OLDSMAR, Fla. (BRAIN) — Bill Austin, whose role in the bicycle industry spanned more than 30 years, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 78.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bell Helmets has named six female mountain bike ambassadors for its new Joy Ride grass-roots women’s program. The Joy Ride ambassadors will work to inspire and enable female mountain bikers with structured fun and social rides for all skill levels in a non-racing environment.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Marilyn Price, the founder of the Trips for Kids organization, will retire as that group's executive director at the end of the year. She will continue on the group's board of directors as founder and ambassador.
OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Amer Sports has appointed Matt Navarro as national sales director for its U.S. winter, outdoor and cycling business. Navarro will be responsible for leading Amer's sales efforts in the specialty channels for the Arc'teryx, Salomon, Atomic, Suunto and Mavic brands.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — Retailers are pushing Kent International for products bridging the gap between mass market and specialty retail, and the company has hired Craig Hoyt to head up product development for this program.
MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Saris Cycling Group has promoted Jon Lewis to national sales manager. Based in Waitsfield, Vermont, Lewis will lead a team of sales managers located throughout the United States.
IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hang Ten Bikes has appointed Mike Russell as its director of bike sales. Russell began in the position on Nov. 1.
The company said it has experienced "explosive growth" of cruisers in the last three years.
NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycle has hired Jeanne Mitchell to join its credit department after 20 years at Specialized. The company also has hired Szymon Bielesz as a global marketing specialist, hired Dan Thomas as rider gear business manager and promoted Jen Audia to Liv USA marketing manager.
WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Dorel Sports, the segment of Dorel Industries that includes the company's bike brands, has added two new members to its global finance team.
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — PR and media relations firm True Communications has hired Greg Fisher as an account manager.
Fisher is responsible for media strategy and outreach with a number of True clients.
ORANGE, Calif. (BRAIN) — A memorial service is being planned for Friday for John Pavlisin, Sr., the owner of Orange Cycle, who died on Veterans Day. He was 89 and died from the complications of pneumonia.
NORTHVALE, N.J. (BRAIN) — G Joannou Cycle has hired Jeffrey Young as executive vice president of sales. Young will start Nov. 16 and be responsible for GJC's Jamis and Nirve domestic sales operations.
CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Alex Wassmann will be departing SRAM, effective Nov. 30. Wassmann spent more than 20 years at SRAM in a range of roles through two separate stints. Most recently he directed SRAM's sports marketing partnerships in triathlon, road and cyclocross.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — A year after taking over leadership of Orbea USA, Gonzalo Garcia de Salazar has been promoted to global sales manager for the Spanish brand.
PHOENIX (BRAIN) — Pivot Cycles has hired Bryan Mason as domestic sales manager, supporting U.S. dealers as well as inside and independent reps.
MADRID (BRAIN) — Rotor Bike Components has named Sergio Iglesias creative director. In his new role, Iglesias will be in charge of Rotor´s brand identity, its visual presence in the marketplace, and the brand´s long-term creative direction.
CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Osprey Packs has hired Vince Mazzuca as senior marketing manager and Jennie Wong as sales and marketing coordinator.
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — As mentioned in a recent article about the League of American Bicyclists' new executive director, the League's former CEO, Andy Clarke, has joined Toole Design Grou
MISSOULA, Mont. (BRAIN) — Alex Strickland has been promoted to editor-in-chief at Adventure Cyclist magazine as its previous editor, Michael Deme, has assumed the position of design and media department director and executive editor of the magazine.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bonk Breaker has hired Christian Johnson to fill the company's newly created position of vice president of global sales. The company said the new role highlights its rapid expansion.