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Women Riders Now – Who Are We?

Learn about the people behind the scenes at WRN


Meet the WRN team, including our Leadership Board members and staff! These women and men play a variety of roles in the motorcycle community, but whether their specialties are test-riding new motorcycles or documenting their riding adventures for our readers, they’re all part of what makes Women Riders Now (WRN) the definitive source for women and motorcycling news. Read these bios to learn more about our contributors' backgrounds, and be sure to check out the page for WRN Founder and Editor Genevieve Schmitt.


Leadership Board

 

Genevieve Schmitt, Founder

Genevieve is a leading expert on the subject of women and motorcycling, and has been working full-time as a journalist covering the women and motorcycling "beat" since 1999. A two-time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, in 2019 she was named one of the "Top 100 Leaders in Powersports" by Dealernews, a leading powersports industry trade magazine. The recognition comes just three months after Genevieve was named the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Bessie Stringfield Award by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Read More


 

Erin Sills, Co-Chairwoman

Erin is a 41-time world and national land speed motorcycle record holder and an off-road adventure riding coach. In her professional life, she spent 30 years in marketing and advertising, most recently as Global Director of Insights for Facebook, Inc. In 2016, she packed away the corporate attire to pursue life on two wheels full-time.

Erin has been named the American Motorcyclist Association’s “Female Athlete of the Year” for her motorcycling accomplishments and the American Marketing Association’s “Woman to Watch” for her business accomplishments. In 2014, Erin was named University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business “Alumni of the Year.” Erin and her team at Hunter Sills Racing have set two Guinness Book World Records, and she is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, the El Mirage 200 MPH Club, the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, and the Mojave 200 MPH Club with her fastest average speed of 238 mph to date.

Always seeking a way to give back to the industry, Erin currently serves on the AMA Specialist Sport Commission, the FIM Women in Sport Commission, and the AMA Heritage Foundation board. At heart she is an avid sport-touring traveler, having journeyed over 300,000 miles since she began riding at the age of 35. Erin enjoys advocating for women in motorcycling and, with her late husband Andy Sills, she founded the sheEmoto Scholarship to support women in the sport.


 

Sarah Schilke, Co-Chairwoman

Sarah is an avid street and off-road rider who has more than two decades in the motorcycle industry under her belt. She originally got into the motorcycle field as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach and continued her career in motorcycling from there, working with several aftermarket companies, including Hein Gericke and Schuberth, as well as the American Motorcyclist Association and the International Motorcycle Shows. Most recently she led BMW Motorrad’s marketing team until moving to her hometown with her current position as BMW Motorrad’s NW Regional Aftersales Area Manager.

Sarah was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and was an original member of the International Motorcycling Federation’s (FIM) Commission on Women in Motorcycling. She is a lifetime member of the AMA and has received numerous leadership awards in motorcycling including "Powersports Industry Leader" by Powersports Business and was named one of the "50 Makers of Motorcycling" by Bonnier Motorcycle Group.

Finding inspiration in the excitement of people entering the sport, Sarah continues to mentor novice riders, especially women riders, and enjoys meeting new friends through the bonds of the international motorcycling community. When she isn’t on two wheels, Sarah enjoys family time and participating in her local MINI Motorists club, a Rotary service club, and a local German language group.

In her role as Co-Chairwoman with WRN, Sarah focuses on content strategy and promotions.


Staff

 

Tricia Szulewski, Editor

Tricia has worked in the motorcycle publishing industry for more than 20 years, working full-time as the Creative Director and Staff Writer at TAM Communications, publisher of the best-selling motorcycle magazine on the newsstand, American Iron Magazine. While at TAM, she’s worked on its other motorcycle publications, such as Motorcycle Tour & Cruiser, RoadBike, Motorcycle, and Garage Build magazine and has written hundreds of stories for all of these titles, from motorcycle reviews to gear reviews, tech and how-to installs, riding skills, tours, and more. She began sharing her stories and photos with WRN in 2014, and today heads up the editorial department. As Editor, Tricia’s WRN duties include writing, editing, and proofing stories, as well as performing a myriad of other tasks that help keep this website running smoothly.

Tricia began riding motorcycles in 1995, and in 2008 she became an MSF RiderCoach and is now the site manager of Connecticut’s Fairfield range where she runs an annual women-only Basic RiderCourse. She especially enjoys sharing her passion for motorcycling with other women, and is always looking for opportunities to mentor new and experienced riders.


 

Janice Godwin, Managing Editor

We met Janice when she was heading up the team for the Revved-Up Women Motorcycle Expo in San Antonio, Texas—the first time the top motorcycle manufacturers came to a women’s motorcycle event to get feedback from the attendees. Janice is responsible for continuing and growing the vision for WRN, and running the day-to-day operations including editorial and social media. Janice is also founder and president of Special Audience Marketing, Inc a research and communication firm that connects buyers with companies through research, events, social media, online marketing, and traditional advertising. Her favorite riding adventures have been in the Italian Alps, Ireland, Montreal, and Buda, Texas. Currently, her bike has no engine, but she is working on it! She lives in Austin, Texas—the new corporate headquarters of Women Riders Now.


 

Tammy Huoni, Business/Advertising Manager

Tammy keeps us all in line. She is a consummate professional with an ever-present “can-do” attitude. Tammy excels at building relationships with both advertisers and vendors with a goal of providing custom-tailored solutions for every advertiser.

Tammy brings a wealth of experience to the WRN team. Prior to joining WRN, she was the Financial/Administrative Manager for an Austin independent automobile dealership and was the Office Manager for an investment company.

 

Christopher S. Harris, Creative Director

Christopher specializes in creating and maintaining brand identities across print, digital and broadcast media. He has spent over two decades producing creative, results-driven advertising and marketing campaigns, websites, packaging…you name it. Christopher oversees all creative work at WRN and works closely with our advertisers and contributors to capture their unique cultures and personalities.

Before joining our team, Christopher handled everything from product launches to large campaigns for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from start-ups to national brands in both the B2B and consumer arenas. He’s worked for clients in a wide variety of industries including fashion, retail, high-tech, nonprofit and health care.


 

Isabella Merjanian, Social Media Editor

Isabella works closely with our editor and content contributors to create a voice for our community across social platforms. She brings expertise in fine arts and technology to keep WRN, and women riders in general, on the front page of the online community of riders. She is originally from Canada, but now lives in Austin, Texas.



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