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Goldsmith Leaves Hayes to Start Own Business

Published April 4, 2011

RIEDSTADT, Germany—Clayton Goldsmith, global aftermarket sales manager at Hayes Bicycle Group, resigned from his position effective April 1 to start two new distribution business ventures.

“The time was just right. I’ve been considering these two new businesses for some time now, and the recent changes with Hayes in Europe made for a good transition point,” Goldsmith said, referring to Hayes’ decision to switch from an independent sales agent for its European business and start a wholly owned subsidiary. Sean McNally, Hayes’ director of business development, will take over aftermarket sales in Europe.

Goldsmith has worked for Hayes several times in his career, spending the last two years in Germany working with European aftermarket customers and setting the overall aftermarket sales and distribution strategy.

Goldsmith has formed two new companies—the Orlando, Florida-based CG Global and Germany based MotionLogic Sports. CG Global is focused on helping North American companies find European distribution for their products, a need for which Goldsmith noticed while working in Europe. The goal is to connect small brands that may have difficulty figuring out the complexity of distribution in Europe with the right distribution partner.

MotionLogic Sports is a partnership between Lloyd Thomas of Cyclefit.de and Goldsmith.

The company is located in Bensheim, Germany, and is a distributor of cycling and multi-sport equipment, accessories, and related products. The company has developed several branded products including its own line of MotionLogic custom insoles. MotionLogic Sports is distributing Science in Sport, Racer-Mate Computrainer, DZ Nuts, MEP Powermeters, BikeFit.com and SiliconCoach products in the German market.

Goldsmith plans to split his time between Germany and the U.S. He can be reached at clayton@cg-global.net.

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