Markel American Insurance Company Sponsors Iron Horse Hotel's Moto Mentor Program

WAUKESHA, WI – March 24, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Markel American Insurance Company announced today their sponsorship of the Build Milwaukee Moto Mentor program for the 2011 contest.

The Moto Mentor program is a new initiative by the Iron Horse Hotel that offers high school students an opportunity to learn motorcycle restoration while developing important business, trade and interpersonal skills.  The program is made up of teams from various high schools in the Milwaukee area.  Each team is given a budget of $2,000 to restore and customize a classic motorcycle.  The finished motorcycles are then displayed at various events throughout the Milwaukee and Chicago metro areas.

In addition to being the logo sponsor, a Markel Associate will also be mentoring one of the teams.  Mark Hoedel, Claims Examiner for Markel American, is one of the team mentors at his former high school, Bradley Tech.

“This is a great opportunity not only to help build some great motorcycles, but to help introduce local high schoolers to the art of motorcycle restoration,” said Ted Wentzel, Markel American’s Director of Marketing.  “We’re so excited to watch the progress and to see all the bikes when they’re finished.”

More information about the project and up to date progress can be found at the project’s website,

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SOURCE: Markel American Insurance Company