MIDDLETOWN, PA (BRAIN)—Quality Bicycle Products began shipping from its new warehouse in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Dec. 1, hitting its anticipated deadline. The 125,000-square-foot facility, coined Q-East, is a leased warehouse and employs 41 people.
Rick Wilks rejoins industry at FSA
MUKILTEO, WA (BRAIN)—After a four-year hiatus from the bike industry, Rick Wilks is back, joining FSA as its new Director of Business Development.
KENT, United Kingdom (BRAIN)—Cyclemotion’s Mark Bickerton is taking on a new role as brand ambassador and head of international sales for Proviz, a U.K. supplier of high-visibility cycling apparel.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Honey Stinger has restructured its sales team in order to strengthen its focus in key categories and regions.
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon has expanded its team with the addition of a new product director and a technical specialist.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Blueseventy, leading supplier of open water and triathlon wetsuits, has hired John Duquette as country head for North America.
Duquette previously worked for the company from 2007 through 2010 before joining the sales team at Orca for the 2011 season.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Former Specialized director of U.S. sales John Thompson starts today at Giant USA in the newly created role of executive director of sales.
Thompson is charged with developing short and long-term growth plans for Giant and its retail network, Giant USA said in a press release.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—After close to 15 years with Specialized Bicycle Components, John “JT” Thompson has resigned from his position as director of U.S. sales, according to an email that went out to dealers Monday evening.
HILDEBRAN, NC; MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Gene DiMenna has joined DeFeet International as its national sales manager. DiMenna spent several years leading segments of Trek Bicycle’s sales territories.
SEATTLE, WA; HAILFINGEN, Germany (BRAIN)—LeMond Fitness has appointed Raymond Calvert to the role of vice president and chief financial officer.
TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Rich Palmer has left Intense where he worked as director of global sales. Prior to his role at Intense, Palmer, a longtime industry veteran, had been the general manager and chief operating officer at Mavic. He had been with Mavic for 10 years.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Zoot Sports has named Chris Bogue as vice president of sales and marketing for North America.
Previously, he held high-level sales and marketing positions with Pactimo, Pearl Izumi, Casio and K2 Sports. He will begin his role with Zoot in Vista, CA, on November 1.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group (LTG) has hired Scott Buelter as vice president of its Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM) Division.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Highway Two has added sales veteran Brian Bohlman to its sales team. Bohlman joins the company as the regional sales manager for Highway Two’s Midwestern and Eastern territories.
MARIETTA, GA (BRAIN)—BMX legend and master wheel builder John Kovachi passed away on Wednesday morning from kidney failure. He was 46.
The former BMX racer started Kovachi Wheels in Georgia in 1989.
PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Former Olympic cyclist Derek Bouchard-Hall has been hired by Wiggle as its head of performance development.
“I am very excited to be joining a company with a real passion for cycling and is at the forefront of the rapidly changing cycling and tri-sport equipment industry," he said.
PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—Domenic Malvestuto, a longtime bicycle retailer and influential figure in the Phoenix, Arizona, cycling community, died this month at his home in Phoenix after battling colon cancer. He was 68, and is survived by his wife of 22 years, Judy Malvestuto.
GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—Jacques Lenel, a former French retailer who played a key role in the formation of the European Two Wheelers Association (ETRA), has died.
MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—The Bike Cooperative has hired Nat McAllister as its new director of supplier relations. McAllister comes to the co-op with significant experience in the industry, serving as general manager for a multi-store dealer in New England.