CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—American Bicycle Group has hired Jeff Zajac as its new plant manager.
"We are extremely delighted to have Jeff joining the team and look forward to his proficiency in overseeing the daily operation of the plant," said Peter Hurley, chief executive officer of ABG.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Bill Keith, a 16-year veteran at Cannondale, is no longer with the company.
Keith, who began his career working as a store manager at Orange Cycle in Orlando, Florida, was Cannondale’s bicycle product manager.
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA (BRAIN)—Chris Armstrong owes his life to his coworkers at Serfas. When the inside sales rep at Serfas went into cardiac arrest on July 31, colleagues saved his life by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Felt Racing has hired Matt Dashiell as its new purchasing aftermarket product coordinator.
Dashiell comes to Felt Racing with over 15-plus years of working in the industry, and more than 30 years of racing BMX, triathlons, road bikes and finally MTB.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Two Colorado Cyclist employees were killed on August 6 when a motorist apparently drove her one-ton pickup into a group of cyclists, according to Colorado Springs police and local news accounts.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Jax Bicycle service manager Joe Schraff died on August 4. The 38-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in 2004.
“The guy had a super strong work ethic,” said John Haywood, general manager of Jax Bicycle Huntingon Beach store, where Schraff worked at. “The guy was always on it.”
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—The answers that didn't make the September issue print cut for Bicycle Retailer's Q & A session with Pivot's Chris Cocalis.
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News recently caught up with Pivot Cycles' Chris Cocalis for a question and answer session for the September issue.
Below in Bicycle Retailer's Web Exclusive section are his responses that (due to space constraints) ended up on the cutting room floor.
RALEIGH, NC (BRAIN)—Eastern Bikes has promoted Bryan Byrd to national sales manager.
Byrd has worked for Eastern for a little more than a year, previously working as a sales manager for an industrial supply distributor.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports has appointed Andy Ewas to the position of outside sales representative for the New England territory, effective August 15.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—American Bicycle Group has hired Daryl Walter as its new chief financial officer.
Walter will be managing accounting, treasury, IT, HR and collections for the company.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Canari Cyclewear is throwing its support behind two riders that will be documented for an upcoming film.
SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Ritchey Design/Syncros USA has promoted Nate Shaw, former top caliber inside sales motor, to national retail sales manager.
Under this new title, Shaw will manage three customer groups: Retail Direct, Builder Sales and Grassroots Team businesses.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Nuun Active Hydration has hired Evan Wert for the newly created position of specialty sports sales manager.
WILMINGTON, MA (BRAIN)—Matthew Bracken will join Pedro's as product manager starting tomorrow.
Bracken most recently served as president of Independent Fabrication, overseeing day-to-day operations for the high-end frame builders.
FORT WAYNE, IN (BRAIN)—J&B's assistant facility manager Tom Rodriguez died of a severe asthma attack on July 20.
He had been a part of the industry for more than 20 years.
Rodriguez had been working for J&B since 2001 at its Fort Wayne, Indiana location.
ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Veteran framebuilder Paul Sadoff will teach frame building at United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in Ashland, Oregon.
UBI was considering expanding its staff of instructors to meet demand for classes, and Sadoff found himself in the neighborhood.
FERNDALE, WA (BRAIN)—Kona has hired Shawn “Smiley” Nesbitt for its sports marketing department.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Matt Mannelly, president and chief executive officer of Cannondale, is leaving Cannondale.