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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes' next beer, bikes and biz gettogether is planned for next Thursday in Burbank, California. 

The DRAFT: LA Meetup is the latest stop in the group's nationwide series intended to bring together bike industry entrepreneurs.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Sally Jewell, the former Secretary of the Interior and former CEO of REI, will deliver the opening speech at the Outdoor Industry Association Industry Breakfast at Outdoor Retailer show this month.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) —  The National Bicycle Dealers Association has announced that Amelia Kegel, marketing manager for the Milwaukee retailer Wheel & Sprocket, has joined the NBDA's Board of Directors.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Rossignol Group has moved all management of Time Sport in Canada to the group's Canadian headquarters in Montréal. The company also has appointed Spaso Sports to represent Time products at the wholesale level for Canada. Spaso also represents Felt, which Rossignol now owns.

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.

Tagged People

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

Tagged People

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.

Tagged People

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.

Tagged Sales Reps

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.

Tagged People

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.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

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.

Tagged People
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.


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