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.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant Bicycle has promoted Gregg Frederick to the position of national sales manager.
PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Norco public relations and marketing coordinator Trisha Petrella is leaving the company on Aug. 8.
Dustan Sept will be filling Petrella's role.
Petrella is leaving for London, so that she can be closer to her boyfriend.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Michael Blang has joined Saris Cycling Group as national sales manager.
Blang has a strong background in sales management and leadership skills, which he developed in a long and successful career at AT&T.
DELTA, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain Bicycles has appointed Charles Russell as its director of sales, marketing and products for the brand globally, effective Aug 5.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Sugoi Performance Apparel, a division of Dorel Industries, has hired Scott Parr as vice president of sales for North America.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired Nikole Rock as its new director of design and development.
Rock will be responsible for all aspects of design, development and sourcing of the Hincapie retail apparel line.