Greg Blackwell President at Seattle Bike Supply
KENT, USA – Accell Group’s North American distributor of bicycles and components, Seattle Bike Supply (SBS) will have new management as of May 2013. Greg Blackwell will succeed Chuck Hooper as President of the company.
Blackwell is a cycling enthusiast who comes to SBS from a 15-year tenure with Lemans Corporation, parent company of Parts Unlimited. At Parts Unlimited, he directed sales and marketing to successfully build the world’s largest distributor of powersport aftermarket parts and accessories.
Over 150 brands
Seattle Bike Supply distributes bike parts and accessories, from over 150 brands. The company sells exclusively to bicycle dealers and has four warehouse locations in the United States. SBS owns four proprietary brands; Redline, Torker, Pryme and XLC. The company is also the exclusive U.S. distributor for Lapierre Cycles, WeThePeople, Macneil, BeBop pedals and Basil bags.
“I am excited to welcome Greg as the new president of SBS – we couldn’t have found a better fit,” said former President Chuck Hooper. “Greg has a demonstrated passion for cycling, building brands and doing business with specialty dealers. He’s well known for creative sales leadership and will bring incredible value to a well-run business with a legacy for excellent dealer service.”
Transition of leadership
“SBS is a global leader in the bike industry and has an amazing team with a strong vision and energy for the future,” said Blackwell. “SBS is a company that I highly appreciate: it represents integrity and innovation and prioritizes specialty retail relationships.”
Greg will work closely with Chuck Hooper in the transition of leadership. Hooper will formally step away from his role in May of this year and will continue in a directional role within the corporate leadership of SBS for the foreseeable future.
“After 28 years at Seattle Bike Supply, the last 20 years as President, it will take a while to hand everything over and I would not feel right stepping down till everyone felt comfortable in their new roles,” Hooper said. “I am looking forward to retirement time but will be available to SBS and Accell to work on special projects after I step down as President