KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—Smith Optics has appointed Greg Randolph to the newly-created position of PR communications manager within its marketing department.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Sophia Loren, an icon of style and beauty and an Oscar-winning actress, will be present at the official opening of BikeAsia, EICMA officials said, adding that she will be a testimonial to Italian excellence.
CHANDLER, AZ (BRAIN)—David Leppert, the interim president of Mobeus Bicycling Co-op and one of its original founders, has resigned citing personal reasons.
Leppert said his resignation was effective Feb.1.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Maverick has hired David Wisenteiner as vice president to help the suspension company grow its business.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—After 11 years at Easton, brand manager and former marketing manager Jeff Schneider has left the company.
“The experience at Easton has truly been a pleasure and I am proud of what just a small group of us were able to accomplish over this time," Schneider said.
NEWTONVILLE, MA (BRAIN)—Sheldon Brown, who could explain the intricacies of 40-year-old Sturmey Archer hubs with the same patient clarity with which he would explain suspension or integrated shifters, died from a sudden heart attack Sunday night.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Electra has named Dean Bradley as its new vice president of product development.
IRVINE,CA (BRAIN)—Adam Micklin, a 25-year industry veteran, has joined Shimano as its senior manager for OEM sales.
Micklin had opened the North American office for Hutchinson tires, where he implemented the domestic sales and marketing structure as well as warehousing operations.
CLEVELAND, OH (BRAIN)—Viktor Schreckengost, who served as chief bicycle designer for Murray Ohio Co., has died. He was 101.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Sixteen year-old Marco Facciola built this completely wooden bike for a school project, managing to avoid using any metal at all.
Yes, this wooden wheeled wonder even has a chain and gearing made of wood, held together with wooden joints and glue.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—American Bicycle Group has restructured its marketing department to better serve the needs of dealers, professional athletes, sponsored teams and advertising programs established for 2008.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Northwave North America has signed George Hincapie a two-year contract to ride on Northwave bike shoes.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Bob Margevicius, Specialized’s vice president of bicycle research and development, is moving to New Zealand but will remain with the company full-time.
Mike Sinyard, founder and chief executive officer, said Wednesday that Margevicius was a “top executive who’s done a great job.”
ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—United Bicycle Institute (UBI) has hired three bicycle mechanic instructors with Jeff Menown, Nathan Riddle and Matt Eames.
ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—United Bicycle Parts has added two new employees.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)–Marin Bikes has added Jonathan Duncan to the Marin Bikes Canada team.
Duncan was hired to assist dealers with sales, warranty and technical service as well as travel for demo and consumer events.
TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN)—Hutchinson Tires North America marketing and communications manager Marc Gullickson has left the company.
He had been with the company in that capacity for nearly three years.
CHULA VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Jeff Deardoff, a longtime fixture in the San Diego area bicycling scene, passed away on Dec. 16 while on a road ride with friends on Palomar Mountain in San Diego County.
MACON, GA (BRAIN)—Ronnie Thomson didn't live to see 69 this Thursday, but he did live long enough to touch everyone in the bicycle industry including most of all his employees.
LAKE FOREST, CA (BRAIN)—Mountain biking legend Hans Rey has decided to stay put for at least two more years with main sponsors GT Bicycles and Fox Racing Shox.
Rey has some new sponsorships for 2008 as well including Italian-based Met Helmets and Ergon Bike Ergonomics for grips and backpacks.