Legislative Update - August 2016
Meet Mike Infanzon, the New Designated Lobbyist for ABATE of AZ
By Sean Pinder
ABATE of AZ Board Chairman
At the Board Meeting held in High Country, Mike Infanzon was appointed as the designated Lobbyist for ABATE of AZ. This is an important role for ABATE of AZ and immediately Mike, Johnny D (PAC Officer) and Vic Grady (Motorcycle Day at the Dome lead and Sergeant at Arms) engaged in productive dialogue. During the meeting there were numerous objectives and strategies proposed for an effective Lobby Team from ABATE to move forward. ABATE of AZ is grateful to Mike stepping up to fill the vacancy of Lobbyist.
See his Bio below:
Act now by signing the American Motorcyclist Association’s petition to voice your concern. The pro-ethanol group is pushing hard and we need as many motorcyclists as possible to sign the AMA petition to ensure our voice is heard.For the past twenty plus years, I have always looked for a way to quench my desire to challenge myself. From my two enlistments in the Marine Corps to starting numerous new business ventures, my desire to go above and beyond where most individuals just stop has enabled me to succeed and grow in everything I have been a part of.
My name is Michael Infanzon. I am still married to my high school sweetheart. My wife and I have three boys and two girls ranging in age from 31 to 13. I am a former active duty Marine originally from Miami, Florida but have lived in California and Arizona since 1984. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California. I earned my Master in Divinity degree from Golden Gate in Mill Valley, CA and my Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Cal- Poly, SLO. I am not sure why I keep going back to school besides for my own self-enjoyment and knowledge. I know that sounds strange, but that is just me being me.
I also own Monkey Butt Garage. It is an independent shop specializing in building, restoring and customizing motorcycles. I write on a consistent basis with a weekly blog: http://monkeybuttradio.blogspot.com/
Being a second generation ABATE member has been an honor. My father fought for the “right to decide” with ABATE of California for many years beginning back in the 70s. He passed away last year and I felt it was my obligation to take up the torch where he left off.
The journey of my life has taken some turns over time but it has been a fun journey. I subscribe to the philosophy of “It’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey”. How we travel through life will shape who we are and what we will become.
More from Sean:
I was honored to Chair the appointment of Mike Infanzon and look forward to his contributions to ABATE and Motorcycling in AZ. Please, welcome and support his efforts so the entire organization is behind Mike.
A note from Mike:
I want to start off by thanking the board of directors for allowing me to have this opportunity to serve the motorcycle community of Arizona. I had given this a lot of thought over the past year or so. Mary K and I first talked about this last year and after numerous conversations with Mike Schneider I felt I bring a few things to the table.
I wanted to let the ABATE of Arizona membership know that I will work hard for you and your rights but I will need your help. I will need you to be an active member in your chapter. I will also need you to show up in force when needed. Vic is taking lead in coordinating the Motorcycle Day at the Dome in February. This will be another great advantage for ABATE to get to know your legislators and for them to know that the people do care about their state. We need your help and attendance to make this the biggest turn out we've had.
We have such a diverse group of members in ABATE of Arizona. We need your talent to get things done. Johnny D has been working feverishly and I am looking forward to see what we can do together for the motorcyclists in Arizona.
I have read the member survey and will do whatever I can to get our elected officials to pass a motorcyclist anti-profiling bill. I will also be visiting the different chapter meetings from time to time to give you a face to face update on what is going on.
If I can do anything for you, please feel free to contact me.
See you on the road.
State Designated Lobbyist, ABATE of Arizona