5, Bureau of Land Management, federally recognized Tribes, state OHV commissions, state highway patrols and the California Air Resources Board. 

“Protecting our land access and promoting safe and responsible use of public lands is my life’s passion and I can’t wait to put that to use for the industry and OHV users in the Western states,” Amador said.

“Don’s long-held leadership position in the Western state OHV community will enable him to immediately make a positive difference for riders, drivers, the training community and the broader powersports industry,” said Scott Schloegel, senior vice president of government relations for the associations.

Amador has worked in the trail advocacy and recreation management profession for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as the government affairs lead for AMA District 36 in Northern California. Amador is a core team member of FireScape Mendocino and serves on the board of the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance. From 1994 to 2000 he served on the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission. In 2018 Amador received the Friend of the AMA Award, and he was a 2016 Inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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