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.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Ketty Kuan has been promoted from manager of Jagwire after-market sales to international director of after-market and original equipment manufacturer sales.
MURRAY, UT (BRAIN)—David Erickson joins Composite Solutions as its business development manager.
Prior to this Erickson spent seven years at MacLean Quality Composites, and after almost 18 years in the composites industry, this is Erickson’s second move.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Solutions, an event management, sales/marketing consulting company for the recreation and sporting goods industry, has hired Chad Battistone, a former Nielsen Business Media, Interbike and Health+Fitness Business account executive and bicycle industry veteran.
CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Campagnolo North America and its long time general manager, Richard Storino, parted ways last week. And Campagnolo is in the midst of reorganizing its North American Office.
JACKSON, WY (BRAIN)—With blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many other social media and social networks gaining ground as influential channels of communication, particularly among younger demographics, social media strategies have become an integral part of public relations campaigns.
BY JASON NORMAN
CUPERTINO, CA—Perhaps no one knew mountain biking pioneer John Finley Scott better than longtime friend Vance Sprock.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant Bicycle employees returning from the New Year’s holiday were stunned and saddened to learn of the sudden heart-related death on December 30 of account executive Louis Ledesma.
SAKAI, JAPAN (BRAIN)—Longtime Shimano employee Keiichi Hirobe passed away on Nov. 18, 2007. He was 74. A man that had always admitted to having a sweet tooth, he finally lost his lifelong battle against diabetes.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Floyd Landis won't be able to compete in France until 2009, according to the French Anti-Doping Agency, regardless of how his appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport ends up.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has banned him from competition until January 2009.