Judges for 2017 will be announced late in 2016.
JUDGES – 2016
(In no particular order)
Kevin Michael – Mr. Mayhem Leather 2015
Kevin Michael, Mr. Mayhem Leather 2015, originally from Asbury Park, New Jersey now calls St. Louis home, after packing up his life to move west to take care of his ailing mother.
Kevin has been active in the community supporting such organizations as Mr. Friendly as part of the Team Friendly Jersey Shore, spreading the word about HIV stigma, promoting the message “Poz or Neg, we’re here for you”, as part of the Jersey Shore Prevention Network, promoting HIV testing, as part of the “Be a Hero and get teste” campaign and also supporting causes outside New Jersey with fundraiser in Philadelphia, PA for the Mazonni Center any way he can (shots, raffles, “other”…)
Kevin promotes the philosophy of bringing together all kinds of cultures (bears, leather folk, puppies, kinksters, youth, seasoned vets) to support each other for common goals, be it HIV, stigma, bullying, suicide prevention, shaming.
By holding the title Mr. Mayhem Leather 15′, via the Bears, Bikers and Mayhem weekend in Gettysburg, PA he brings together the bear and leather community to practice what he preaches… Be the change you’d like to see in the world, without seclusion.
Dan Ronneberg, Mr. DC Eagle 2015
Dan Ronneberg is Mr. DC Eagle 2015. Placing 6th at IML, Dan continues a tradition of excellence for the longest continuously running leather title contest in the nation – Dan’s Sash Daddy, Mr. DC Eagle 2014, Ramien Pierre, is better known as the 36th International Mister Leather. Dan is an Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration and serves as the national chairperson for FAA GLOBE, the FAA’s LGBT Employee Association. He also serves on the board of directors of SigMA, Washington’s BDSM Kink-Fetish social group, and DC Leather Pride. Dan is using his title year to raise money for Whitman-Walker Health, which specializes in HIV health care and medical services to the LGBT community. Dan is also tackling PrEP education and awareness and seeks to open dialogues about safer sex and HIV stigma.
Dan is originally from Chicago, IL and graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1997. He was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force and flew as a pilot for 10 years under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Dan earned his law degree from the University of Denver and is working on his PhD in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He enjoys weightlifting, running (6 marathon completions), relaxing at his family’s cabin in Deep Creek, MD, and catching up on his favorite TV series. Dan lives in Arlington, VA with his two collared boys, Todd and Randy.
Mama Sandy Reinhardt
Mama Reinhardt has been in the Leather Community for over 28 years & very active in the fundraising arena for most of those years. Mama is known for her annual Toy Drive’s for Kid’s living w/ HIV-AIDS” Sunburst Project” , Leather Walk monies raised goes to The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund & The AIDS Emergency Fund, The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Dinner for Women & Men living w/ Breast Cancer & The AIDS Emergency Fund of S.F. and Men & Women living w/ HIV-AIDS. She has Judged countless local, Regional, National /International contest’s Her greatest pride comes from her large diverse Family of over 2000 + & their undying dedication to charitable fundraising. Mama’s Family raises over $3,000,000 a year for non-profit organizations. Mama was chosen Leather Grand Marshall for SF Pride in 2001. Mama’s philosophy is “We are Family, together we can do anything” & Ask yourself what can I do
to make a difference, then do it from your Heart”.
Matthew Bronson, Mr. MAL 2012, Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2012
Even though Matthew started becoming involved with the leather community later in life, that did not slow him down. His leather journey was definitely not a Sunday drive in the park but more like a fast and furious adventure. He always found leather bars as a home away from home, finding friends wherever he went. Out of the blue he was approached to run at a local bar’s leather contest. He agreed and it was a decision that changed his life. He went on to win Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2012 and Mr. MAL 2012.
During his title year, his focus was to support all the local bars and leather clubs in the Northeast as well as attending many local fundraisers. One of his proudest moments was raising over $3000 in raffle tickets at an AIDS fundraiser. Matthew continues to support local clubs and bars. He enjoys talking about leather and meeting new people in the leather community. He hopes to mentor and educate novice people who seek the knowledge and support as they explore the leather lifestyle.
Sir Robert Chandler
Sir Robert Chandler, is the former Mr eXile Leather 2010 of Columbus Ohio and Mama’s Buckeye Nut. Sir Robert is pleased and honored to have been asked to sit on this year’s judging panel for Bears Bikers and Mayhem. Sir Robert is from Columbus Ohio. He moved to Baltimore Maryland in 2012 to be with his love and partner Michael. Sir Robert is former Vice-President of Trident, a leather club in Columbus. He is now a member at-large. Over the past few years Sir Robert has found himself on the opposite side of the judging table doing what he loves — and that is his love for being on stage with a microphone in his hand as an emcee and host. He has emcee’d many contests throughout the region from Kentucky through Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania all the way up to Connecticut. He not only has been an emcee and a judge but also produced and promoted his beloved Mr eXile Leather title for 3 years. When not busy with contests he is busy pursuing his Bachelors in Information Technology. He is working toward a career in Information Security. He loves spending time with his partner Michael, his IML brothers, the leather community, his boy (Skeeter), and his partner’s Daddy (Matt). To Kevin Michael, Thank you for being such an outstanding representative for Mr. Mayhem. To the contestants, Good luck and Have a great time!
Daddy Sal Susino
Event producer, community activist, HIV professional, and Chief Cat Herder of the NJ Leather Family, Sal Susino is a leather Daddy Bear with a penchant for bad boys, from Asbury Park NJ. Together with his Husband of 33 years, Dion Daly, he has proven that leather can have a home in the suburbs. He has produced 16 years of amazing title holders at Mr. & Ms. NJ Leather, raising over a hundred thousand dollars for charity, logging thousands of volunteer hours and educating hundreds in the Leather Lifestyle. A non-profit administrator in his professional life, focusing much of his attention on housing for marginalized populations, Sal is also instrumental in taking part in the process of developing Comprehensive HIV Planning for the State of NJ. Daddy Sal is the recipient of the Northeast Pantheon of Leather award in 2012, is the Den Daddy of the Jersey boys of Leather, A Lifetime Associate Member of Hooker and Boys, Mama’s Shore Daddy, and a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Leather Heart Foundation.
IPC’s International Puppy 2014, Pup Tripp has been an active member of the leather & kink community since 2003. He has served as a long time member and past-president of the DC boys of Leather, as vice-president and Outreach Committee co-chair for AMCC, and a past-president of DC’s Metro Leather Pride. Currently, Tripp is a founding member and past-Alpha of the Mid-Atlantic Kennel Korps and is an associate member of several other clubs.
Additionally, Pup Tripp is an Executive Producer of the International Puppy Contest held in St. Louis.
Since 2008, Tripp has been active in the pup & handler community, with efforts focused primarily toward increasing awareness and understanding of pups and pup play through education and dialogue. He has presented several workshops, most notably at the 2014 Leather Leadership Conference.
For his work in the community, Pup Tripp has received several awards, including the DC boys of Leather’s 2005 Leatherboy of the Year Award, IPC’s 2012 Good Puppy Award, and is a member of Mama’s Family as Mama’s Pup Tripp.
Mr. NYC Eagle 2016
Brooklyn-born and raised. A lifelong New Yorker. Proud Leatherman since 2006, founding employee and Gear Consultant for ManSkins & The Eagle NYC. You can find him every Wednesday night in the shop/”Eagle’s Nest” telling you what to wear and how to wear it. Thursday nights he’s behind the chair taking off as much as you want as BarberQ, the Eagle’s resident tonsorialist for CODE.
He uses $10 words – like ‘tonsorialist’.
Q’s psyched for his first BBM and Mr. Mayhem Leather. Having been involved with the Mr. Eagle NYC contest since 2008 he was honored to judge alongside IML 2014 Ramien Pierre and MAL Chairman Patrick Grady for the 2015 competition. In April he’ll again have that honor judging the 2016 Mr. Rockbear contest. He swears he’s not judge-y though. Scout’s honor.
Hoping to raise awareness about men’s health issues, his monthlong November “Take It Off” fundraiser for Movember (us.movember.com) donated 100% to charity. Grateful Team Eagle member, he most recently crewed for The Center’s Cycle For The Cause ride. He’s totally gonna do it again this year too (biking just isn’t his thing). Passionate HIV/AIDS supporter, he’s been extremely fortunate to work closely with HIV Smart (hivsmart.org) – a new photo/social media campaign aimed at dispelling myths and dispensing facts about the disease. Launched for World AIDS Day this past Dec. 1, their inaugural event was held at The Eagle NYC. But he’s got no problem going to other bars and venues to lend support for any community in need. It’s what #loveandservice is all about. Mind you that was like, so 2015….stay tuned for much more in 2016.
Underneath the sash? Style enthusiast. Music lover. Trash-tv watcher. NY Times reader (print only I mean duh he’s wordy). Talented hairdresser/hair nerd. #WILDKINGDOM member. Loving husband. Sexy dancer. #chocolateagle, full-time #ramien. IML #Great38 brother, lover of a witty hashtag. Not your grandmother’s titleholder. Check him out: @mreaglenycq
Daddy Matt Keeney
Matt Kenney: Mr. Connecticut Leather 2012 & the current producer of Mr. Connecticut Leather
Originally from a small town in southern Maine, Matt moved to Connecticut to be with his husband David. Since moving to ConnecticutMatt has been busy helping to raise funds for various charities such as Hartford Gay and lesbian Health Collective, Leather Archive Museum, True Colors, and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.
During his title year Matt represented Connecticut in his travels across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic region, Chicago, California and Canada. While traveling and at home Matt enjoys introducing people to leather. Introducing people to the possibilities that are available to them is an amazing part of being a mentor and a Daddy.
It is Matt’s core belief that we all touch and move people in our daily lives, with or without knowing it. It is his goal as a leatherman and a mentor, to help others realize the impact that they can make on others and on the leather community.
Mid-Atlantic Puppy 2016
Pup Gryphn is a Marine Corps veteran of four years. He currently resides in Baltimore with his handler Rich Wertman. Although He began his journey in the pup community over a year ago, Pup has been a part of the fetish community for over ten years. He became a full member of MAKK in 2015 where his roots where laid with the Furry Fandom. Pup Gryphn helped set up and run the Furbowl in Delaware. He is an avid amateur photographer, and mountain biker. He now serves the community at large as Mid-Atlantic Puppy 2016. He is among other things an aspiring bootblack, volunteer for Bears, Bikers & Mayhem, a member of the Baltimore Pride Committee, and he is always looking for ways that he can help and serve the LGBTQ and leather communities.