Specialty Vehicle Institute of America Elects New Board Chair, Reappoints Officers
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March 21, 2024

IRVINE, Calif., March 28, 2024 — The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America’s Board of Trustees elected Marc-André Deschênes of BRP Inc., as Chair of the Board. Ryan Stiver of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., will continue as Vice Chair, and Landon Ball of Textron Specialized Vehicles will continue in the role of Secretary/Treasurer.

“It’s an honor to serve as Chair of the Board for SVIA,” Deschênes said. “I look forward to working with other members and the staff of SVIA to continue building public awareness campaigns for safety and training, and working to ensure access to public lands for all. We have a tremendous opportunity for growth and development as many people are enjoying the outdoors with our vehicles, and as workers in agriculture, law enforcement, search and rescue, and other agencies continue to depend on our products to get the job done.”

“We’ll continue to offer free rider training to ATV riders and ensure riders have access to safe vehicles for generations to come,” Deschênes said.

The other Trustees on the board, include Russ Brennan of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.; Michael Mitchell of Polaris Inc.; and Chase Rastegar of Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will appoint a representative in the coming weeks. SVIA member companies also include CFMOTO Powersports, Inc., and newcomer Champion Motorsports Group, LLC.


The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America is the not-for-profit national industry association promoting the safe and responsible use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) through rider training, public awareness campaigns, and state legislation. Additionally, SVIA works to preserve access to off-road riding areas and expand riding opportunities. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), SVIA develops standards for the equipment, configuration, and performance requirements of ATVs. Based in Irvine, Calif., SVIA is sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; BRP, Inc.; CFMOTO Powersports, Inc.; Champion Motorsports Group, LLC; Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.; Polaris Inc.; Suzuki Motor USA, LLC; Textron Specialized Vehicles; and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Visit SVIA online at svia.org. For safety information or to enroll in the ATV RiderCourse nearest you, visit atvsafety.org, or call (800) 887-2887.