Topeka businessman honored for bringing national treasure to Capital City

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TOPEKA (WIBW)-- A local businessman who took a leap of faith and reintroduced the world to an American stunt performer was honored Tuesday night.

Mike Patterson, owner of Historic Topeka Harley Davidson, received the 2017 Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year Award.

Patterson was instrumental in bringing the Evel Knievel Museum to the Capital City. The addition built onto the Harley shop opened last May and USA Today named it one of the nation's top 10 best new attractions.

Patterson says he owes his success to his family, team and the city of Topeka.

"To be able to have something that actually is bringing people to Topeka and contributing to our economy that's pretty special to us, it's a big effort from a lot of people, and we are proud of the results," Patterson said.

Patterson's family has been in the motorcycle business for 69 years.