Nov 1, 2013

Former Harley-Davidson CEO to Share Industry Insight at B&P Industry Icon Event

Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Jeffrey Bleustein, former CEO of Harley-Davidson, amid premium networking. Bleustein will share his three plus decades of industry insight at the second event of the 2013-14 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P) on November 21, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Last month, more than 130 gathered for the first of this season’s four widely acclaimed Icon events. Once again, they’ll be gathering in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres (dietary laws observed) and networking will begin at 6:00 pm, and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Bleustein joined Harley-Davidson in 1975 and retired as Chairman of the Board in 2009. He also served as CEO from 1997 to 2005. His decades at Harley-Davidson were marked by his personal initiatives and the company's success. After Bleustein and 12 other executives purchased the company in 1981, Harley-Davidson accelerated back into the lead as heavyweight motorcycle in the US, a status it continues to retain. Previously, Bleustein had been an Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale University.

“We’re extremely proud and excited for the opportunity to learn from Jeffrey Bleustein at our Industry Icon Series,” said Robert Marton, who co-chairs B&P with Gary Lesser. “His insight, entrepreneurship and stories will be of high interest and high value across B&P’s broad range of industries and professions.”

“This Icon Event continues the premier quality of networking and speakers in B&P Division’s second season. In just a year, B&P became the place to be for premium learning and networking with business people, professionals and entrepreneurs from Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach,” added Lesser. “We’re making meaningful professional and personal connections through high-level networking, programs with experts, and philanthropic activities - that are good for business as well as our community.”

The season’s Industry Icon Series will continue on January 29, 2014 with Florine Mark, CEO of Weight Watchers Group; and on March 26, 2014 with Stephen Sadove, CEO of Saks Incorporated.

The couvert is $36 per person. Registration is available online at For more information, contact or 561.852.3128.

Bibby Financial Services is the generous sponsor of the B&P Division; TD Bank is the generous sponsor of the second Industry Icon event. The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive B&P Industry Icon Series magazine sponsor. Commercial Printers is the Federation’s in-kind printing sponsor.

Jeffrey Bleustein

Jeffrey Bleustein joined Harley-Davidson in 1975 and retired as Chairman of the Board in 2009. He retired in 2005 as Chief Executive Officer, a position he held since 1997. Mr. Bleustein's three decades in management at Harley-Davidson were notable for both his personal initiatives and the Company's success. In 1981 a group of 13 executives purchased Harley-Davidson from AMF. As one of the 13, Mr. Bleustein helped the company regain market share; and by 1987 Harley-Davidson recaptured its position as the leading heavyweight motorcycle in the United States. It continues in that position today. Mr. Bleustein started his career at Harley-Davidson as Vice President of Engineering and served in that role until 1984. Over the ensuing years he assumed senior management roles in virtually every operating area of the business. In 1993 he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1997 he became President and Chief Executive Officer, and in 1998 he assumed the additional role of Chairman of the Board.

Prior to joining AMF, Mr. Bleustein was Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale University from 1966 through 1971. He holds Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Brunswick Corporation and Kohler Co. and has served on the Boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. From 2002 to 2003 he was a member of the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce, an advisory group to the U.S. Department of Labor under President Bush.

Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for fifty one years, and they divide their time between Boca Raton, Florida and Greenwich, Connecticut. They are the proud parents of two sons and five grandchildren.