Boulder, CO: After a thorough 18-month process, the BPSA Board of Directors voted April 4th to merge with PeopleForBikes Coalition. The PFBC Board approved the merger today.
All PFBC and BPSA members were notified of the joint vote with a letter from BPSA and PFBC Presidents Adam Micklin and Tim Blumenthal. Details of the merger and its implications are presented here. [JJ to provide URL]
BPSA is devoting a full session at the Bicycle Leadership Conference to explain the benefits of the merger to the industry and answer questions and concerns. The BPSA membership needs to ratify the merger by a majority vote. This will take place at the BLC and by e-mail beginning April 17th.
“The BPSA has been a volunteer-Board organization protecting our supplier membership interests in safety, trade and legislative affairs for over 100 years,” noted BPSA President Adam Micklin after the vote.
“This vote to merge with PeopleForBikes while maintaining the engagement of our current BPSA Board and Executive Director is a move toward the future health and prosperity of our industry. We must have a unified effort to continue and expand our great work and to increase participation in cycling moving forward.”
“We all want the bicycle business to grow and thrive and we also want better bike rides for everyone,” said Tim Blumenthal, president of PeopleForBikes Coalition. “This merger is a logical and important step towards achieving these interconnected goals. Our industry will benefit greatly from a more powerful unified voice, additional staff and volunteer resources, and a broader base of support.”
At the conclusion of the BLC event, during the group dinner, the BPSA presented their annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike Mercuri (aka Merc), one of the founders of SRAM in 1987 and chairman of the PeopleForBikes board from 2013-2015.
“I’m not sure I’m deserving of this award,” said Merc. “But, I am proud that SRAM and World Bicycle Relief have been a positive force in the world of bikes, and I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have worked in this awesome industry for the last 30 years.”
Based on the success of the joint BPSA/PeopleForBikes legislative monitoring program, the BPSA Marketing Committee (Pat Hus, Chair, Matt Karaus, Creative Director, Megan Tompkins, Adam Micklin, Ray Keener) created a new branding ad, now running in BRaIN.
“The legislative monitoring partnership is such a valuable asset to the industry,” said Pat Hus, BPSA Marketing Committee chair. “It’s a huge factor in driving our membership increase, so we want to make sure the industry awareness is high.”
There is also a related animated .gif running on the IBD Summit website: http://www.theibdsummit.com/. And check back here for more great news on the legislative front in the coming year.
BPSA continues its role as the primary source of industry supplier education withy title sponsorship of Interbike’s inaugural Supplier Seminar Series at the recently concluded Vegas show.
Over 200 supply-side students flocked to the seven speaker and panel sessions over the three days of the show. Topics included:
• The New Definition of Performance – Designing the Future of Mobility
• Outside-In Product Line Planning: Tools and Techniques for Using Consumer Segmentation
• Succession Planning for Business Owners
• How to Get Noticed: Tips From Media Experts
“We’re excited to extend the BPSA’s educational influence from the Bicycle Leadership Conference to our industry’s biggest trade event,” noted Megan Tompkins, BLC Content Committee chair. “We’re looking forward to working with Pat, Justin and the Interbike team to put on an even better series of seminars in 2017.”
Claudia Wasko from Bosch, Brian Benzer from SRAM and Shimano’s Andrew Kempe were elected in April 2016 as the newest BPSA Board members at the Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey, CA.
Each attended their first BBPSA Board meeting in Boulder, CO in mid-June. For a complete list of BPSA Board members and officers, click here.