PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—Kemco International has hired industry veteran Ron Blocher as its new U.S. sales representative.
Blocher had been the owner of United Bicycle Parts, a distributor located in Ashland, Oregon. UBP folded up shop in late January because business was slow.
AGOURA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Former Pearl Izumi national sales manager Patricia Babka has been named vice president of sales for Gramicci.
TRENTON,NJ (BRAIN)—Dana Carson has been promoted to managing director of Hutchinson Tire North America.
Carson assumes responsibility for the expansion of Hutchinson's bicycle tire division, after spending a year as aftermarket sales manager.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports, Inc. (ASI) has hired two sales representatives.
Joining the ASI sales force are Patrick Leslie, fleet and commercial sales representative and Tom Mantle, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia sales representative.
LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Brent Thomson, mountain bike industry legend and trail master of Bootleg Canyon, has lost his battle with complications from the quadruple bypass surgery he underwent in January.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle industry veteran and long-time Haro Bicycles outside sales representative, Jim Herney, recently retired. He represented Haro as one of his main lines for more than 12 years.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (BRAIN)—SICI (Serotta International Cycling Institute) has hired Kathleen Krumme as its new executive director.
MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—The Bike Cooperative has hired Kevin Wren to fill its new position of director of supplier relations.
Wren is an industry veteran with management positions at a number of companies including Bell Sports, Cannondale and Shimano.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Lorpen, a designer of high performance socks for athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and professionals, has hired Bruce Barrows as its new U.S. sales manager.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Josh Greenberg will leave Veltec Sports at the end of the month after nine years with the company in posts that included managing director.
Greenberg attributed his departure to “the changing of the guard.”
MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—WTB has added Cecilia Potts and Jackie Baker to the company’s U.S. Tech Rep team.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports has named two new additions to its sales team.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott USA has added Dustin Eskelson to its Warranty Department.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Keen has appointed Troy Ballard to the newly formed position of vice president of global business development.
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—BH Bikes USA and Pivot Cycles has hired two industry veterans and reorganized its staff to meet the needs of the quickly growing bicycle company.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has added an Inside Sales Department. Beginning this month, the current Customer Service Department will be restructured, and four inside sales positions will be added.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott USA has added Brittany Ratliffe to its customer service department.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes has added two new account managers into its rank of sales and customer service staff.
BOULDER CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Brent Thomson, godfather and trail master of Bootleg Canyon, suffered a heart attack last Saturday while riding the trails that he has famously cut into the mountains surrounding Boulder City, a stones throw from Las Vegas, Nevada.
NORCROSS, GA (BRAIN)—Blue competition Cycles has hired four new outside sales reps to help promote the growing brand. With a strong ad campaign helping fuel increasing interest in the line, the need to have better representation in key territories has been a major focus over the past 12 months.