Marilyn Stemp Back As Editor Of IronWorks Magazine

Effective immediately, Marilyn Stemp occupies again her post as Editor of IronWorks Magazine that she created in 1989 with her late husband Dennis Stemp. In addition her 22-years old son Vincent is joining the magazine as a Tech & Trends Editor, something his father would be very proud.

Marilyn, known as one the hardest working women in the industry and a friend of all in the business, holds a journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University and with the magazine since its inception has handled all staff positions, from editorials to collecting comprehensive buyer’s guides. Vincent just finished up his technical writing degree, and on a daily basis rides his mother old Sporty…With IronWorks coming back full circle, the industry is unanimously happy to see the Stemp Publishing Company well and alive.

55 Responses to “Marilyn Stemp Back As Editor Of IronWorks Magazine”

  1. 1 Rick Fairless Nov 15th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Welcome home my friend Marilyn & Son!

  2. 2 BigWave916 Nov 15th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    This is great news. I had the pleasure of meeting Marilyn at V-Twin Expo in 2006. Magnetic, charismatic, personable, the list goes on and on………… happy to see her back in the editors chair.

  3. 3 raga Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    no mention of steveb who actually made this boring thing fun to read and relevant…

    not nice

  4. 4 Wiskybilt Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    It’s good news Marilyn and Vincent. Keep the good work coming. Great mag.

  5. 5 Mr. Potts Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’m glad to see things are changing at Iron Works. This magazine has become one big advertisement circular. All the articles appeared to be supplied by the manufactures highlighted in every story. I read one issue where there were two different stories about the same leather business and it appeared all the information was supplied by the people who the article was featuring. I was expecting the title of the magazine to change from Iron Works to Klock Werks with every new issue!
    I hope it returns to it’s previous glory and I will be one of the first to request a new subscription!

  6. 6 Kirk Perry Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Technical writing’s fun until you begin noticing that most manufacturer’s instructions are written either wrong or for an earlier version of the product.

    Sometimes I re-write their instructions as I try to follow them. It can drive you crazy if you let it.

  7. 7 Bob Mckay Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Welcome back !!! Marilyn has always been very supportive of my shop and along with Dennis they featured many of my Custom Bikes over many years. It is nice to see good people still in this business…Bob

  8. 8 Jeff Nicklus Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Welcome back Marilyn!

    Over & Out,


  9. 9 Steve Kelly Nov 15th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I have to say that I liked the direction that Steve B took the magazine in, I hope that his talents find another good editorial spot in which to sparkle.

  10. 10 howard kelly Nov 15th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Marilyn has a passion for that magazine…it will be fun to see what she does with it. Congrats Marilyn!

  11. 11 Charlie Lecach Nov 15th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Glad to read good news about Marilyn, she’s one of the sweetest persons around !

  12. 12 Eric Maurer Nov 15th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    After never really caring for IW much over the years, just started buying Iron Works with Steve running things. The articles seemed to be more modern, less about HOG chapter bikes and geezer glides and more about modern bikes (like the Lok Baker feature). I sure hope that fresh approach continues on. We have enough stock bike avertorials on the shelves (but as we all know too well, ad revenue is what keeps the lights on). Look to some of the

    Good luck Steve in whatever you do next!
    Good luck Marilyn and Vincent on returning and new adventures!
    Good luck Iron Works!


  13. 13 Stephanie Nov 15th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Marilyn is simply one of the best there is. See you in Cincy Marilyn!

  14. 14 Paul Nov 15th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Been a staunch supporter w/ Berner at the helm. Can’t imagine a better writer… Hope all goes OK!

  15. 15 DUHL Nov 15th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I love Marlyn

  16. 16 Sara Liberte Nov 15th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Nothing can replace the passion that comes from within; you can not replicate that no matter how hard you try. All the hard work, long hours; that is a labor of love that Marilyn and Dennis put into the magazine at it’s inception, how exciting to see that passion and drive back with Marilyn and now her son.

  17. 17 raga Nov 15th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    what happened to Wade Ramsey, publisher

  18. 18 Jon Langston Nov 15th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I truly hope Marilyn, Vincent, & the staff continue in the direction in which Steve Berner was taking IronWorks. As stated above, it had a more modern, fresh focus, and was far more visually enticing than in the past.

    Good luck to all!

  19. 19 Kevin Nov 15th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Good luck to Steve B.

    Sorry this article is so short without more info.

    Is it Good Luck to Steve B. or has he taken another role?

    … and the beat goes on in the world of editors coming and going.

  20. 20 Jon Langston Nov 15th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I, too, enjoyed where IW had been going of late, and the “fresh focus” referred to above. I hope the new (old) editor keeps the wheels turning in that direction.

    Here’s hoping Berner winds up somewhere next to his espresso machine.

    Best of luck to Marilyn & Vincent!

  21. 21 Tamara Smith, James Gaskets, Inc. Nov 15th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Since Steve Berner had become to many of us, the face that we associated with Iron Works in recent years, shouldn’t there have been some mention of him in this editorial. He too was very enthusiastic about the magazine, and his contribution shouldn’t go without mention.

    I don’t agree with the statement that the technical articles written by manufacturers, with Steve as Editor, were for the purpose of advertising products. Our VP/Engineer did several technical articles this past year, with only the slightest acknowledgement that he was even associated with James Gaskets. He is knowledgable and thorough on many of the technical issues associated with gaskets and sealing technology, and that’s what he wrote about and was published. We have never even advertised through Iron Works unless they picked up a press release and ran it, but have never purchased an ad, so in Steve’s defense that just wasn’t the case. I don’t remember thinking that Bert Baker’s technical articles came across as advertisement either; he had fun with it, and also shared his technical expertise on a subject that he is more familiar than most. That’s what Steve was looking for.

    I think it’s great to see a family business thrive; especially when they are passionate about it, and I wish the Stemp’s great success. I just think it’s a shame that Stever Berner wasn’t acknowledged.

    Tami Smith

  22. 22 Kustoms and Choppers Nov 15th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I have a feeling Iron Works will keep up the good work

  23. 23 rob Nov 16th, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Always been one of my favorites…………..

  24. 24 Rogue Nov 16th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Marilyn and Vincent
    If there is anything I can do to help Iron Works and or either one of you Please let me know.

  25. 25 JEFF COCHRAN/Speedking Nov 16th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Steve is a very intelligent guy & strikes me as the kind of person that realized a long time ago that everything happens for a reason, & to just role with it. I wish him luck in the next step.
    Marilyn is one of the sweetest nicest people in the industry, I always look forward to seeing her kind smile at an event. Good luck to both of you

  26. 26 Bill Schwab Nov 16th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Marilyn is just one of the nicest people there is. Great to hear she’s back. She is always the first person I look for at any event to say hello to.

  27. 27 Gina Woods Nov 16th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Congrats to Iron Works Mag. It’s been a pleasure to work with so much talent the last several years!
    I enjoy Steve’s artcles, talks and banter on the program. Wade has been a huge asset to the show with his weekly Industry knowledge segment, Marilyn is a hoot, an all round down to Earth Industry leader that is a joy to see at any and all times. Paul has been a friend for years and is full of (BS) wit & humor (sorry paul – jk!) Congrats to Vincent for joining such a winning team – Good Luck to all!

  28. 28 Pepper Massey Nov 16th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Well done, IW, and congratulations, Marilyn!

  29. 29 Duane Ballard Nov 16th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Marilyn is as good as they come. She has always been very supportive. Every time we cross paths its like seeing an old friend. I’m looking forward to seeing changes with the magazine.

  30. 30 Mike Tomas Kiwi Indian MC Co Nov 16th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    The IW crew over the years has always been nice and sincere to work with. A classy outfit all the way around.
    Its great to see family working together.
    Congratulations to Marilyn and Vincent.

  31. 31 Xianleather Nov 16th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Steve b had the eye behind the camera which made this Magazine what it was in recent years, to have no mention, no thank you is in bad taste . It will never be the same without Steve pulling the trigger. Sad they couldnt have kept him on the staff in some creative force . However, Steve is a positive guy in all respects and will rise above….

  32. 32 Robert Filla Nov 16th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Congratulations to you both, Marilyn & Vincent.

  33. 33 BigRick Nov 16th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Welcome home Marilyn…we missed you!

  34. 34 chaos cycle Nov 16th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    While i dont know Marilyn or her son, I am more than suprised by this move. Steve B.made Ironworks a magazine with its own feel and to be honest a huge improvment over what it was including its online presence, which seemed to be improving daily. Steve has always been a face Im happy to see when im at rallys and shows. I would say im gonna miss him but any magazine out there would be lucky to have him so i am sure he will be back soon.

  35. 35 Cris Sommer-Simmons Nov 16th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Great news! Marilyn is truly inspiring… Glad to see her doing what she loves. Motorcycle magazine people are a unique breed. Good luck and I’m so glad your son is joining you. How fun is that?

  36. 36 steveb Nov 16th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    well, ahem….. a big thanks to all of my contributors, friends, supporters, readers and advertisers who liked what I was doing well enough to stick with the magazine (or join in) and invest in it over the past two years, it was a dream job for me and I am thankful I had the chance to do it…

    a big thanks also – to all of the artisans, craftsman, talented shops, characters, manufacturers, bike owners and bike builders who i had a chance to spend time and work with to produce a fun magazine that was fun to read and to look at, what a treat – I hope I did you proud

    So the plan is to stick around, I don’t think I am quite done yet.

    Please stay tuned and stay in touch!


    stephen berner /steveb

  37. 37 Larry Langley Nov 16th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I’ve known and worked with IW back when Dennis was still alive and have always enjoyed. it. Hope everything works out for Marilyn and Vincent. Didn’t know Steve but he seems to have a loyal following and I wish him the best. Talented people will always find a niche.

    Good luck to all involved!

  38. 38 Joe Mielke Nov 16th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    The Queen of the motorcycle industry.
    Love you Marilyn!

  39. 39 Genevieve Schmitt Nov 16th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Nice to see a woman back at the helm of a major motorcycle magazine. That’s my beat…. so I notice those kinds of things 🙂

    Congrats Marilyn!

  40. 40 Little Bear Nov 17th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    While they tout serving their readership the current crop of motorcycle magazines are nothing but adwells. Ever seen one call a new part a piece of garbage when that part manufacturer buys ad space? And they are also too repetitive. How many “ride stories” can you read? “We left late and met up with Stinkie and Big Mooch. We got rained on and Rooster’s magneto took a dump. We partied hard, met lots of old friends, and made many new ones.” Oh, Gawd!

    And no personal offense, Genevieve, but if I wanted a woman’s point of view I’d sit in my living room and pay attention to my old lady . . . lol!

  41. 41 Joe Mielke Nov 17th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Oh Little Bear, The irony is that faceless handles on the net that post like you do is “also too repetitive”.

    Lots of women riders out there, why wouldn’t they have a voice. If you choose to ignore them as riders that’s just too bad. Too bad for your old lady as well. And I’d hazzard to guess that Genevieve and Marilyn ride just as much or maybe more than you do.

    I wouldn’t normally reply to something like this but the crisp South Dakota air must have me in a little different posture this morning. Rip on me if you want, but I won’t reply. Ive already done too much. Now I’m part of the problem!


  42. 42 Gina Woods Nov 17th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    ha ha joe – way to go!

  43. 43 Murdoc Nov 17th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Marilyn is class act and great at what she does – Best of luck!


  44. 44 Jaywalker Nov 17th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    SteveB took IronWorks into a new era with its online presence, but the repetitive design on the stories got a bit old. I enjoyed the stories more when they had large photos cover two whole pages (pre-SteveB era) instead of the tired look of a large picture that only covered one page, with smaller pictures under it. I hope this is something that they bring back. I wish both SteveB and Marilyn the best of luck on their future endeavors.

  45. 45 Curt! Nov 17th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Marilyn is one classy lady. Probably the most accessable figures in the motorcycle industry. I’ve had a number of interaction with her over the years. She always answers my e-mails, and always a time to taklk when I’ve seen her at the Expo.. Now, they just need ro get Dain back in the mix somehow.
    Congrats Marilyn! I W is my favorite magazine.

  46. 46 Curt! Nov 17th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    What a crappy job of posting, Curt! Editing required ;-}

    Marilyn is one classy lady. Probably the most accessible figures in the motorcycle industry. I’ve had a number of interactions with her over the years. She always answers my e-mails, and always has time to talk when I’ve seen her at the Expo.. Now, they just need ro get Dain back in the mix somehow.

    Congrats Marilyn! IW is my favorite magazine.

  47. 47 You Don't Know Jack Nov 17th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Great news for a great lady. Next time we run into each other at the Charlotte airport YOU sit with Cyril.

  48. 48 luckyMe Nov 20th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations Marilyn. Best of luck Stephen. Looking forward to IronWorks in the future.

  49. 49 Mike corbin Nov 21st, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Much pretitier than the rest of our industry editors too !

  50. 50 MJ Reynolds Nov 21st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Welcome back Marilyn! I enjoy your stories a lot and also your photography! I hope you have the most fun ever working with your son on Iron Works, carrying on a family tradition. Love and Light. Mary Jo

  51. 51 Bill Bomberger Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Great news! i remember meeting Dennis and Marilyn at a swap meet in Harrisburg just as they were getting the little ITN off the ground and went on to have the fortune of being the focus of many of their features through our joint roadracing sponsorship and projects we did together. Super memories and now this.Its only fitting. congrats and welcome back!!!

  52. 52 Ted Nov 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Welcome back Marilyn! I wish I was your son, what a great life Vincent is going to have!
    For those of us who are Steve B fans, we will miss your writing and photo talent, your view of the world and dogged pursuit of the motorcycle craftsmen in the USA. Many thanks and best wishes.


  53. 53 Axel Dec 5th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I thought Iron Works was improving before Steve B, and that he accelerated the improvement. I hope Marilyn can do the same, but I am still perplexed about why Steve got the boot. No info on the net, none in Steve’s post. Today is the first I’d heard of his leaving, and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

  54. 54 Pipes. Jan 9th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Marilyn Welcome back!!! Steve B Has done a great job With Iron Works, Hope to also see him in the future, Iron works has always given great features on my Shop and motorcycles, And we Look forward to continue to work with Marilyn and Iron Works Magazine,
    ” Ride On” Robert Gilliland Customs.

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