Posted on Mar 30, 2016

The 27th Annual Heartland STEAM conference is set to convene on April 1-3, 2016, in Sioux Falls, SD.  STEAM is an acronym for Seminar To Educate And Motivate.  Hupy and Abraham, S.C. is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this event.  This year, STEAM is at  the Best Western Ramkota, and includes members of the motorcycle rights community from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin and North Dakota. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) conducts seminars and conferences across the country, this one targeting the heartland of America. ABATE of South Dakota is the host this year, and the goal is to train and assist motorcycle rights leaders in defending, building and strengthening their organizations.

The keynote speaker this year is Slider Gilmore, an icon in the motorcycle community, who will present his popular "What Successful People Do" lecture.  The schedule of workshops include varied topics of interest, including how to handle toxic members of an organization, lobbying techniques, federal legislation on the horizon, the growing problem of motorcycle profiling, safety discussions and more.

The conference ends with a social hour, followed by a banquet with another keynote speaker, Jim "Putter" Putman.  Jim is a member of the NCOM Legislative Task Force, a former South Dakota legislator and a member of the Lawmakers, a motorcycle riding association of legislators and people who have heavily influenced legislation in their respective states. Lawmakers was founded by Sen. Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell when he served as a U.S. Senator for Colorado.

Always scheduled in the spring, the STEAM is designed to energize the motorcycle rights community at the beginning of the riding and legislative season each year. Sharing successes as well as failures strenghthens the ability of the rights community to move forward with positive programs while learning how to overcome disappointments and failed strategies.

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Tony Sanfelipo
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