EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN) — Capo Cycling Apparel has named industry veteran Jay Thomas vice president of sales. Thomas joins the clothing brand from Midwest Cycling, a chain of six Trek concept stores he co-founded in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. He starts with Capo on July 1.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN) — Descente North America has hired several independent sales reps to represent its cycling division in North America.
HALIFAX, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Sim Mainey has joined Orange Mountain Bikes as graphics and marketing manager. He comes to the bike brand from U.K. consumer magazine Singletrack, where he served as art director for eight years.
BEVERLY, MA (BRAIN) — A 13-year industry veteran, Nora Lohrenz has been promoted to the newly created position of bike sales manager for apparel maker Craft North America. Craft established the new post to better differentiate between efforts for its bike and run businesses, the company said in a release.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Outdoor footwear brand Keen has brought Mike Abbott on board as its president. Abbott assumes the new job July 8.
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Easton-Bell Sports has hired some new faces and promoted some current employees in its Bell/Blackburn business unit.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — SmartEtailing has promoted Technical Support Manager Jon Jeffress to the newly created position of Senior Technical Specialist. Tech Specialist Paul Ribich was also promoted to fill Jeffress’ former position.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — The cycling industry marketing services company founded by Jasen Thorpe two years ago has a new name, a new website and a new employee.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN) — Dorothy Nichols has joined women’s bike apparel brand Shebeest as its national sales manager, heading up sales in the IBD and specialty sporting goods channels. Nichols, who will be based out of Denver, Colorado, will begin the new role June 3.
CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN) — Michael D. Angel, chief financial officer of eyewear company Spy Inc., is resigning to move back to the Bay Area after two years with the San Diego County-based company.
GUELPH, Ontario (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer and cycling enthusiast George Vettor passed away last week. He was 77.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Panache Cyclewear has hired three new independent sales reps who will represent the fast-growing brand in the Mid-Atlantic region, California and the Pacific Northwest.
BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) — Champion System has hired Kelly Reed as its new public relations and social media director.
ENCINITAS, CA (BRAIN) — Skins Compression has hired Ben Harper as channel manager for its endurance and winter sports business.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Val Vanderpool has joined Bicycle Retailer and Industry News as a staff reporter.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN) — GU Energy Labs has brought aboard Lauren O’Connor as its new senior marketing manager.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Sales and marketing executive Mike Ely is leaving NiteRider after 15 years with the company to lead Australian parts and accessories brand JetBlack Products’ expanded push into the U.S. market.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Al Fritz, one of the legends of the U.S. bicycle industry, died Tuesday in Chicago at 88.