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Gary Sjoquist

Director of Advocacy

Areas of Expertise:
Advocacy and Fat Bike topics locally and nationwide

Bio:
Director of QBP’s advocacy efforts for 12 years, Gary boasts a long record of successful activism on behalf of the bike industry. He helped found Bikes Belong and Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists, and established the Twin Cities chapter of Trips for Kids. He is director for the Minnesota State Mountain Bike Racing Series and also the founding chair for the Minnesota High School Cycling League, which enrolls male and female student athletes in mountain-bike racing.


Jason Gaikowski

Director of Brand Marketing and Sales

Areas of Expertise:
Q&A on your shop's brand positioning, identity, and marketing possibilities

Bio:
Jason offers deep expertise in brand development and knowledge of how brand-based strategies impact business performance. He honed these skills as director of Innovation & Strategy with VML and SVP and as director of Brand Strategy with Young & Rubicam. During his career Jason has served many prestigious clients including Miller Brewing Company, Gatorade, Sports Illustrated, Colgate-Palmolive, Ford, Microsoft, Intel, Wonderbread, Sprint, Allstate Insurance, and other leading brands.


Jerry Pomije

Vice President of Distribution, Chief Financial Officer

Areas of Expertise:
Business vision, leadership and strategy, succession planning, process improvement and business finance. NOTE: If you wish to review your business financial statements please be sure to bring them with you.

Bio:
With an MBA and 28 years of leadership experience, Jerry is passionate about business. Drawing on insights garnered from roles in retail, business banking and the bicycle industry, Jerry offers a wealth of practical wisdom for shop owners and their managerial staff.


Kim Brown

Director of Distribution

Areas of Expertise:
Shipping, receiving, carrier selection and negotiations, inventory best practices, and facility layout.

Bio:
With an MBA in Business and Technology, Kim has worked in four different industries and has 28 years experience in manufacturing and distribution. Applying her wide breadth of knowledge in operations and continuous improvement, Kim has opened new facilities, relocated existing facilities, and developed successful operating plans.


Lori Richman

Director of Organization Development

Areas of Expertise:
Coaching, organization culture, candid conversation, increasing personal performance, building the capacity of others.

Bio:
Lori brings 30 years of leadership experience to her position as director of Organization Development at QBP. With QBP for more than 12 years, Lori works to develop QBP through vision, purpose, leadership, clarity of expectations, and effective communication for high-performance individuals, teams and departments. She has an MA in leadership, is a passionate ongoing creator, learner and catalyst for others in the school of life. She is a lifelong biker.


Mike Barnidge

Credit Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Credit – both trade and private (bank), financial statement review, big-picture business decisions, franchising, competitive advantage analysis.

Bio:
As credit manager, Mike brings a unique perspective to QBP. His background as a small business banker, commercial lender and securities licensed investment professional allows him to consider all angles of successful business planning. He came to QBP to follow his passions for cycling and working with small businesses.


Mike Lind

Purchasing and Inventory Director

Areas of Expertise:
Purchasing, forecasting, inventory management, product management, margin and pricing strategy.

Bio:
Mike leads QBP’s Purchasing, Inventory Planning, Traffic, Compliance, and Vendor Sales teams. He has 36 years of industry experience, including 21 years with QBP and 15 years of retail experience as a store manager and buyer. Mike is a lifelong road cyclist.


Ryan Johnson

Marketing Manager QBP Consumer Brands

Areas of Expertise:
Brand identity, advertising, web strategy, social marketing

Bio:
With 18 years of graphic design, advertising and marketing experience, Ryan brings a broad perspective to his role as manager of the QBP Consumer Brands. His wide knowledge of all cycling categories helps him provide relevant advice about the best marketing strategies for your shop.


Todd Cravens

Director of Dealer Services

Areas of Expertise:
Sales, customer service, credit, terms, rebates, freight, POS mapping, connectivity, SmartEtailing and more.

Bio:
With a degree in economics, Todd has been in the bike industry since 1975. During those years, he has done it all—from working in, managing and owning shops, to manufacturing, purchasing and product management. At QBP, he focuses on dealer services that add value: credit, connectivity, business strategy and all things Q. Todd is a competitive cyclist on both the road and the track.


SmartEtailing

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