SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Kona Bicycles has hired Brian "Sally" Fornes as its new brand manager. Fornes was previously at Raleigh USA where he began his 10-year career in the warranty department, eventually holding titles including "marketing guy" and product manager before parting in December.
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jeff McGuane has joined Specialized as the company's global sales and market development leader. McGuane most recently was the CEO of One Industries, a supplier of protective gear, helmets, gloves, graphics, hard parts and race wear for motocross and mountain bikes.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — Orbea has promoted Matthew Smith to national sales manager.
PHOENIX (BRAIN) — Current and former Cannondale employees were gathered outside the Marriott Hotel at the IBD Summit swapping stories about Steve Gooch, a longtime friend and mentor to many. Gooch was found dead Sunday after what might have been a fall while hiking a favorite trail in Virginia.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BRAIN) — G-Form has hired Bill Rudell as the brand's new sales and marketing manager. Rudell was most recently the North American PR manager for Cycling Sports Group.
TEMECULA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Intense Cycles has hired Drew Engelmann in the newly created role of national sales manager. The new position was necessitated by the growth of Intense's U.S. dealer base over the past 18 months and corresponds with the addition of more outside territory reps, the company said.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BRAIN) — Velocare, a new-bicycle extended warranty provider in the U.S., has hired Erik DeKold as its national sales and marketing director. DeKold is a 17-year bicycle industry veteran.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Two well-known U.S. cycling journalists are joining CyclingTips.com, an Australia-based cycling website that will launch North American coverage on Jan. 1.
AMES, Iowa (BRAIN) — North America Cycles has hired Steven Harad as its director of sales. Harad will oversee the formation of a national sales force to begin selling parts, accessories, and bicycles to IBDs.
EUGENE, Ore. (BRAIN) — Rolf Prima has hired Multisport Arsenal and Jeff Winnick to expand support of the wheel maker’s dealers and bolster its outside rep force.
MUMBAI, India (BRAIN) — Ash Jaising, a consultant who did market research for many of the industry’s biggest companies, has died in his hometown of Mumbai.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BRAIN) — Mark Ray has joined sports protection brand G-Form as its global VP of sales.
WILTON, Ct. (BRAIN) — Morgan Meredith has joined Dorel Sports as global mountain bike marketing manager for Cannondale. The bike division of Dorel Industries has also promoted Jonathan Geran to global director, sports marketing, for Cannondale.
CHICOUTIMI, Quebec (BRAIN) — Canadian bike brand Devinci has promoted David Régnier-Bourque to director of marketing and Jean-Philippe Tremblay to artistic director. The company also hired Julien Boulais as marketing coordinator.
DECATUR, Ga. (BRAIN) — Fred Boykin, founder and owner of Bicycle South outside of Atlanta, has announced that he is selling his shop to manager Brian Dunne and will retire at the end of the year.
NILES, Ill. (BRAIN) — Joe Reichert, owner of Amling’s Cycle Shop and a longtime proponent of recumbents and trikes, suffered a brain aneurysm in mid-November. Reichert was in a coma for two weeks following the aneurysm and remains in the hospital on what is expected to be a long and difficult road to recovery.
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.