Legendary Former Director of Communications for Harley-Davidson Ken Schmidt Named as Keynote Speaker for the IDS Customer Conference

Ken SchmidtWake Forest, N.C. – November 1, 2016 – Ken Schmidt, the former director of communications for Harley-Davidson Motor Company and one of the most provocative thought leaders in America, has been named the keynote speaker for the Integrated Dealers Systems (IDS) 2017 Customer Conference. Schmidt will deliver a presentation on March 21st entitled, “Make Some Noise – Open the Throttle and Dominate Your Marketplace.”

Described as a “premium-fueled speaker, brand visionary and communication strategist,” Schmidt is one of the most in-demand speakers and communications consultants in America. During his tenure at Harley-Davidson, he played an active role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history. Today, he recognized as one of the business world’s most outspoken and provocative thought leaders.

“I love to startle people by exposing them to proven ideals and concepts they’ve never imagined, so that their minds and hearts are in perfect synch,” states Schmidt. “Because that’s when real learning happens.” 

As keynote speaker of the IDS Customer Conference, Schmidt will provide dealers with an opportunity to learn best business practices from someone who has helped taken a nationally-recognized business to the top. When Schmidt first joined the Harley-Davidson team, he was asked to work with a struggling business and help create demand for its motorcycles. Within a few short years, he helped the business flourish to become one of the most visible and successful companies in the world. He’s been called upon by business media to share his insights and is now one of the business world’s most sought after speakers.

“We are beyond thrilled to have someone of this magnitude kick off this year’s customer conference,” said IDS General Manager Sean Raynor. “Ken is a highly-regarded speaker who can share some real-world dealership experience and provide invaluable advice to everyone in attendance.”

The 2017 IDS Customer Conference will take place March 20-22 at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Tampa, FL. To reserve a seat, IDS customers can visit or contact Suzie Murphy at 919-230-9412 or      


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IDS is recognized as a leading provider of dealer management software for the RV industry. IDS offers a single dealership software to manage the entire business, helping dealers gain control of their dealership and get peace of mind.

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About Ken Schmidt:

Ken Schmidt is currently recognized as one of the most in-demand speakers and communications consultants in America. As former director of communications for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, he is credited with playing an active role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history. He has used the experience to partner with some of the world’s most successful brands. He now travels the world speaking to business groups and academic communities.

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