FRISCO, TX (BRAIN)—Mark Whitehead, a member of the U.S. track cycling team that participated in blood doping during the 1984 Summer Olympics, creating a scandal that led to the practice being banned from the sport, has died. He was 50.
Details regarding his cause of death weren't available.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Jon Swanson has joined Giant Bicycles as global category manager-road.
CORONA, CA (BRAIN)—Craig "Stikman" Glaspell will now head up action sports development and be involved with mountain bike marketing at Troy Lee Designs.
"My focus is all action sports, without motors..." he said in an email to colleagues and friends about his new position with Troy Lee.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Denver-based Boa Technology, maker of the patented Boa Closure System, has hired Vin Connolly as its global category manager.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Ben Delaney, long-time editor of VeloNews, has resigned and Competitor Group, Inc., the magazine’s owner, has begun a search for a replacement, said Bouker Pool, CGI’s senior vice president of marketing.
NORCROSS, GA (BRAIN)—Blue Competition Cycles has hired Mike Giraud as the company's product development specialist.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has hired Joe Schwartz as brand specialist.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Charlie Cooper, former vice president and general manager of Leisure Trends Group, has been promoted to president of the market research company. He takes over for Jim Spring, Leisure Trends founder and president for the past 22 years.
EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Increasing their sales team, Rolf Prima has partnered with Marc Katz to handle their Southeast territory, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. In addition to Rolf Prima, Katz represents Castelli, Kask, Focus and Ortlieb.
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Easton Bell Sports has tapped action sports industry veteran Scott Oliver as its new director of sales for bike in North America. Oliver fills the position left by Pat Hus when he accepted the role as Interbike’s managing director last month.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Canari Cyclewear has added new reps to its outside sales force.
CAMARILLO, CA (BRAIN)—SmartEtailing has hired Erin Cabezut, Paul Ribich and Mark Still.
OGDEN, UT (BRAIN)—Suunto's North American subsidiary has hired David Grayson as national sales manager for the United States. Grayson brings experience from run, bike and outdoor specialty as well as general sporting goods.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Cyclone Bicycle Supply has hired industry veteran John Byfield as its new sales director.
HOBOKEN, NJ (BRAIN)—Joni Taylor has joined Texmarket USA, a private label manufacturer of custom cycling clothing, as its national sales manager. She will help introduce the Italian brand to the U.S. market.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Kelly Burr, Marin Bikes vice president of operations and product, has left the company to pursue new opportunities personally and professionally. “After 24 years at Marin Bikes, it was a hard decision to depart, but in the end, I know it’s the right thing to do,” said Burr.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Nuun & Co. has appointed Mason Reay as its new president.
In this role, Reay, who joined Nuun in 2010 as head of marketing, will expand his responsibilities to include oversight of finance, customer support and business operations.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (BRAIN)—Orbea USA has hired three additional full time, factory reps to its external sales team.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has received a major human resources boost as Ben Capron has stepped away from his post as chief brand officer of Specialized Bicycle Components to become the development director at NICA.
MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—After more than two years developing the supplier partner program for The Bike Cooperative and signing strategic contracts with more than 38 vendors, Wren has transitioned to contractor status with The Bike Cooperative.