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Published August 16, 2012

Quality hires new reps • SR Suntour adds warranty website • Trips for Kids awards grants

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN) Thursday August 16 2012 9:33 AM MT—QBP has added three new regional sales reps, in the Eastern, Midwestern and Western regions.

QBP now has a sales rep serving every territory in the United States.

Kory Pitcher is the new outside rep for Utah, southern Idaho, Montana and western Wyoming. Pitcher has 20 years' experience in the bike industry, as a mechanic, educator, bicycle fitter, bike team member, and a bike shop owner.

Benton Hunt is the new outside rep for Upstate New York, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania. After college, and a five-year detour managing his family’s vacuum cleaner and sewing shop, he moved to Minneapolis and ultimately became store manager at Penn Cycles in neighboring Richfield.

Scott Van Maldegiam is the new rep for southern Wisconsin and Illinois. He managed the Chicago territory for Giant Bicycle for almost four years before coming to QBP. Before that, he worked in sales and marketing at Motorola, Tellabs, and in the mortgage industry. He has been a USA Cycling Level-2 coach and regularly participates in Chicago cyclocross races.

SR Suntour North America adds new warranty and service website

VANCOUVER, WA (BRAIN) Thursday August 16 2012 9:38 AM MT—SR Suntour North America has launched a new warranty and service website for dealers and consumers. The new site,, allows dealers and consumers to submit warranty and service requests.

The company said dealers benefit in being able to submit claims 24 hours a day. Confirmation of the claim is usually sent within 24 hours.

Consumers can also submit claims and register their products online.

“The new website has received tremendous fanfare from the dealers that I’ve talked to,” said Nick Hannah-Moore, senior service tech with SR Suntour North America. “The site is evolving day by day and the more feedback we receive the more the site is being crafted to meet the needs of the bike dealers and consumers."

Trips for Kids awards $30,000 in grants

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN) Thursday August 16 2012 9:41 AM MT—The Trips for Kids board of directors recently awarded $30,000 in grants to support Trips for Kids' 79 program chapters across North America and Israel. The funding was allocated to chapters as both National Conference Grants and General Support Grants.

The Trips for Kids National Conference Grant awarded a total of $5,000 to help chapters with financial hardship attend the Trips for Kids National Conference Day at the IMBA World Summit in Santa Fe, NM in October. Each qualifying chapter received a grant of $500 towards their trip expenses.

The General Support Grant awarded a total of $25,000 to 23 chapters to assist in their growth and development, and for special projects.

"We wanted to recognize the incredible work our chapters are putting into their programs" said Tim Harrington, Trips for Kids board president … It really is about community and through Trips for Kids and our industry sponsors we can all help bridge the divide that keeps so many underprivileged youth just beyond the reach of a bike trail."

These grants are made possible in large part due to the proceeds from the sale of donated items that Trips for Kids receives each year from corporate sponsors across the cycling and outdoor industries.

Since its inception in 1988, more than 90,000 underserved youths have participated in Trips for Kids programs across North America. Each of the nonprofit's 79 chapters is designed to meet the needs of the individual community, offering lessons in confidence building, achievement and environmental awareness.

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