NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Russ Okawa died in his sleep Monday night. He had been staying with his sister in Simi Valley, recovering from open heart surgery on December 22. He was 59 years old.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Events, producers of the PressCamp and DealerCamp events for the cycling industry, has brought Christopher Zigmont on in a full time capacity.
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek Bicycles has hired Matt Shriver as its team liaison for Team RadioShack.
Shriver, who led Colorado's Fort Lewis College to three national championships, stepped down as FLC’s cycling coach to take the position.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group (SCG) has hired Steve Chapin as its new director of marketing.
In the role, Chapin will lead the development and execution of strategic marketing initiatives for the Saris Rack and CycleOps Power brands, according to a press release.
SEVILLE, Spain (BRAIN)—The city of Seville, Spain has been selected by the European Cyclist Federation (ECF) to host the 2011 edition of Velo-City.
By Matt Wiebe
TAICHUNG, Taiwan—U.S. and European retailers may find it hard to reorder bikes during the production season as bike builders in Taiwan work to fulfill orders from emerging bike markets such as Singapore, Indonesia and other Pacific Rim countries.
By Jason Norman
Andrew Love is the industry’s Dog the Bounty Hunter—but instead of going after humans skipping out on bail he’s going after stolen product, much of it at the retail level. Love serves as Specialized’s brand security man—a title that is a rarity in the industry.
MILWAUKEE, WI (BRAIN)—Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Milwaukee opened last Friday, December 31st.
Originally scheduled to open in November, construction could not be completed in time for Ray’s to acquire operating permits from the City of Milwaukee.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—According to a story in the Sunday edition of the Los Angles Times, Los Angeles officials and planners recently issued a comprehensive update of the city's 2010 bicycle plan. But the plan all but sidesteps action on the issue of mountain bike access on city parkland and dirt trails.
SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—MerchantOS recently updated its point of sale system to include integration with Specialized and The Bicycle Group. These integrations should help retailers reduce time spent on data entry and delivery/receipt of data.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—A star-studded list of honorees and attendees will attend endurance LIVE, a consumer show and endurance sports awards event, on Saturday, Jan. 22.
BRAIN wishes you and yours a Happy New Year. Regular news coverage will resume on Monday, January 3.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Shopatron has released its first “social stores” on Facebook, allowing fans of its client brands to browse products on the popular social network.
What were the top stories of 2010? Check out our top 20 countdown of most-read web stories on www.bicycleretailer.com on the BRAIN blog.
EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—When Burley Design’s Mike Coughlin learned that that Costco.com was selling a limited quantity of Travoy trailers without authorization, he called Costco executives and told them to stop.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Tony Lo, Giant’s CEO, has been selected as the new president of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters' Association (TBEA). He replaces Ying Ming Yang, Kenda’s president, who has held the post for six years. In addition, the TBEA membership has elected 27 new directors and nine supervisors.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Amer Sports, the Finnish parent company of Mavic, has appointed its senior vice president of marketing and business to consumer to its executive board.
Northvale, NJ—The Jamis/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team will delay the start of its season due to the recent death of the older brother of two of its team members.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized has awarded funding to five more cycling advocacy initiatives through the Dealer Grant Program and local Specialized dealers.
Recipients include ride projects in Georgia, Oregon, Chicago, Philadelphia and North Carolina.