Global Bikes owner Brandee Lepak has been voted to chair the National Bicycle Dealers Association Board, reports BRaIN.
Taking over from Chris Kegel who stepped away from the role following a recent cancer diagnosis, Lepak has been on the board since 2013 and now becomes the fourth woman to chair the board.
As mentioned in our recent commentary on guerilla marketing, Lepak has a depth of experience in bike retail and understands first hand the challenges and opportunities available to front line retailers at present.
“I’m thrilled to have Brandee at the helm of the board. She’s driven and you see that throughout her business and connections in the industry,” said Todd Grant, the NBDA’s president. “She has great ideas on business, and she also happens to be a woman, so she brings a great perspective. I look forward to working with her.”
Further changes to the board’s structure include Robert Fullem of Downtube Bicycle Works taking on the vice chair role. Meanwhile Motion Makers shop owner Kent Cranford becomes the second vice president. Erik Kugler, Bicycle Space of Washington’s owner and accredited CPA, has been named treasurer.
Everyone on the board will serve a three-year stint, added Grant, who also outlined that vacant seats are available to bike shop owners wanting to pitch in at the highest level of NBDA discussion. To express an interest in being part of the NDBA, contact Grant via firstname.lastname@example.org.