BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—OIWC has announced the 2009 winners of the bike industry’s Pioneering Woman and First Ascent Awards.
Georgena Terry, founder of Terry Precision Cycling, will be presented the Pioneering Woman Award and Kaitlyn Gang, marketing, communications and public relations manager for Advanced Sports Inc., will receive the First Ascent Award. Nominations were submitted by industry peers and the winner was selected by the OIWC Board of Directors.
The Pioneering Woman Award recognizes a woman with a commitment to mentoring female colleagues, which exemplifies the OIWC’s mission to equip, educate and support women in the outdoor industries.
Terry was nominated by the editor of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News Megan Tompkins. She said, “Georgena founded Terry Bicycles and is a pioneer in creating women's products, long before women's-specific products was a trend. She has been an innovator and an inspiration.”
The First Ascent Award complements the Pioneering Woman Award by recognizing a junior level female with a notable commitment to leadership within the bike industry. This award presents a platform for the OIWC to nurture and support the industry’s next female leaders.
In one of six nominations submitted for Kaitlyn Gang from Advanced Sports Inc., Luke Elrath, product manager for Transportation and Utility Bikes. She said, "Kaitlyn is the glue that holds Advanced Sports together."