Hall of Fame Highlight Class of 2019: Jill Parham

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame would like to congratulate this year's outstanding new group of inductees. For the full story, join us at the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 // 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

 
Jill Parham
 

Jill Parham

It is rare that a husband and wife can work closely side by side in the same business. In 1979 Jill helped expand company focus from swap meets to mail-order parts sales. After working two jobs for over 10 years, and now seeing some family income from J&P Cycles, Jill quit her job in 1991 and moved to J&P Cycles full time. Eventually, J&P Cycles became the world's largest retailer of aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories. In the period of the Industry’s greatest growth, Jill became a pioneer in the motorcycle industry, one of the early women leaders in a historically male-centric industry. Jill continues to inspire women in the motorcycle industry and comments on her contributions to J&P Cycles, ”Relationships were very important to John and me and I did very well establishing some of those". Jill says one of the events which really brought growth and expanded the J&P Cycles customer base was the Sturgis Rally.

It is fitting that Jill is honored in 2019 as it marks 40 years of her dedication to motorcycling and motorcycle riders as well as the 40th anniversary of the company she co-founded, J&P Cycles. This induction is on behalf of John and Jill’s many great friends, the thousands of employee riders of J&P Cycles over the past 40 years, and its millions of customers. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is honored to recognize Jill Parham’s contributions to motorcycling and supports the preservation of her legacy.

Stephen Garvin