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Posted December 10, 2010
WATKINSVILLE, GA (BRAIN)—Tifosi Optics has named avid mountain biker and snowboarder Matt Conto as inside sales manager.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 10, 2010
In the frozen plains of Saint Paul, Minnesota, each December heralds the annual emergence of the famous Park Tool Santa. This venerable, bearded elf first appeared during the bike boom of the early 70s, greeting customers at Park Schwinn.
Posted in North America
Posted December 9, 2010
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Tour d'Afrique Ltd is planning its first ever North American bike tour and has partnered with the national bike charity Trips For Kids to raise money and awareness about their bike programs that help at-risk youth.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted December 9, 2010
LAKE OSWEGO, OR (BRAIN)—D.A. Davidson & Co. has acquired Silver Steep Partners LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in the outdoor and active lifestyle industry. Silver Steep is the firm responsible for such high profile industry mergers including Oval, Kestrel and Camelbak.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted December 9, 2010
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Following the departure of Marc-André Perron, Argon18 has hired Jeff Hammond as director of international sales.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 8, 2010
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has expanded its partnership with the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association (BPSA) in which it will work closely with them in determining future show strategies and to help the trade organization grow its membership.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike
Posted December 8, 2010
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—IMBA's board of directors has elected Robert Winston as its new chairman.

John Bliss, the previous chairman, stepped off the board after a successful two-year term that saw continued growth in IMBA's capacity and programs, according to a press release.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 8, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Timbuk2 has hired Doug Hall as its new national sales manager.

In his new role, Hall is responsible for expanding Timbuk2’s domestic wholesale base, and strengthening the company’s sales force, according to a press release.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 8, 2010
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Now that Taichung Bike Week is over, organizers are starting to think about next year’s event. And, as before, timing is at the top of the list of decisions they’ll need to make.
Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 7, 2010
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Online registration is now open for the 2011 Bicycle Leadership Conference via the event’s new Web site at www.bicycleconference.com (click on link).

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 7, 2010
Nothing is better than seeing a kid get his or her first bike.

You can help make that happen for needy families in Boulder this Christmas.

Posted in North America
Posted December 7, 2010
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant USA is enhancing its regional retail support structure by adding a position to oversee the company’s growth in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 7, 2010
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (BRAIN)—After four years in the U.S. market, German accessories brand Ergon is expanding its U.S. retail sales outreach. Last month, Ergon USA hired Albert Yeh as senior business and marketing manager to set up a sales and product launch strategy.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 7, 2010
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—World Bicycle Relief, a Chicago-based not for profit that was created by bike industry leaders SRAM Corporation & Trek Bicycle in 2005 to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, and is currently providing quality bicycles to people in need in sub Saharan Africa, has made Barron’s Top 25 List (
Posted in North America
Posted December 7, 2010
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The Splendor’s last-minute decision to participate in Taichung Bike Week opened up more space for the mini-show’s exhibitors. But some wondered whether it was worth the trouble, given the less-than-splendid amount of traffic.
Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 6, 2010
If for some reason you did the unthinkable and not visit BRAIN's Web site yesterday, and missed our Taichung PDF Newsletter Day 1, well, all is not lost. Click on this title, and then "Visit Link" to check it out.

Posted in North America
Posted December 6, 2010
PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Norco Products is distributing Time clipless pedals to the Canadian IBD market.

Posted in North America Tagged Distributor news
Posted December 6, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Burton Avery has been promoted to the role of general manager for Civia Cycles.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 6, 2010
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Merida plans to add 200 employees at its Taiwan factory next year after it opens a multi-million-dollar paint and decal facility and adds an overnight shift to its assembly line. (Click on story title then PDF link next to title to view Taichung Bike Week PDF newsletter Day 2).

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 5, 2010
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Like swallows to Capistrano, product managers are flocking to Taichung for Taichung Bike Week. (Click on story title then PDF link next to title to view Taichung Bike Week PDF newsletter).

Posted in North America Tagged Events / Taichung Bike Week

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