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WOMEN IN RETAIL
Mary Hughes has owned Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson in Yorktown, Va., since 1978. Since then, she’s grown a Virginia empire of five dealerships that also include Virginia Beach Harley, Harley Haven, Revolution Harley-Davidson and Southside Harley-Davidson.
Jessica Prokup is the owner of Yellow Devil Gear Exchange in Long Beach, Calif., a new and gently-used PG&A consignment store. Prokup’s long list of previous leadership roles include editor of RoadBike magazine, director of emerging market communications for the Motorcycle Industry Council, creator of RockMoto and founder of PowerLily.
Sara Liberte splits her time between being Cycle Source magazine’s photographer and photo editor and co-owner of RT’s North Hills Cycles in Pittsburgh, Penn. She’s also the founder of Garage Girls (www.garage-girls.com), and the author of “How to Repair and Maintain American V-twin Motorcycles.”
Kathy Tolleson is founder of women-centric ROAR Motorcycles, a dealership in Daytona Beach, Fla. Tolleson also is the creator of the WildKaT, the first motorcycle designed specifically for women.
Nicole Espinosa, founder and president of dual sport P&A company Rugged Rider, puts on various charity events in association with her company.
Crystal Gurr is co-owner of Scuderia West Motorcycle Dealership & Repair in San Francisco. Under her leadership, the store has an active Facebook page, and more than 150 positive reviews on Yelp.com.
Virginia (Jenny) Frieze started working at Frieze Harley-Davidson in O’Fallon, Ill., about the time she married the store’s founder, Russ, more than 30 years ago. She started part-time doing clerical work. Over the years her responsibilities expanded to a full-time position. In 1998, Russ (who passed away in 2002) stepped down as general manager, and she filled the position. Dealernews honored Frieze and her store’s green initiatives on its February 2009 cover.
Pat Busch is owner of Doc’s Harley-Davidson in Kirkwood, Mo., which was co-founded by her grandfather in 1955. Pat was a Harley-riding hair stylist for 30 years before taking over the store when her bother suffered a debilitating illness. She saved the dealership from closure and lead it to its current greatness. Doc’s won the Top 100 Grand Prize in 2007.
Leslie Porterfield was named as the 2008 AMA Racing Female Rider of the Year, holds three land-speed records, and is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. She is also the owner of High Five Cycles, a used motorcycle dealership in downtown Dallas. Porterfield became the Guinness Book of World Records’ Fastest Woman in the World on a Motorcycle with her land-speed record set at Bonneville in 2008.
WOMEN IN AFTERMARKET
Arlene Battishill is owner and founder of GoGo Gear and Scooter Girls. Battishill’s Euro-inspired scooter gear is not only fashion-forward, but safety-conscious (made with CE-certified armor and abrasion-resistant fabric), too.
Denise Maple, founder of fast-growing VaVaVroom, has just branched out with VaVa’s first riding jacket. The brand also features comfy, high-quality, moto-themed casual wear.
Tina Hollaender, president of Motolight, is credited with growing the halogen auxiliary light company from scratch into what it is today.
Sarah Schilke has held positions with several industry companies and organizations, including the AMA, Fairchild Sports and Advanstar Communications. She’s currently marketing and PR manager for Schuberth North America. In 2007, the became the first female member of the MIC’s board of directors.
Teri Lynn was a Marines aircraft mechanic and instructor for nine years before entering the industry as a product specialist for Icon Motorsports. After a stint with Scorpion Sports, today she is East Coast regional manager for Leatt Brace and media relations manager for her husband’s company, Matt Lynn Racing.
WOMEN IN MEDIA
Shira Kamil is a veteran rider and co-publisher of Backroads magazine. Kamil has been publishing and writing for the magazine for more than 15 years.
Amy Holland, founder, editor and publisher of Friction Zone, a free motorcycle magazine, covers issues like motorcycle safety, popular moto hangouts and travel.
Christa Neuhauser is editor and publisher of RoadRUNNER magazine, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. The magazine features travel, product reviews and news pertaining to the industry.
Tricia Szulewski is art director and staff writer for RoadBike magazine (TAM Communications). Szulewski is responsible for layout and design, and frequently writes articles to provide the women’s perspective of events and news.
Joanne Donn is the brains behind GearChic, a website dedicated to helping women find and choose protective motorcycle gear. Donn’s other industry contributions include working as an MSF RiderCoach, as a sales associate at Scuderia West, and as a frequent contributor to WKBN’s “Two Wheel Power Hour.”
Alisa Clickenger, an adventure-touring blogger, quit her job to travel the world on two wheels. She writes about it on her popular blog, MotoAdventureGal, as well as gives lectures on topics pertaining to women.
WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
Stephani McIntyre is co-founder and organizer of Women’s Sportbike Rally, an annual weekend getaway for women riders benefits the Tiffany Weirbach Melanoma Foundation. McIntyre herself is a melanoma survivor.
Stefy Bau, an award-winning motocross and supercross racer, has a career studded with firsts, including being the first woman to compete in World Motocross event in Italy. Bau is currently working directly inside the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme's women's commission, and is the owner/instructor of 211 MX School and a speaker at women's conferences around the world. She is the former general manager of the FIM Women’s World Motocross Championship.
Sue Slate and Gin Shear are the women behind the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation which, since 1983, has worked to raise money and awareness to breast cancer research. Slate and Sheer were named motorcycling pioneers by the AMA’s Heritage Foundation.
Sharon Cancel is executive coordinator of the National Sport Bike Association, a collective that helps riders and clubs with legal, legislative and other issues.
WOMEN IN RACING, WRITING
Leah Petersen is a photojournalist, writer and professional stunt rider. Petersen is also the founder of StuntBums (www.stuntbums.com) a website for stunters that offers news, tips and videos.
Rachael Westfall is working on her first novel, which features a female rider as its main character. Westfall also works as a technical services administrative assistant for Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA, is an MSF RiderCoach, and is a graduate of MMI.
Ashley Fiolek is a two-time Women’s Motocross Association champion. Profoundly deaf since birth, Fiolek dethroned then-five-time champ Jessica Patterson in 2008 to become the youngest WMA champion ever.
Bonnie Strawser founded Femmoto in 2001 as a women-only track day. Today it’s an organization that “looks to fill the void for women motorcyle riders who are looking not only to improve their riding skills with on-track instruction, but who need information, contacts and specialty services/products.”