Rodney C. Gott

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Chief executive of AMF and the man behind the takeover of Harley-Davidson in 1969. AMF's business was mostly based in industrial products, and Gott wished to expand into the leisure industry to balance the company's investment. He was an enthusiast of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and sincerely wanted the company to succeed, but was convinced that rapidly expanding production and non-family management were the answer. As a motorcyclist, however, he did understand the market, something that his successor Tom York (who came from an accounting background) did not.