Pivot hires Ron Koch and expands internationally

Pivot hires Ron Koch and expands internationally
Pivot Cycles (USA) – Press Release: Pivot Supports Growth with Industry Veteran and New Staff Hires.

Pivot Cycles has quickly become the fastest growing mountain bike brand in the USA and is experiencing a growth curve that has created the need to expand sales offices globally and add new staff to key areas. “We have seen incredible sales increase both in the US and internationally”, says Daniel Limburg, Global Sales Manager at Pivot. “This growth has created a need to expand our sales offices and warehouses around the world.”

Pivot has hired John Pentecost to help lead its International Sales team. Pentecost got his start in the industry as a co-founder of Evil Bikes and E.Thirteen Components, and he’s since served in senior sales and marketing roles at Race Face and Yeti. He brings more than 15 years of experience to Pivot’s already industry-leading sales team.

“When we first discussed expanding our international sales staff months ago, we’d intended to hire a more junior candidate to grow into the role,” said Daniel Limburg, Global Sales Manager at Pivot. “But when John contacted us last summer and expressed an interest in joining our team, we saw his unique blend of international sales and marketing experience as an opportunity to fast forward a few years and grow our business more rapidly.”

For Pentecost’s part, he’s similarly excited: “I’ve admired what Chris has been doing since his days back at Titus,” says Pentecost, referring to Pivot’s President and CEO Chris Cocalis. “The product development team he’s assembled is the best I’ve ever worked with, but beyond that, I love his vision. It’s great to be a part of a company that sees the huge potential in international markets and has dedicated the resources to develop product, logistics, and sales resources to make that happen.”

Pivot has also hired longtime magazine test editor, Ron Koch as its Media Relations and Content Coordinator. He has spent the last 14 plus years reviewing bikes and gear for Bicycling Magazine. “One of the most common questions I’d get at the magazine is what bike should I buy?” Says Koch. “Pivot and even Titus before that were always on that list. In recent years Pivot has dominated my recommendations across categories so spreading the brand’s message will come from a sincere place - it’s a company with product and people that I truly believe in.”

Pivot Cycles now has 3 offices, located strategically across the globe to help aid sales. The home office in Tempe AZ, now employs 61 people with more than 20 new positions added globally over the last 6 months. Pivot’s office in Taiwan, which handles QC and shipping product to distributors worldwide, employs 4 full time staff, and the new sales office located in Stuttgart, Germany employs 5 fulltime and 4 part-time employees, with plans to add more in the coming months.

Recent hires include: Mark A Skidmore (Controller, US), Ryan Williams (Credit and Collections, US), Kevin Sommer (QC & Assembly Tech, US), Nate Veselenak (Warehouse Assembly Tech, US), Katie Shaw (Customer Service Representative, US), Derek McKee (Warehouse Assembly Tech, US), Damon Williams (Demo Driver, US), Zach Martin (Demo Tech, US), Damon Glysson (Warehouse Assembly Tech, US), Grady Weiler (Warehouse and Assembly Tech, US), Florian Reichenberger (Demo Driver, EU), Marco Felske (Demo Driver, EU), Matthais (Banyan) Laschczok (Sales and Customer Support, EU), Christoph Scholz (Marketing Specialist, EU), Hannah Deusch (Marketing Project Management, EU), Emily Landeryou (Operations Manager/Credit and Collections, EU) and Adan Chen (Accounting and International Shipping Coordinator, TW).

“We are very thankful for the support from all of our customers,” said Chris Cocalis, CEO and President of Pivot Cycles. “This growth wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for our loyal customers, dealers and distributors worldwide. Our goal is to continue to provide the best customer service to all our customers. By having the correct people in each location, we ensure product delivery and availability, and I get to focus on my favorite activity – designing the next bike.”

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