When Michael Hartness was just 13 years he got his first job in the industry starting at the bottom. He was hired by a local dealer to pick up trash. His hard work led to a promotion washing motorcycles. Another promotion had him then un-crate the new motorcycles that came in. Before long he was not only un-crating them but also building the motorcycles. The promotion continued as Michael was later given a position as a service mechanic and eventually became the service manager, including parts. After 10 years of working for the dealership at the young age of 23, he bought them out.
The 1st dealership open in 1983 & he took on a Suzuki franchise shortly after. He was in the top sales in the US for Suzuki for several years. In 1995 he opened a 2nd location in Longview NC then moved it into Hickory NC. He opened a 3rd location in 1998 in Elkin NC.