2017 SYMPOSIUM PANEL – MY MOTORCYCLE LIFE


MARILYN STEMP
MODERATOR
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MEET MARILYN STEMP

IRON TRADER NEWS
"MY MOTORCYCLE LIFE" MODERATOR - 2017
"TWO-WHEELED TRANSFORMATION" MODERATOR - 2016

In 1989, Marilyn Stemp and her husband, Dennis, started IronWorks Magazine. It combined his artistic creativity, entrepreneurial fearlessness and passion for motorcycles with her journalistic fussiness, organizational skills and attraction to mechanical pursuits. Both Marilyn and Dennis had experience in the printing industry and graphic arts, which ensured IronWorks would read well and be graphically classy. IronWorks began as an extension of their hobbies and quickly took over their lives.

When Dennis passed away in 2001, IronWorks provided a platform for the rest of Marilyn’s life as she continued its editorial mission. This work opened doors to opportunities that expanded her worldview and informed her choices, often in unpredictable ways. If you know bikers, you know that’s true.

IronWorks provided Marilyn with a forum to tell the stories of remarkable motorcycles while also learning about the lives and motivations of the people who build and ride them. She snubs the theory that sound bites reign and instead takes the time to dig deeper and connect the dots. 

When the publisher of IronWorks ceased publication of the title in early 2014, it was time for transformation once again. So Marilyn announced a new title that's really an old title: Iron Trader News. This was the name Marilyn and Dennis gave their original publication back in early 1989 and it had become the springboard for IronWorks.

Through Iron Trader News Marilyn and her staff continue to pursue motorcycle riding and wrenching with spirit, instinct and authenticity. Iron Trader News is a forum for original voices bringing readers the best in biking while retaining the level of excellence readers expect.

Marilyn also freelances for motorcycle industry and consumer publications and was a Biker Belles Symposium Panelist in 2012. She recently authored Harley-Davidson® CVO™ Motorcycles: the Motor Company's Custom Vehicle Operation published by Quarto Group USA and edits the Sturgis Rider Daily onsite at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Rally. Other editorial pursuits include the monthly Kiwi Indian E-News and original content for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show. When she’s not promoting the world’s most comprehensive and authentic Evel Knievel collection for the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas, she rides a mid-‘90s Sportster and is restoring a 1954 Flathead.


MALINDA JOHNSON
PANELIST
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MEET MALINDA JOHNSON

OPEN ROAD GIRL
"MY MOTORCYCLE LIFE" SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2017

Open Road Girl is not only a brand of apparel but it's also a lifestyle. Malinda‘s vision for her company has grown beyond creating cool stuff to wear to becoming a rallying brand for sisterhood and empowerment. A bike owner since 2005, Malinda has shared her challenges as a beginning rider as a way to encourage other women to follow her lead in fueling their personal passion for riding and connecting with others for camaraderie and friendship out on the open road. Today, over 60,000 female riders have bonded over Malinda’s inspirational message of self-discovery and determination to find her own path. With her as an example–they are embracing their desire to ride and in turn are encouraging other women to discover that joy.


VALERIE THOMPSON
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MEET VALERIE THOMPSON

WORLD'S FASTEST FEMALE MOTORCYCLE RACER
"MY MOTORCYCLE LIFE" SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2017

Valerie Thompson, 7x land Speed Record holder has become the reaching a speed 304.263 (489.663 km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, on September 1, 2016. Valerie and Team 7 Racing are in preparation for a world record attempt for the overall motorcycle land speed record in 2017. Current record is 376.363 mph.

Thompson is often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed”, she has earned the famed “Red Hat” in the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, and is a member of the prestigious Bonneville BUB Speed Trial 201 MPH Club. Valerie has also earned her place in the Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, the ECTA 200 MPH Club, the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club and the Colorado Mile, including a personal best of 217.7 MPH (350.53 KM/H) on a BMW S 1000 RR at the Texas Mile in 2014

Valerie started her drag racing career in 2006 on quarter-mile tracks in the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) and returning 2017 to the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series. Her desire to go faster, and break more records, led her to form her own land speed-racing team, Valerie Thompson Racing, in 2012.

Racing Awards & Accolades
Valerie’s full-throttle lifestyle has inspired filmmakers, authors and songwriters alike. She is featured in the 2013 documentary film, “Why We Ride,” the Discovery Channel program “Mega Speed,” and the Bonneville Stories” video, profiling the life of a professional motorcycle racer in a tough, unforgiving and dangerous career. She has even been featured in a GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial!

The award- winning rock band, CTS, wrote the popular song “Quarter Mile” for Valerie and she received the Red Carpet Award for her inclusion in Delores Seright’s book, “Amazing Women: Shattering Barriers.” She is also featured in the 2013 book, “90 Years BMW Motorrad.” Valerie’s leathers and other racing gear are currently on display at the Hopkins BMW Motorcycle Museum in Highland, Maryland.

Off Track
Valerie surrounds herself in a world of speed even off the racetrack, working as vehicle presenter at Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC and Metro Auto Auctions in her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Between her work, racing commitments and many special appearances each year, Valerie donates time supporting and inspiring children overcoming personal challenges with charitable organizations, which earned her the 2011 American Women Riders Community Hero Award.


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2017 SPECIAL GUESTS


DIVA AMY SKALING
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MEET DIVA AMY SKALING

TEAM DIVA
BIKER BELLES AMBASSADOR
“RIDE ON” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST - 2014

“Anything worth doing is worth OVERdoing.” This is the credo Diva Amy Skaling lives by. Diva Amy is the owner, designer, and creator of all things for Team Diva, a company specializing in headwear and accessories. Team Diva boasts customers around the globe including Poison’s Bret Michaels. The company is presenting this year’s Biker Belles Comfort Zone.

Diva’s favorite color is leopard, and her preference for shiny is Swarovski. These crystals can be found all over her bikes, helmets and clothes. Diva owns two custom-painted and embellished motorcycles that she designed and executed herself. Her zip around bike is her little “Fattie”, and her touring bike is her beloved “Diva Glide.” Diva has personally put almost 70,000 miles on her Diva Glide, and she’s proud to say it’s never been in a trailer! 

While creating her bikes, the goal was to create something that would bring smiles to all faces that see it. Getting the thumbs up while on the bike is her tonic. Diva aims to show people that reinvention at middle age is possible and there is no time to waste. 

Diva Amy also hosts a ride benefitting Helping with Horsepower during Arizona Bike Week.


CRIS SOMMER SIMMONS
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MEET CRIS SOMMER SIMMONS

MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAMER
"MOVING FORWARD" SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2013

Cris has enjoyed a lifetime love affair with two wheels. An eager passenger on her stepfather’s motorcycle at age 9, she got her first motorcycle (a Yamaha Twin jet 100) at 14, her first Harley at age 19 and has been riding ever since.  She was a longtime member of the Women’s International Motorcycle Association and in 1984, co-founded the 2nd Chapter of Women in the Wind. In 1985 Cris co-founded the world’s first motorcycle magazine for women called Harley Women. For over 5 years she acted as co-publisher and editor, often riding her motorcycle across the country to find the stories. On one such ride in 1989 she met her husband-to-be, rocker and fellow motorcycle enthusiast, Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons.

For several years starting in the late ‘80s Cris appeared in countless national newspaper articles, radio and television talk shows as a representative and advocate of the growing number of women who rode their own motorcycles. In 1988, she was awarded an Honorary Lifetime membership to Women in The Wind. Cris is a 25 year AMA member, a Lifetime HOG member as well as a Motor Maid and a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. In 1990, she was honored as a pioneering woman motorcyclist in the American Motorcycle Associations’ Women In Motorcycling exhibit.

After selling her interest in Harley Women, Cris began a 15-year stint as a freelance motorcycle journalist, writing extensively for several magazines in the U.S., including American Iron, Motorcycle Collector, Iron Works, Easyriders, V-Twin, as well as magazines in Japan, Spain and in Australia.  Cris penned her own column for over 12 years in the popular Japanese Harley magazine Hot Bike Japan and is currently the women’s editor for American Iron magazine. She also speaks about women in motorcycling at events around the country.

In 1994, Cris wrote and self-published the award winning children’s motorcycle book Patrick Wants to Ride, for which she was honored with the AMA’s Brighter Image MVP Award.

Then, in 1995, Cris was one of 4 women featured in an original documentary on women motorcyclists for Turner Broadcasting called Biker Women.

In 2003, she was proud to be inducted into the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa Iowa and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio. In 2008 she was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

In July of 2009, she released the popular book ‘The American Motorcycle Girls 1900-1950” (which is still one of the top selling motorcycle history books.).  Later that year Cycle Source Magazine named Cris the “Motorcycling Woman of the Year” for 2009.  

In Sept. of 2010, Cris rode her 1915 Harley-Davidson, Effie, 3,200 miles in the pre-1916 motorcycle cross country Motorcycle Cannonball. The grueling 16-day endurance ride started in Kitty Hawk, NC and ended up in Santa Monica, CA. Out of the 45 riders entered, she was one of only two women registered, and the only American woman rider. She made it all the way to Santa Monica and took 20th place.

In March of 2011, Cris released The Cannonball Diary, a book about her journey riding Effie across the country.

In the Fall of 2013 Cris and her husband Pat rode their 1914 and 1915 Harley-Davidsons 1,000 miles from Sturgis, SD to Milwaukee, WI to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson.

In 2014 the pair also rode the 4,100 mile pre-1937 Motorcycle Cannonball on their 1934 and 1929 Harley-Davidsons. Again in 2016, they both rode the Motorcycle Cannonball again, on their 1914 and 1915 H-Ds from Atlantic City, NJ to San Diego, CA.  The pair are also looking forward to the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball, (on the same early bikes), riding from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.


GLORIA STRUCK
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MEET GLORIA STRUCK

FEATURED SPEAKER 2015
HONORARY GUEST 2012-2016

While Gloria Tramontin Struck came from a motorcycling family, she didn't originally have any burning desire to ride. In fact, in 1941, when she was 16, her older brother decided to teach her to ride while she told him tearfully, “I don’t want to know how to ride.” Well, he won out, and since then she has owned 14 bikes—three Indians and 11 Harleys. She now rides a 2004 Heritage Softail Classic.

Gloria was born in 1925 behind her family's business, the Lexington Cycle Shop, in Clifton, NJ. The business had been selling bicycles and Excelsior-Henderson motorcycles since 1915. When she was only three years old, her father, Ernest, died at the age of 32, leaving her 28-year-old mother, Pierina, to take over the shop. Pierina became an Indian dealer in the ‘30s until her retirement in 1947 when Gloria's brother, Arthur "Bub" Tramontin, took over as a Harley Dealer. Bub's son is now the third generation to operate the business that will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015.

In 1946, at age 21, Gloria joined the Motor Maids. She and the founders’ daughter, Betty Fauls, are the club’s longest standing members still riding. Two years ago, the two were the first in the Motor Maids’ history to be honored for 65 years of active riding.

Gloria has logged over 500 thousand miles, riding all 48 continental states many times over. She has made the trip to Daytona Bike Week numerous times since 1951, and she attends many Rallies, Motor Maid events and conventions from New Jersey to California.

PAST PANELISTS & SPECIAL GUESTS


LETICIA CLINE
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MEET LETICIA CLINE

MOTO-JOURNALIST
IRON LILLIES CO-FOUNDER
"TWO-WHEELED TRANSFORMATION" PANELIST - 2016

Leticia Cline grew up with her dad building bikes in the living room of their house. Her baby photos show her sitting on rat bikes and choppers and after a while it just became instinctual. She favored the smell of grease over flowers. Her dad put her on a Honda 50 when she was 4 and she never looked back. Together they would spend summers in his garage taking apart bikes, polishing all the pieces and putting them back together, he would handle each piece as if it were a rare and ancient artifact all while telling her what it’s function was and how it related to life. He was quite the philosopher and at the time, to a pre teen little girl it was annoying.

Once she got older she started to appreciate his life lessons more and they would ride to biker events together. When she started announcing for Supercross and Motocross races she would bring her dad with her and then when she had my son she bought him a Honda 50 for his 4th Birthday to continue the tradition.

Leticia’s father passed away the summer of 2008 and it devastated her. She rode his Softtail to the funeral, and then she never got on a bike again until spring of 2014. Before then her life was consumed with a motorcycle race every weekend, dealers conventions, motorcycle events and just riding, but she suddenly found herself unable to go to any of those things. She changed her life completely, moved to NYC and became the director of Marketing and PR at a fortune 500 company. The stage was set for her to be the next powerful lady in business but it just wasn’t her.

After five years of being on autopilot Leticia woke up and moved to back Florida to find herself again. In March 2014 she took her son to Daytona Supercross. The smell of the exhaust and dirt, the excitement on her little boy’s face as he watched the race only assured her of where she belonged. The ride home was emotional, but she knew what she had to do. The next day she rented a Thruxton, rode 300 miles to a motorcycle event and bought her dad a patch to place on his grave. The following week she purchased her Iron 883 and now she rides all over the country.

Leticia was afraid that riding would be to unbearably sad to not share it with her father, but strangely she feels closer now to him than ever. And that’s one of the great things about motorcycles: they’re more then a form of transportation… they're a form of transformation.

Currently Leticia is a journalist for some of the top motorcycle magazines and blogs. Everyday she get to test parts, gear, and motorcycles and write about it. She’s also a MSF Rider Coach and has an all-women's traveling class planned for 2017 along with a 10,000 mile trip across America with Kristen Lassen called The Lost Latitudes.

Leticia am the co founder of an all-womens, all-Harley riding club in Orlando called the Iron Lilies, LLC www.theironlilies.com


KARLEE COBB
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MEET KARLEE COBB

KLOCK WERKS KUSTOM CYCLES
YOUNGEST RACER EVER TO SET RECORD ON BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS
"TWO-WHEELED TRANSFORMATION" PANELIST - 2016

Karlee Cobb works full time at Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell, SD, in accounting, customer service, apparel management, and as a racer. Karlee was the youngest to ever set a record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2008, at the age of 14. She has attended the Jason DiSalvo Speed Academy and ridden on the Barber Motorsports track in Alabama. In addition she attended the Lynn St. James “Women in the Winner’s Circle” school while still in high school. Karlee has also designed two motorcycle customizations, one for Triumph and one for Indian, and received national recognition.

Accomplished at her young age, Karlee works as a volunteer to inspire young girls with her mom, Laura Klock, and the other volunteers that run the Helping With Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program. Karlee also recently stepped into a lead role with Mitchell Animal Rescue.


JESSI COMBS
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MEET JESSI COMBS

MOTO-CELEBRITY
“PAVING THE WAY” PANELIST - 2012

Black Hills native Jessi Combs is a fearless young lady blessed with a passion for anything with a motor. After achieving a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication, Jessi's skills and outgoing personality led her to host automotive television—teaching millions of viewers how to build projects the right way. A long list of TV programs have allowed Jessi to share the message that women can get dirty, build cool machines, drive fast, and still be the beautiful and unique creates God created us to be. She has built a mission around that very statement by creating a fab shop catered toward providing a comfortable working environment for women, as well as a non-profit that promotes and empowers women in the automotive and industrial arts industries. 

Jessi has appeared on “Mythbusters,” “Xtreme 4x4,” “Full Metal TV,” “All Girls Garage,” “Overhaulin',” and “The List; 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die.


COOKIE CRUM
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CLAUDIA GARBER
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MEET CLAUDIA GARBER

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY
“PAVING THE WAY” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2012

As Director of Market Outreach for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Claudia Garber leads the strategy of inspiring more women to enter the sport of motorcycling. Prior to this current position, she served in marketing, communication and product planning roles for Harley-Davidson’s Asia Pacific and Latin American regions.

Garber joined Harley-Davidson in 2006 after a successful career at Case New Holland, a global manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment. During her 16 years at Case New Holland, Garber held a variety of marketing, communication and brand management roles, the most recent being Director of Strategic Marketing. She has an M.B.A. from “Thunderbird”, the American Graduate School of International Management, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Garber, her husband and two sons reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She currently rides a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo.


ANDIE GASKINS
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MEET ANDIE GASKINS

FAST ANDIE RACING
“RIDE ON” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST - 2014

Andie Gaskins has only been riding since 2007, but you wouldn’t know it from her already stellar résumé. This unassuming mother of two may be small in stature, but makes up for it as a fierce competitor on the drag strip. Over the past few years, Andie has competed in the Sturgis drag circuit, finishing second in overall points her first year, followed by a points championship in 2009. She also has competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association during the Sturgis Rally, qualifying in the number one spot in the Super Eliminator class in 2009, and then qualifying in the number one spot and winning the Super Sport class in 2010. 

For the past two race seasons, Andie worked with the world class George Bryce of Star Racing (most wins as crew chief in NHRA). After training with George in Florida, she is back at the racetrack and more focused and fast than ever. 


CAT HAMMES
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MEET CAT HAMMES

ONELEGGEDBLOND.COM
“RIDE ON” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2014

Cat Hammes uses her own misfortunes and struggles to inspire others. In May of 2006, she suffered a devastating motorcycle crash, resulting in skull fractures, broken bones, a collapsed lung and the eventual amputation of her left leg. By medical opinion, she should have been dead. After the crash, she was left with a mangled Harley, along with a broken mind, body, and spirit. 

During the toughest time of her life, Cat battled back, developing a brand new attitude on life and figuring out what to do “when death throws you back.” As she went through rehabilitation, she met veterans who had suffered far greater losses than she could imagine. Inspired, Cat began sharing her story with hopes of helping others get through their own seemingly impossible situations. When she’s not cruising on her Harley-Davidson Fatboy, Cat spends her time rehabbing, volunteering to help veterans and educating the public on amputee issues, motorcycle safety and Riding Above the Tombstone. 


TRISH HORSTMAN
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MEET TRISH HORSTMAN

BAKER DRIVETRAIN – FORMER MARKETING DIRECTOR
“MOVING FORWARD” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2013

Growing up around motorcycles and being an artist, Trish developed a keen sense for blending the two in her role at BAKER. She was with the company from 2004 to 2014 and worked closely with Bert and Lisa Baker to help develop, maintain, promote and strengthen the core brand. She rides a 1972 Ironhead XLCH and balances a busy life between BAKER and her tattoo shop My Little Needle Tattoos in Detroit, as well as contributing to Garage Girls and working as partner on Throttle Gals Magazine.


IRON COWGIRL MISSY
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IRON COWGIRL MISSY

2016 will be Iron Cowgirl’s seventh year as a Buffalo Chip showcase artist, and she will be performing her raw, emotionally drive music at the 2016 Biker Belles Lunch.


MEG MCDONOUGH
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MEET MEG MCDONOUGH

RIDE EXPERT
CO-FOUNDER OF BIKER BELLES

Meg McDonough’s riding history is twelve years long, but her love and enthusiasm for the sport make it seem as if she’s been riding all her life. Her riding career started in 2003 with the purchase of a brand-new Road King Classic. Since then Meg has taken that bike through 39 different states and logged countless miles. 

Meg’s passion and devotion for the biker way of life earned her the honor of becoming the very first female officer within the legendary Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. Originally she was offered the position of road captain, but two short years later Meg was elected vice president of the renowned group. Meg has used motorcycling to help her overcome personal obstacles and provide a sense of happiness in her own life.


LAURA KLOCK
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MEET LAURA KLOCK

HELPING WITH HORSEPOWER
KLOCK WERKS KUSTOM CYCLES
“PAVING THE WAY” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST - 2012

Named Cycle Source Magazine’s Motorcycling Woman of the Year in 2008, Laura Klock is described as “a true enthusiast, a real person with a great sense of self and purpose”. As Vice President of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, Laura has worked alongside her husband, Brian, to grow their company to over 350 Klock Werks Brand part numbers, including their well-known FLARE™ Windshield. 

In 2006, Laura set a national land speed record on a bike they built for the Discovery Channel Biker Build-off, making her the pilot of the first “World’s Fastest Bagger.” Since then Laura and daughters Erika and Karlee have become the first mother-daughter-daughter trio in the history of land speed racing to hold records at the same time. Laura has participated in all-woman bike builds, was Crew Chief for “Team Effie” in the Motorcycle Cannonball, is a Motor Maid, a certified MSF Rider Coach, and the facilitator of programs to strengthen the lives of young women through Helping with Horsepower™. 


AUDREY NESBITT
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MEET AUDREY NESBITT

RUSS BROWN MOTORCYCLE ATTORNEYS
“RIDE ON” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2014

Audrey Nesbitt was the National Online Director of Marketing & PR for over seven years at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. During her time there, Audrey was a key proponent of safety in the motorcycle industry. She constantly promoted the industry to readers and followers through the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys blog and large social media reach—championing awareness of important motorcycle related issues such as Russ Brown’s '”Keep Me Alive Don't Text And Drive” campaign, the importance of proper riding apparel, state specific road regulations for motorcyclists, defensive driving skills and plenty of others. From writing about great women in the industry to human-interest stories to safety tips and what's new in the industry as a whole, Audrey's enthusiasm and passion for the motorcycle industry clearly shows through in her work. 

Audrey has been influential in supporting many major motorcycle events like Rolling Thunder® INC, Ride for Freedom, Biker Belles, the Legends Ride®, the Freedom Celebration Ride and the BAM program - Russ Brown's free emergency roadside and legal assistance program for riders Nationwide.


BRITTNEY OLSEN
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MEET BRITTNEY OLSEN

21ST CENTURY RACING

Bio coming soon!


CHRISTINE PAIGE DIERS
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MEET CHRISTINE PAIGE DIERS

STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME
“PAVING THE WAY” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2012

Christine Paige Diers was the Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame from 2007-2015. Here, she is responsible for community, government and public relations, fundraising, board relations and staff oversight. In addition, Christine designs and installs exhibits at the museum.

Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Christine worked in public and media relations, association management, and spent several years as a news reporter and news director for a variety of public and commercial radio stations.


JODY PEREWITZ
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MEET JODY PEREWITZ

PEREWITZ CYCLE FAB
LAND SPEED RECORD HOLDER
"TWO-WHEELED TRANSFORMATION" PANELIST - 2016

Jody Perewitz has been around motorcycles all her life and is very well known in the motorcycle community. She’s in charge of marketing for the nationally known Perewitz Cycle Fabrication of Halifax, Massachusetts, makers of award-winning customs.

Jody Perewitz has become one of the most recognizable women in the motorcycle industry today. Jody has paved her own way into history by becoming the first woman to ever jockey an American V-Twin powered motorcycle into the record books at well over 200 MPH. She currently holds 12 Landspeed records, one of which is a World record. She has her sights set on new records in 2016, with a brand new bike, boasting another American power plant. Jody has plans to take her new machine past the 220 mph barrier.

When Jody is not blasting down the Bonneville Salt Flats or melting some asphalt at air strips across America racing she handles the marketing and most of the day to day activities at Perewitz Cycle Fab located in Halifax MA. She works side by side with her father legend Dave Perewitz. Having a great teacher Jody knowledge grows everyday. Not only is Dave teaching her about the business but also how to paint. The Perewitz name is world renown in the custom paint world for producing some of the most sought after customs to ever hit the streets across the globe.

Make sure to follow Team J’Witz on all their record setting runs at www.facebook.com/teamjwitz


VICKI ROBERTS-SANFELIPO
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MEET VICKI ROBERTS-SANFELIPO

SAFETY EXPERT

Vicki “Spitfire” Sanfelipo is best known in the motorcycle community for her efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists through First Response Education. Vicki, an RN/EMT, established Accident Scene Management (ASM) in 1996. Since then, ASM has become the Leading International Motorcycle Trauma Training organization and is the only accredited Bystander Program in the United States. 

ASM’s goal is to have instructors in every state some day and is currently working to establish a “Motorcycle Trauma Best Practice” model that can be adopted in every state. To date, over 25,000 Motorcyclists and Professional Rescuers have been trained.

Vicki’s passion for motorcycling has manifested itself in other areas as she:

  • Is a keynote speaker on motorcycle safety
  • Has appeared in a number of TV interviews
  • Is a motorcycle safety columnist for Allstate Rider News
  • Has written and produced several videos on motorcycle safety
  • Has appeared in several books about female riders, most notable “Biker Chicks of North America”.
  •  Joined the Iron Butt Association in 2009.
  • Co-founded “Women In Motion”, a group of 25 trained female Road Guards. Vicki has been Road Guarding and leading group rides since 1996.
  • Co-founded “Road Guardians,” an organization that promotes lifelong learning and a commitment to motorcycle safety.
  • Co-founded “Diamond Posse,” women serving veterans.

Although from Wisconsin, Vicki has deep roots in the Black Hills. In 2002 she married Motorcycle Hall of Fame recipient, Tony Sanfelipo, on the same day he was inducted into the Hall of Fame as the first Freedom Fighter. Tony & Vicki were the first people to ever be married on the arm of Crazy Horse Mountain.


SHELLY ROSSMEYER PEPE
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MEET SHELLY ROSSMEYER PEPE

DAYTONA HARLEY-DAVIDSON
“MOVING FORWARD” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2013

Bio coming soon!


SARAH SCHILKE
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MEET SARAH SCHILKE

BMW MOTORRAD USA
"TWO-WHEELED TRANSFORMATION" PANELIST - 2016

Sarah Schilke is an avid street rider and off-road rider who has made a career out of her passion with over two decades in the motorcycle industry under her kidney belt.

Sarah currently heads the marketing department at BMW Motorrad USA and has previously held positions at notable powersports businesses such as Schuberth Helmets, the International Motorcycle Shows and the American Motorcyclist Association.

Sarah was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Industry Council and was an original member of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) Commission on Women in Motorcycling. She is a lifetime member of the AMA and was recently named one of the 50 Makers of Motorcycling by Bonnier Motorcycle Group.


GENEVIEVE SCHMITT
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MEET GENEVIEVE SCHMITT

WOMEN RIDERS NOW
“PAVING THE WAY” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2012

Genevieve Schmitt is founder and editor of WomenRidersNow.com, an online magazine for women motorcycle riders and those thinking of riding. As a trained broadcast and print journalist, Genevieve has been working in the motorcycle industry for nearly 25 years and focusing on women for the last 15 years. Through her articles and speeches she has inspired thousands of women to ride a motorcycle. Genevieve is a 2001 inductee into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame for her work raising awareness of women riders.


CRIS SOMMER SIMMONS
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MEET CRIS SOMMER SIMMONS

MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAMER
“MOVING FORWARD” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST - 2013

Cris Sommer Simmons was riding motorcycles at the age of 14 and owned her first Harley at 19. It’s safe to say her passion for the sport was apparent from a young age. Cris co-founded the first ever magazine for women riders, Harley Women. She is a lifetime member of Women in the Wind, Harley Owners Group, and she is a MotorMaid. She had a love for writing at a young age, and her connection with these organizations proved to be the outlet she needed to jumpstart her career in journalism. She began to write extensively as a freelance journalist for a multitude of magazines and publications. American Iron, Motorcycle Collector, Iron Works, Easyriders, and V-Twin are just a sample of Cris’ résumé. She also wrote for magazines on an international level. She penned the popular coffee table book, "The American Motorcycle Girls 1900 to 1950" and was one of two women finishers on the pre-1916 cross-country endurance Motorcycle Cannonball aboard her 1915 Harley-Davidson. Cris is a proud inductee of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame, as well as the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and AMA Hall of Fame.


KRISTY SWANSON
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MEET KRISTY SWANSON

ACTRESS
“MOVING FORWARD” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST - 2013

Kristy Swanson is a highly acclaimed actress, bringing her star power and charisma to this year’s Sturgis Rally. She has been in multiple blockbuster movies. Along with roles in “Big Daddy,” and “Hot Shots,” she is probably best known for her portrayal of Buffy, in the Twentieth Century Fox feature film, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” She has also starred in multiple television show, as well as making guest appearances in such shows as “Just Shoot Me,” “CSI Miami,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Kristy had very little interest in bikes before she met her husband, two-time Olympic bronze medalist Lloyd Eisler, who loves to ride. She purchased a Can Am Spyder and immediately fell in love with the open road. Along with her love to ride, she is equally passionate about helping others, seen from her involvement with charities like the Wounded Warrior Project and the Iraq Star Foundation.


KATHY TOLLESON
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MEET KATHY TOLLESON

ROAR MOTORCYCLES
“RIDE ON” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2014

Kathy Tolleson is the founder and CEO of ROAR Motorcycles, Inc. As CEO of this company, she has helped bring a fresh look to the female segment of the motorcycle industry. Kathy is also the author of “Hear My ROAR, Women, Motorcycles and Mental Health.” The book is a wonderful compilation of life tips related to motorcycling, her story and the philosophy of ROAR. Kathy shares her love of motorcycling and personal anecdotes to help empower women to be all they can be. She started riding at the age of ten and now, at sixty, her passion is to help introduce other women to the sport of motorcycling.

Kathy opened and ran a dealership specializing in the women’s market in Daytona Beach for six years. ROAR has customized and fit motorcycles for women from all over the United States. ROAR has motorcycles in 27 states, Canada, France and Germany. She believes women are hungry for “out-of-the-box” designs, colors, accessories and presentation. Kathy has taught a Pre MSF Course Confidence Building Class to help women bridge their fears and take the leap of taking the MSF Course. 

She is now ready to multiply the ROAR concept through boutique dealerships and ROAR Certified Departments in existing dealership. In 2012, ROAR licensed West Coast ROAR in Vancouver Island, Canada and have recently turned the local Florida market over to ROAR Volusia in order to concentrate on the big picture of ROAR.


TIGRA TSUJIKAWA
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MEET TIGRA TSUJIKAWA

STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
“MOVING FORWARD” SYMPOSIUM PANELIST – 2013

Long-time rider Tigra Tsujikawa is the Marketing & Development Director for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Her career spans two decades and includes stints with such powersports industry leaders as Kawasaki, Fox Racing, the American Motorcyclist Association and Advanstar (producers of the nation's largest motorcycle shows).

During her time with the AMA, Tigra successfully managed the last two AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conferences, Vintage Motorcycle Days and the annual Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies, among other special events. Most recently, she was the Engagement Marketing Director for Advanstar where she utilized her experience to develop rider outreach programs for the International Motorcycle Shows on the consumer side and engage dealers to attend the nation's oldest motorcycle trade show, Dealer Expo.

Her passion for riding has kept her focused on this industry and ways to improve it.  A rider for the past 30 years, she has done some desert racing in the past and is still an active streetbike and dirtbike rider, logging thousands of miles in the saddle each year. 

"I love riding and feel the happiest on two wheels or meeting other riders," she says with a smile.  "I also try to bring new people into the world of motorcycling whenever and wherever I can.”