Bill Hoeppner

Bill was introduced to the Leather Community in 1993 in New York City. At that time the community was still galvanized by the AIDS Epidemic. The philanthropic nature of the leather community was what immediately drew him in and is one of the many things that still inspire him today. In 2003, he became an associate member of The Philadelphians MC and began his work as a volunteer for non-profit organizations, supporting the community through fund raising. During his volunteer career, Bill was the Co-Founder of Positively Sober, a Ft. Lauderdale support group for sober people living with HIV/AIDS and in 2007 helped to create Clean Sober Leather (CSL), an online support group for sober leather men and woman struggling with staying sober today in the leather community.

He is proud to have been able to support local and national organizations through fundraising events including: The Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois; Equality Florida; Care Resources, Miami, Florida; Tuesday’s Angels, Ft. Lauderdale; Hospice of the Florida Keys; The Pride Center at Equality Park, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Project Link of Ft. Lauderdale; Kids in Distress; Toys for Tots; and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He has served as President of the Board for Bound South, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, also served as President and Vice President of the Board for Lambda Men’s Brotherhood. He is a founding member of the South Florida boys of Leather and the South Florida Minotaurs and is a co-founder and past Board Member of Ft. Lauderdale Leather Pride Weekend.

As an active member of the South Florida Leather Community, Bill established the EDC (Enforced Dress Code) night, a monthly event at the Ramrod, Ft. Lauderdale. He has worked with Beyond Leather in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as Contest Director for the Florida/Southeast LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Community Bootblack Contest for four years and as Producer/Director of the Mr. Ramrod Leather Contest for five years. In 2009 Bill became a member of the Executive Board for F.L.U.I.D. (Florida Leaders United in Diversity). He also served as an Co-Executive Producer and Contest Director for International LeatherSIR Leatherboy Community Bootblack for 4 years. In 2016 Bill assumed the role of Producer and Director of the Florida Leather Sir Leather boy - Florida Community Bootblack Contest.

Over the past 10 years he has served as a judge or MC for numerous Local, Regional and International Leather Contests across the country and has had the privilege of working with and coaching a number of incredible men and women in their preparation for their title competitions. Bill has co-facilitated educational courses in “Living Sober in Leather”, “Power Exchange”, “Introduction to Submission” and “Living in Submission”. He is honored to have received The 2009 Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Award and to serve as a judge for International Mr. Leather 2011. Most recently he had the honor to be invited to join the judges panel for International Power Exchange at Beyond Leather 2018 and be presented with the Beyond Leather 2018 Community Achievement Award.

Bill has held the Titles of:
Mr. Ramrod 2006, Ramrod Bar, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
International Mr. Leather 2007, 2nd Runner Up
Florida Leatherboy 2008
International Leatherboy 2008