Another new chapter and a “rebirth”…
As of May 1st, I will no longer be the Marketing Manager for Pivot Cycles and BH Bikes USA. I leave the company with nothing but respect for Chris Cocalis and both of the brands I was lucky to work on, and the people I worked with- coworkers, retailers, reps, distributors, magazines, etc.
Pivot and BH are two very dynamic brands with a lot of growing potential. Both brands will only be growing, I can promise you that. With all of that dynamic potential and momentum, it’s increasingly important for both brands to have the full-time physical presence of the Marketing Manager in Phoenix, AZ where the companies are headquartered in the US. As I am committed to remaining in San Diego and staying put with my family, and keeping my oldest daughter in the same school with all her friends she started school with in kindergarten, the decision was made to make a change.
As of today, I am not aware of where I will land, but I promise you that I will be doing all I can to remain in this industry- it’s my home, my passion, and the one thing I can honestly say I truly “understand”. This next chapter might even mean that I finally create something of my own; I’ve talked for years about a desire to collaborate with more companies and consult on projects ranging from branding strategy, to marketing, to product development… all of the things I love so much. I’ve often wanted to work more closely with Taiwan based companies as well, and this could allow me that opportunity if nothing else presents itself that allows me to meet my objective of remaining based in San Diego.
I fell in love with the sport and the business of cycling in 1982 and I have only briefly ever left either. I’ve worked in shops and for some really fantastic brands- NiteRider, Canari, Masi (Haro), ASI (Fuji) and then Pivot/ BH. I’ve been blessed by this industry and I consider myself lucky. Whether I do actually start something of my own, or find a new home within another brand, it is the bike industry that I plan to remain connected to.
In this change, I also plan to rededicate myself to this overly neglected blog, as well as keep my conversations alive on both Twitter and Facebook. A lot of my personal and professional growth in the past came from my involvement with “social media”… and I plan to return in full force. I’ll also be working with a new online cycling site as a contributor. My first pieces for them will be showing up soon… so stay tuned.
The one constant in life is change. I have lived that a lot… and will continue to, I hope.
Change is a new beginning, a rebirth, and a chance to do things better than before. I’m embracing that.