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Banjo Blog — Corporate Culture

Eric Hawkins and his father, Howard, the Founder of Park Tool. Park Tool was founded in 1963.

FIVE THINGS WITH CYCLIST ERIC HAWKINS - CEO PARK TOOL

FIVE THINGS is a feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. It’s a short interview about life and bicycles with a notable person. This week's notable person is Park Tool's, Eric Hawkins.

Eric Hawkins is the owner/CEO and Chief Mechanic at Park Tool Company the world’s largest manufacturer of specialty bicycle tools and fixtures. Raised in a bike shop, Eric’s career started assembling Sting Rays and Varsity(s) at his father’s shop in the mid 70’s then on to work at Park Tool starting in 1983. Park Tool was started by Eric’s father and a business partner out of the back of a bike shop in the mid 60’s and has now grown to include over 500 products and is distributed to bikes shops and home mechanics in over 75 countries.

Enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.

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Five Things with QBP President Rich Tauer

FIVE THINGS WITH QBP PRESIDENT AND CYCLIST RICH TAUER

This week’s FIVE THINGS is with Rich Tauer, the president of Quality Bicycle Products (QBP.) The fifty-something avid bicycle commuter has spent nearly thirty years working at the industry's largest wholesale distributor of bicycle products and accessories. Learn about his favorite bikes, his ideal ending to a favorite fat bike ride and the influential voices he listens to as he navigates changing times in the retail and bike industry worlds.

 

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Dann Zinke Recovery Bike Shop

FIVE THINGS WITH DANN ZINKE MANAGER RECOVERY BIKE SHOP NE MPLS

By some standards, Dann's newbie to the "bike shop life" getting his first bike shop gig in 2010. A missionary's kid, he grew up around Tokyo and speaks Japanese. A man of adventure, he took a break from the bikes for a few years to attend Bible and for an internship  at a church in England. He's living  the good life these days wrenching bikes, wearing lots of wool and trying not o.d. on Grant Peterson. We think you'll enjoy this week's FIVE THINGS.

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FIVE THINGS WITH KATE SCHADE FOUNDER OF KATE'S REAL FOOD

FIVE THINGS WITH KATE SCHADE FOUNDER OF KATE'S REAL FOOD

FIVE THINGS is a weekly feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. It’s a short interview about life and bicycles with a notable person. This week’s FIVE THINGS is with Kate Schade, founder, Kate's Real Food. Kate’s Real Food is a small company in the Idaho backcountry making  handmade, organic energy bars with all-natural ingredients. Kate dived headlong into the business world in 2010 after making her Tram Bars to sustain her and her pals during their epic backcountry adventures. She's been a ski bum, slinged Italian food, managed CSA farm called Cosmic Apple Gardens.  Oh, and did we mention she races motorcycles in the dessert? Enjoy this week's FIVE THINGS.

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