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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Banjo Brothers co-founder Eric Leugers’ engineering background is at the forefront of all Banjo products. He is constantly problem solving, putting functionality first.