BY MEGAN TOMPKINS
GOODYEAR, AZ—From father to uncle to godfather, Bill Fields was like family to many in the bike industry.
GUNNISON, CO (BRAIN)—Trina Ortega is the new managing editor of Mountain Flyer Magazine. She replaces Caroline Spaeth, who held that position since the magazine’s inception in 2004.
A native of Colorado, Ortega has been riding the dirt and pavement of the Centennial State since she was a kid.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—A memorial service is scheduled today for Chris Kuzma, a Colorado Springs retailer who died suddenly at his home.
Kuzma, who owned the Bike Stop, was 44. Friends say he passed away last Thursday after apparently suffering a heart attack.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Felt Bicycles has hired Bill Childers as its new communications manager.
CHICOUTIMI, Quebec (BRAIN)—Cycles Devinci, the producer of Canadian hand crafted bicycles from Quebec, has hired Gabe Fox for international sales and marketing in the mountain bike sector.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group, the leader in retail sales tracking, consumer research and CRM solutions for the bicycle industry, has added JJ Rudman to its staff as a retail analyst.
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN)—DT Swiss has hired Shane Hensley to lead its event and field support.
“I am looking forward to training our retail and OEM partners, and helping DT Swiss in our next phase of growth,” Hensley said.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group (SCG) has hired Sarah Reiter as its new parking systems new business manager.
PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN)—CamelBak has appointed Chris Strain as vice president and chief marketing officer.
WEST JORDAN, UT (BRAIN)—Chris Treugut has joined Reynolds Cycling as its European sales manager.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—Rodale Inc. has announced that Chris Lambiase has been promoted to SVP, publishing director.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—American Bicycle Group (ABG) is adding Tim Lane, who will join ABG’s design team as a consultant.
MEQUON, WI (BRAIN)—Andrew Paradowski, Hayes Bicycle Group technical service and warranty manager, passed away unexpectedly last week. He was 41 and had been with Hayes since 2002.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Steve Dempsey has joined Mad Fiber as director of sales, bringing more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the bike, fitness and outdoor industries to the quickly growing, manufacturer of high performance carbon fiber bicycle wheels.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle has appointed retail veteran Tom Tolworthy as president and chief operating officer.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—From Tour de France champion Alberto Contador's point of view, enough is enough when it comes to allegations of doping.
Contador has denied these allegations, saying the positive result came from eating a contaminated steak.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Outgoing Scott USA general manager Scott Montgomery said on Thursday that he’s departing the company with nothing but a positive outlook on his tenure there.
SUN VALLEY, Idaho (BRAIN)—Scott Montgomery has stepped down from his general manager role at Scott Sports, six years after he signed on to lead the charge in reintroducing Scott bicycles into the U.S.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott USA general manager Scott Montgomery has departed from the company.