Richard F. Teerlink, a CPA by education and training, has served as an auditor, controller, strategic planner, plant manager, and vice president. His greatest success is the turnaround of Harley-Davidson. He joined the company in August 1981, two months after the management buyout, as Chief Financial Officer. In 1982 Teerlink was elected to the Board of Directors. He was one of the driving forces behind the financial strategies and tactics that led Harley-Davidson back to success. In 1986, he led the effort to guide the firm back to public ownership. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Harley-Davidson, Inc. in May 1996 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from March 1989 to June 1997.