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

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Harley-Davidson and new car dealership broker, George C. Chaconas of Performance Brokerage Services announces the sale of Waterkotte Harley-Davidson in Mount Vernon, Illinois from the Waterkotte Family to Rodney Cabaness in June 2017.


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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 Brokerage Services. Having worked with George in the past, he reached out to me about an opportunity in my market. George is a good guy to know in our industry. He was very professional and persistent and helped immensely in us buying Waterkotte Harley-Davison.”

Waterkotte Harley-Davidson will operate under its new name Roadhouse Harley-Davidson and will remain at its current location at 205 North 44th Street in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

George C. Chaconas, the exclusive agent for this transaction and the head of the National Harley-Davidson and Powersports Division for Performance Brokerage Services commented, “It was a pleasure working with the Surdyke and Waterkotte families and wish them luck on their future business endeavors. I wish Rodney Cabaness much success with his strategic acquisition.”

About Performance Brokerage Services

Performance Brokerage Services, an auto dealership broker, specializes in professional intermediary services to buyers and sellers of automotive, Harley-Davidson and Powersports dealerships.

The company offers a different approach to the automotive, Harley-Davidson and Powersports industries by providing complimentary dealership assessments, no upfront fees, no reimbursement of costs and is paid a success fee only. Performance Brokerage Services gets paid only after the client gets paid.

With over 25 years of experience, the company utilizes an extensive network of industry related accountants, attorneys, hundreds of registered buyers and enjoys longstanding relationships with most of the auto manufacturers and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The intermediaries at Performance Brokerage Services have been involved in well over 600 transactions. Pledging loyal and unwavering representation, confidentiality is vigilantly protected during the selling process and after the transaction closes.

With corporate offices in Irvine, California, six regional offices in Utah, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Alberta and Ontario, and a dedicated Harley-Davidson and Powersports Division, Performance Brokerage Services provides its clients national exposure with local representation. For more information about the services offered by Performance Brokerage Services, visit

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