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.
GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Swiss bicycle producer BMC has named its head of marketing and communications, Markus Zehnder, as its managing director after an abrupt split with his predecessor, Peter Kreuder.
EMMAUS, PA (BRAIN)—Rodale has appointed Jasen Thorpe to the position of editor-in-chief and brand director of Mountain Bike magazine, effective immediately.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired Kirk Flinte and Andy Kimbrell to staff its new Interactive Marketing Department.
BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—Io DuPont has hired Philip Vega as the new Power Cordz manager.
NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA (BRAIN)—Todson has promoted Rob Girvin to director of product development, while hiring Eric Lightbody as inventory control analyst and Rosalie Garver as customer service manager.
PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN)–CamelBak has expanded its research and development team with the hiring of two industrial designers who will be responsible for all new soft and hard goods product design.
John Duran joins the team as senior product designer, and Derek Sullivan joins as product designer.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle, along with owner North Castle Partners, have named Jim Thompson as chief executive officer.
Last July, the private equity firm North Castle Partners acquired Performance.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports has appointed Charlie Allen outside sales representative for Florida.
CANTON, MA (BRAIN)—After eight years at Kryptonite, Donna Tocci will step down as marketing manager.
Starting July 1, Tocci will be the director of web/new media for Ingersoll Rand, Kryptonite's parent company.