LAS VEGAS, NV – January 20, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – 30 years ago Dealernews magazine launched its Top 100 program to salute the outstanding achievements of North America’s powersports retailers. Today the Top 100 Women In Powersports were recognized at a luncheon held at AIMExpo, the industry’s trade show. Ranging from racers and dealers to OEMs and influencers, recognition for women in this industry is long overdue.
“We want to thank you for all you do to sustain and grow our industry; our sport; our lifestyle and our community,” says Dealernews magazine owner (and dealer) Bob Althoff. “Your impact, individually and collectively, is inspiring and vital to the future of powersports. It is our intention to not only recognize you, but to gather your collective contributions in permanent ways.”
To that end, Dealernews will continue to recognize excellence annually as well as feature many of your good works in monthly features… but that is just the beginning. Working in conjunction with the Lilly Project, Dealernews will permanently endow a 501(c) Foundation specifically to encourage women and girls to join our community of riders.
“We will also work to establish a Women In Powersports Hall Of Fame which will recognize in perpetuity the noteworthy lives of women like you,” adds Althoff.
Just as Dealernews has recognized the Top 100 dealers since 1992 the listings have always been alphabetical, not numerical. No “rankings” just honors for an underserved and vital component of the powersports industry. “Back in 2019 the Top 100 concept was extended to recognize industry leaders… then COVID came and we didn’t have a trade show to share the awards program at,” notes editor Robin Hartfiel.
“With the return of AIMExpo, we have the long overdue opportunity to uplift and unite the pioneering women in our industry. Since our awards program has always been about recognizing and honoring the people we respect the most, ‘Top 100’ has been the ultimate industry accolade for the past 30 years… and extending well into the future.”
THE CLASS OF 2022
Lynda Clarke Lahman
Kim Coleman Harrison
Senator Joni Ernst
Jo (Linda) Giovana
Amy Kerr Rodgers
Summer Sands Hoover
Her Two Wheels
From 1965 to 2015 Dealernews played a critical role in the health of our industry. The magazine was where Dealers learned of best practices, explored important issues and participated in the Top 100 Awards recognizing retail excellence. Dealernews has been an industry advocate and a repository for information for the past 50 years… and now it is back.
OF THE DEALER
In May 2016, former Top 100 Dealer Bob Althoff purchased Dealernews — including its print and online archives, digital assets and Top 100 Dealer Awards program from former publisher UBM Advanstar. This ensured Dealernews’ future would now be in the Dealers’ hands.
BY THE DEALER
Dealernews works closely with Dealers across North America to examine the issue and challenges facing the industry. Research and analysis, professional mentoring, thought leaders, columnists, news updates and new product announcements are all tailored to the Dealers’ requests. Profiles of their peers and sharing of best practices are the pillars of the magazine to help the entire industry succeed.
AND FOR THE DEALER
“The new Dealernews is an information consultancy for the powersports retail network. Together, we can position Dealernews for the future and breathe life into our industry!” — Bob Althoff, World’s Luckiest Man