VISTA, CA—Electra co-founder and creative director Benno Baenziger is leaving his position at the company, effective this month. He will continue as a shareholder and member of Electra’s board of directors, while exploring new ventures.
CERRITOS, CA (BRAIN)—Lee Lewis has joined the inside sales department at VSI Products. VSI is the parent company of THE, Intense BMX, Speed Bicycles, Sinz & Sinz Elite, ITS, EYE BMX, AVE and Vigor, all product lines Lee will be selling to retailers across the country.
BARRINGTON, IL (BRAIN)—Retailers will gather today to honor Larry Lorenz, an independent sales rep who passed away suddenly earlier this week.
Lorenz was 58.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—As the new managing director of Interbike, Pat Hus recognizes the challenges he faces in returning the annual tradeshow to the sole unifying industry gathering in North America.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott Sports has hired Bill Christensen as its new western regional field marketing representative.
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—BH Bikes and Pivot Cycles continue to grow with the addition of three outside sales reps, giving more coverage to their dealers throughout the country.
CORTEZ, CO (BRAIN)—Osprey Packs has named Erik Hamerschlag as their new product line manager. He is rejoining Osprey, where he held several leadership positions from 1994 through 2001, after nine years with Mountain Hardwear, Inc.
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN)—DT Swiss has promoted Creig Hart to sales director for its North American operation.
Hart has more than 20 years in the industry and over five years with DT Swiss.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Competitor Group, Inc, a media and event resource in the active lifestyle industry, has appointed Karen Hughes White to the position of vice president of national sales central region.
MUKILTEO, WA (BRAIN)—Manuel Correia, head of international and OEM sales for FSA, has left the company to pursue a career in biodynamic farming.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association elected a new president and welcomed two new members to its board of directors at its annual board meeting last week during the Bicycle Leadership Conference.
OXFORD, MS (BRAIN)—Mercury Bicycle Company has hired Matt Sodnicar as its new national sales manager.
HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)—Mavic has created two new sales promoter positions, as veteran service course tech Dan Crean was promoted and Eric Zimmer joined the company in mid-March.
CUPERTINO, CA (BRAIN)—Former president and CEO of Kestrel Bicycles, Kevin Kenney, has been hired as senior composites engineer at Apple.
BEVERLY, MA (BRAIN)—Parlee has hired Chris Hewings as its EU sales manager.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Sander Rigney has recently been promoted to SRAM category manager for suspension.
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.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Jon Hadfield, former sales representative of Race Face Components, joins mountain bike frame manufacturer Banshee Bikes as international sales and marketing manager.
GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN)—Yeti Cycles has hired John Pentecost for the role of international sales manager.
SANTA CLARA, CA (BRAIN)—Terry Shaw, owner of Shaw’s Lightweight Cycles in Santa Clara, California, is awaiting a heart transplant at Stanford Hospital.
Shaw, who has been in business for nearly 30 years in the Bay Area, is considered a legend among most everyone he's come across.