MIC Gas Tank Finalists to Compete at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide

The Motorcycle Industry Council’s 2018 Gas Tank Competition finalists will display their innovations and share their business plans at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide this month in Las Vegas.

The Motorcycle Industry Council’s 2018 Gas Tank Competition finalists will display their innovations and share their business plans at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide this month in Las Vegas, having already won prize packages that include travel expenses, booth space and access to media at the giant powersports trade and consumer show.

At the expo, they will compete to be named winner, second place or runner-up by presenting their business plans to industry VIPs on Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. in the show’s Media Hub. Judging will be industry experts Bob Althoff, dealer principal, A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson Family of Dealerships; Andrew Leisner, senior vice president, managing director Bonnier Motorcycle Media; Kim Harrison, general manager, Coleman Powersports; and Jessica Prokup, marketing director, Twisted Throttle.

After months of working one-on-one with industry mentors and building winning business plans, the finalists are:

  • Chris “Tice” Theis and Phil Theisen, XDL Events LLC, booth 2804
  • Jen Burch and Jon Dazeley, Hightail, booth 2800
  • Leslie Padoll, Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber, booth 2801
  • Sean Stephens, Alan Hill, Alex Leonov,  MotoLink LLC, booth 2805

“Encouraging new entrepreneurs and innovators is important for the powersports industry and something the MIC will always support,” said Tim Buche, MIC president and CEO. “New ideas, new products and new services drive the industry forward, and we’re glad to see the continued interest in our Gas Tank Competition. We’re also glad to know that contestants learn a lot by being paired up with a veteran industry mentor, gaining valuable insights coming from years of experience.”

Gas Tank is open to individuals and groups, women and men, anyone with a new product or service idea. Entrants in the next competition must submit an application and “elevator pitch” video by Jan. 31, to be considered for the 2019 mentorship program. Those selected will be paired with an industry leader, who will offer coaching and advice on developing a business plan. Final business plans must be submitted to the Gas Tank Competition by June 14.

Up to five finalists will be chosen by July 8, to attend the 2019 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio on Sep. 26-29. The finalist prize package will include travel, booth space and valuable industry access. The show brings industry, press, dealers and consumers together in one arena and is the single most important event of its type in the North American market.

Finalists must be able to appear in person at the expo to present their business plan to an industry panel. Pitches will be evaluated on monetary growth potential, overall strategic plan, strategic partners, scalability, innovation, impact and viability and other criteria.

Please contact Cam Arnold at [email protected] with questions about the Gas Tank Competition.

You May Also Like

Industry Veterans Marilyn Stemp and Steve Piehl Appointed to Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame’s Board

Stemp and Piehl will begin serving on the board immediately.

Marilyn Stemp and Steve Piehl

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame recently named Marilyn Stemp and Steve Piehl to its board of directors.

Stemp is a pioneering figure in the motorcycle industry, founding IronWorks Magazine with her late husband, Dennis, and becoming the first female editor of a nationally circulated, mainstream motorcycle magazine. She also revived their trade magazine, Iron Trader News; edits the monthly Kiwi Indian News; contributes to several powersports media outlets; and is the founding editor of Sturgis Rider Daily. Stemp is a noted editor and writer of several motorcycle-focused books. Her consistent support for charitable efforts in the industry include the annual Biker Belles Celebration, Las Vegas BikeFest and as campaign chair for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s development plan in 2014. She co-founded the Flying Piston charity events taking place in Daytona and Sturgis each year and is a National Ambassador for All Kids Bike. Stemp was inducted into both the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Sturgis Museum's Hall of Fame in 2018, and in 2022 she was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Powersports by DealerNews.

MIC Statistical Annual Now Available

Get ahead of the motorcycle sales season.

Motorcycle Industry Council
REV’IT! TAILORTECH Design Challenge Offers U.S. Riders Chance to Win Custom Race Suit

Submissions will be accepted through April 21, 2024.

racing suit
Vespa World Days 2024 Set to Run April 18-21

The National Vespa Clubs from 55 countries come together, uniting thousands of Vespas from five continents.

Vespa World Days 2024
Mips Becomes Official Safety Partner of the FIM Motocross World Championship

This exclusive collaboration promotes enhanced safety awareness across the MXGP series.

MXGP/Mips partnership

Other Posts

Rekluse Team Names Randy Mullinix Product Manager

Mullinix comes with a tenure of two decades at leading OEMs.

Randy Mullinix
Indian Motorcycle Announces Sponsorship of Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

Indian’s sponsorship includes the season’s first Owners Ride, Custom Bike Display and demo rides of the all-new Scout lineup.

Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2024
Iron Pony Motorsports Acquires Honda/Suzuki/Can-Am of Jackson

The company expands its footprint in Ohio.

Iron Pony Motorsports
MAP Services Corp. Adds 13 New Brands to Portfolio of Clients

MAP Services leverages AI to enforce MAP policy and monitor compliance.

MAP Services