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Company establishes award in honor of Bill Kaplan.

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — Yakima recognized its top reps at its 2018 sales meeting last month, naming Pacific Rep Works as its Agency of the Year, and recognized longtime Yakima representative Bill Kaplan with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (BRAIN) — Strider recently formed the Strider Education Foundation, a nonprofit corporation with a primary purpose of distributing Strider Bikes to children with mental, physical, or financial challenges, through organizations committed to teaching them how to ride.

TYLER, Texas (BRAIN) — Cobb Cycling has hired Scott Warren as its senior product manager.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Echos Communications has hired bicycle industry veteran Brian Fornes as senior account manager for the bike division.

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MADRID (BRAIN) — Indoor trainer manufacturer Bkool SL has hired Brian Orloff to head up its new U.S. office and warehouse, which will handle sales, marketing and customer service.

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Highway Two has hired two new field reps: a company-direct rep in the Mid-Atlantic and an independent rep in New England.

James Mattock is the new company-direct rep and Marc Sheehan has taken the independent rep role in New England.

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DENVER (BRAIN) — Gates Corporation has hired Justin Hawkins, a former product testing manager and account executive at Pearl Izumi, as a market specialist in the Gates Carbon Drive bicycle division.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Camber Outdoors has launched a new job board as part of the Camber Outdoors Career Center.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Dan Delehanty will become new general manager in North America for the bike brands Focus and Kalkhoff — both brands belonging to Derby Cycle, which is part of Pon.Bike.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer has set news and product submission deadlines for its annual Interbike Show Issue as well as the Interbike Show Dailies distributed at the Vegas expo.

Tagged BRAIN News / Interbike

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Outside magazine has hired two new writers this month: Eben Weiss, best known as the man behind Bike Snob NYC, and Brendan Leonard, of the Semi Rad website. Each will write a weekly column for Outside's website.

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ST.-LAURENT, Quebec (BRAIN) — Outdoor Gear Canada's BMX division, OGCBMX, has signed an exclusive multi-year distribution agreement with Fit Bike Co. and S&M.

Mark DeYoung

FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Mark DeYoung has agreed to "accelerate his retirement plans" and step down as chairman and CEO of Vista Outdoors, the parent company of Bell, Giro, Bolle, CamelBak and other brands.

SALEM, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Oregon Legislature has passed a transportation bill that includes a $15 excise tax on bikes sales. The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Kate Brown.

The tax would apply to sales of new bikes with wheels 26 inches or larger and a retail price of $200 or more.

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (BRAIN) — Brian Orloff has resigned as managing director of Sigma USA Sport, effective Friday.

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The Dahon Curl i8.

OLNEY, Ill. (BRAIN) — Dahon North America is consolidating its warehouse and operations at its facility here, and ramping up its sales and support group.

"We assembled a seasoned, energetic team under Tad Kodama to make the Dahon dealer service the best in the industry," the company said.

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (BRAIN) — Velocio Apparel has closed a Series A investment round led by Steve Fuller, the former chief marketing officer at L.L. Bean.

Fuller led a three-person investor group. He said he was attracted to the brand's product quality and growth.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Australia-based website CyclingTips.com has hired Nick Ramey to manage its Emporium online merchandise channel. 

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State and OR officials at Thursday's Denver announcement.

DENVER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Outdoor Retailer on Thursday announced it is moving its show to Denver starting next year, when the show will hold three events in the city.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Randy Shafer has joined USA Cycling as the organization's technical director.

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