The Waterkotte Family Sells Waterkotte Harley-Davidson in Mount Vernon, Illinois Through Performance Brokerage Services, a Harley-Davidson Dealership Broker

Waterkotte Harley-Davidson

Performance Brokerage Services, a new car and Harley-Davidson dealership broker is pleased to announce the sale of Waterkotte Harley-Davidson in Mount Vernon, Illinois from the Waterkotte Family to Rodney Cabaness in June 2017. Gary Surdyke acquired then Dale’s Harley-Davidson from Dale Walksler in 2000. For nearly ten years, the dealership generated nearly 20 million dollars in sales annually. However, in 2008 they experienced a decline with the failing economy. Gary and Linda Surdyke have ten children, all of which grew up in the Harley-Davidson business. As an attempt to pass the business onto their children, Gary offered the dealership to his daughter, Rebecca and her husband Matt Waterkotte who changed the name to Waterkotte Harley-Davidson in 2014. Gary Surdyke commented, “After receiving many announcements of Harley-Davidson dealerships that George Chaconas and Performance Brokerage Services had sold over the years, I reached out to him to help my daughter and son-in-law sell Waterkotte Harley-Davidson. It was a very complicated and difficult transaction and I want to thank George for his perseverance, professionalism and commitment to seeing the deal through to closing.”

Rodney’s lifelong dream of owning a Harley-Davidson dealership became a reality in 2007 when he acquired Campbell’s Harley-Davidson from Ms. Linda Campbell, later renamed Black Diamond Harley-Davidson. Rodney Cabaness owns and operates Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion, Illinois, only 40 miles away from Waterkotte Harley-Davidson. This made for a perfect strategic acquisition to expand their footprint. Rodney Cabaness shared, “This deal would not have happened without the involvement of George Chaconas from Performance…

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