Three local dealerships owned by the Windy City Motorcycle Co. have earned the coveted Silver Bar & Shield award from Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
The award recognizes commitment to excellence in customer service and business performance. Windy City dealerships earning this honor are Fox River Harley-Davidson in St. Charles, Illinois Harley-Davidson in Countryside and Starved Rock Harley-Davidson in Ottawa.
The Windy City Motorcycle Co. was founded in 2001 by local couple Ozzie and Jill Giglio. The pair began with Wildfire Harley-Davidson in Villa Park and 14 employees. To date, they now have 10 dealerships and three retail centers in Illinois and Wisconsin and they employ more than 400 people.
Presented by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., the Silver Bar & Shield Circle of Achievement is given to dealers based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction and operational measures. These dealers were near the top 5 percent of Harley-Davidson dealers in the country.
"We're proud to present these high honors to the Windy City Motorcycle Co. in recognition of the outstanding work being done at Fox River and Starved Rock," said Mike Kennedy, Harley's vice president and managing director for the U.S. "Dealers like the Windy City Motorcycle Co. are a big reason why Harley-Davidson is one of the most respected and recognized brands in the world and why we enjoy having the loyalty and commitment of our riders."
Owner Ozzie Giglio said the Windy City Motorcycle network pf dealers is devoted to community service and philanthropy.
"While we aren't in business to win awards, it always fills us pride when our hard work and commitment to excellence is noticed by the Harley-Davidson Motor Co.," he said.
The Windy City network teaches more than 1,000 students to ride each year, delivers more than 3,000 bikes around the country, and is one of the nation's largest OEM motorcycle retailers. Windy City riders have raised substantial donations for charities such as autism and lymphoma charities and LymeAid. The humanitarian work of Windy City and its riders is felt on a regional and national scale as they contribute greatly to Operation Support Our Troops.
Windy City also employs veterans from all military services, a number of whom are combat veterans of the Middle "By employing hundreds of local men and women, we make every effort to ensure that we are continuously building jobs and offering employment to our neighbors, as well as providing Harley riders with a network of flourishing, responsible dealerships that can support them and meet their every riding need," Giglio said.