Meet Our Family
Nick never intended to start The Pro’s Closet, he was (and still is) a minimalist that wanted to simply create space. In 2006, while living out of his VW Van in Grand Junction CO, he sold everything on eBay. At the time he was pedaling professionally for Trek/VW’s regional team (www.ridewithnickmartin.com) and chasing “the dream”. One thing lead to another and before he knew it, he was sitting behind a computer selling product for his peers while they where out training. When Nick is not steering The Pro’s Closet forward, he’s collecting mid-century antiques, making music, mowing the lawn, pursuing his next chapter in interior design and kicking it with his black lab Norman.
Bobby hails from the scarcely pronounceable town of Oconomowoc, WI, but he’ll usually just say Milwaukee to make things easy. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. After braving many of Milwaukee’s harsh winters he escaped here to the Front Range and, like a true hardman, came to find it mild in comparison. Perhaps more importantly though, it was filled with endless opportunities for adventure. An avid outdoorsman, his favorite thing to do is go backcountry snowboarding with his Collie, Whiskey. In the summer you’ll find him playing disc golf, long boarding with his dog, and camping. If you ask him to play you a tune he’ll bust out his guitar or ukulele for you. Also an art history nerd, he tries to live his life by the Flemish motto of Dutch painter Jan Van Eyck and American craftsman Gustav Stickly: “Als Ik Kan” – “To the best of my ability.” No matter his profession he tries living each day without cutting corners or compromising on quality. It’s this special type of energy and drive that brought him to TPC. He’s worked with National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Player Tribune, Peck School of the Arts, and several other companies. Thanks to these experiences and the influence of those equally passionate about the trade, he remains driven to pursue what he loves–photography.
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Born and raised in Vermont, Brennan fell in love with the outdoors. However, like many of us from the east coast, he dreamed of those bigger, badder mountains out west. After some contemplation, Brennan found himself at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in sunny Boulder, Co where he instantly took to the burgeoning cycling culture. When he is not on a bicycle, Brennan can be found in the garage with his Jack Russell Terrier, working on the old ‘84 Mercedes 300TD.
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Brittany is TPC’s senior photographer, and one of our original employees. In the beautiful Flatiron mountains, she grew up in fondness for the outdoor and social liveliness of Boulder, Colorado. After a short time studying art in San Francisco, she finished her education at the University of Colorado graduating with double major in Studio Art and Women and Gender studies. Currently, Brittany is working towards her masters in photography at the Academy of Art University. In her spare time, she does photo essays for Denver Post’s entertainment site, Reverb. Her morning are spent practicing yoga and Pilates and, on most evenings, ending her day on a good glass of vino.
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Bruce was born in the cornfields of Iowa City, but grew up tending rice paddies and sugarcane in Guangdong Province where he spent his lazy farm days dreaming of returning to America, of escaping into the mountains. He came to Colorado to realize this dream, to climb the rocks and get closer to the sky. While in Boulder he studied English at The University of Colorado, and received an MFA in creative writing. When not at work, he’s outside playing on the road or in the mountains, searching for the limits of his body. No matter the bike, he loves to climb. “When my heart is ready to explode, and my legs are filled with acid, and my vision narrows into a dark tunnel of pain, I sometimes feel like I could touch heaven itself.” Bruce received an MFA in creative writing and would like to become a hip hop artist.
The most bearded member of TPC’s growing midwest mafia, Chad hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He could show you where that is on the mitten but his mitts are meant for wrenching barehanded on bikes and petting doggies. But he’s more than just a pair of tough mitts. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Western Michigan University. Turn your back on him for a second and he’ll engineer you bike into pieces and back again before you even know what happened. It’ll shift better afterward too. He exchanged the Michigan mitten for the mountains, coming to Colorado to take in all the amazing cycling and snowboarding the state has to offer. And he gets after it, riding his 1000 lbs (estimated) cross bike into work everyday, racking up more commuting miles than anyone else in the shop. He’s a man who happy just being outside on his bike. When it’s time to shred some singletrack though, he awakens like a master swordsman after a long and meditative peace. With a background racing motocross, he’s not afraid to stick the elbow out and destroy some berms. If he’s not mountain biking or snowboarding, he can probably be found outside, hiking vast distances with his girlfriend and dog.
Chris was born in the UK and moved to the East Coast at a young age. He moved to Colorado for the mountains and attended University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his BFA in Film Studies. Chris isn’t a racer, but he much prefers riding a bike to driving for the fresh air and some space to think. In his leisure time, Chris plays with his beautiful four-year-old daughter Maya and watches movies and documentaries. Outside of The Pro’s Closet, he is a freelance photographer and cinematographer. In the office, Chris puts his camera skills to good use shooting our museum videos. At 6’8″, he is also handy for reaching the top shelf around here.
An academic from the shores of MA, Chris came to Boulder with aspirations of aligning his professional and recreational lifestyles. With picturesque mountains lining the city, Boulder presented Chris the perfect opportunity to explore his passion for rock climbing and photography. He left a lot behind in his cross-country move but he was sure to bring along his very first bicycle, the Schwinn Predator Monster BMX bike with Skyway Mags. A gem for sure! At TPC, Chris uses his extensive camera knowledge to push our Photography Department to new levels. In the 80’s, Chris spent his weekends rocking Adidas jumpsuits battling with his break dance crew.
Colby considers himself a man of many homes. Born in Bakersfield, CA and raised in a nearby farming community, he spent his early days on the family farm where he learned the value of a dollar and the meaning of hard work. He then moved to Texas in middle school, back to California for high school, then out to Austin where he attended Texas State University and studied Agriculture Business Management. He’s also raced cross-country MTB and rode bulls competitively. Yes, Colby is a true country boy. Aspiring to work in in the cycling industry, he made the wise choice to move to the epicenter of cycling in the USA, Boulder, CO. Colby has found his newest home at The Pro’s Closet, where he has become a hard-working Auction Manager, bringing top dollar for his consignor’s products.
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The first time David went skydiving he jumped out of the plane solo. Some even say he had no chute and that he made it to the ground by grabbing his instructor like Keanu Reeves grabbed Patrick Swayze in Point Break. Maybe it was this same sense of adventure that drove him to pack up and leave Nashville, Tennessee for Colorado. Like many he came for the mountains, but more so to be in the center of the American Cycling industry. He shares TPC’s energy and enthusiasm about bikes and loves helping people sell their old equipment, whether it’s to help them fund a new bike, or just clean out their garage. His own bikes are ever changing, but he always keeps at least one road bike and one mountain bike. His favorite type of rides are long epics out on singletrack or deserted gravel roads. In solitude there is joy, and it’s on these long rides, deep into the quiet beauty of the mountains, free of people and the constraints of normal life, that he’s able find his own small piece of nirvana. And if not there, he can find it in an oven, cooking and baking, making all sorts of delicious sweets for the TPC crew.
Let’s start with some stats: 2x Ironman Wisconsin Finisher, 3x Half-Ironman finisher, and more sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and running races than you can count on your fingers and toes. Not only is Doug a seasoned racer, but when something, anything around the TPC shop needs to be fixed, built, or broken, Doug is the man to call. Batman’s utility belt looks like a toy compared to Doug’s 2-ton toolbelt. He can mend anything and everything with it, that is unless it’s a broken heart. But he’ll sure as hell still try. Doug left Big Bend, Wisconsin and came to Boulder for the sunshine, mountains, epic cycling, and because it’s such a great place for him and his wife to raise their 2-year-old son. A loyal Felt rider, Doug can often be spotted on his TT bike riding all over Boulder, even dragging it up Left Hand Canyon and Flagstaff Mountain. He says he can’t put the thing away because it’s just so fast. And for Doug, the fantastic scenery around town just makes the suffering seem peaceful. And whether it’s a ride, a run, a swim, or all three, there’s nothing better than capping it all off with some good IPAs and some time with the family.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, and a flatlander for 22 straight years, James fell in love with trail riding and the west while mountain biking in Utah during college. In his last two years of school he lived above a small bike shop where he built his first road bike by cobbling together used components. This experience helped cement his passion for working with bikes and developing personal connections with each machine. It’s also how we knew James would fit right in at TPC. He came to love Boulder after a staying in a cabin at Chautauqua, situated beneath the awe-inspiring Flatirons. Seeing cyclists climbing and descending the twisting pavement of Flagstaff road, he knew he wanted nothing more than to live and ride in the Rockies. He’s a gravel grinding specialist, drawn to gnarly conditions and long hours in the saddle, not afraid to hike his bike to find those special secret spots. “Those bleary eyed, ass-aching, bone shaking rides where everything seems to be crushing down on top of you, that’s where I think the zen of cycling shines through. In the end, the conditions, the equipment, will rarely ever make or break you, it’s just up to you to keep the cranks turning. What goes around comes around”
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Jarrad originally hails from Pittsburgh, PA and attended the State University of New York at Oswego where he studied business, entrepreneurship, and graphic design. Before coming to Boulder, Jarrad lived the ski bum lifestyle in Breckenridge. In the bike world, Jarrad is a rad mountain biker but also rides his klunker around town. Besides bikes, Jarrad plays in a local hockey league and loves being on the slopes, and if he finds himself near the ocean, he surfs. In his college years Jarrad built antler chandeliers and rustic furniture for a living. Jarrad is the quintessential Colorado mountain man. At The Pro’s Closet, Jarrad makes bikes and gear look steller under the lights, and he helps promote our business through various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.
Originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Jeanette left the land of Prince and 10,000 lakes for the beautiful weather, ample outdoor recreation, and slightly fewer lakes of Colorado. She was busy on her way over, going to the University of Minnesota for Business and Speech, the University of Phoenix for an MBA, and Leeds School of Business, CU for Accounting. She’s run Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota twice and when she’s not at work crushing numbers into dust she likes to jog and hike. On occasion, she’ll pick up a set of clubs and hit a little white ball into a tiny hole dug into some patch of manicured grass. She says she’s not very good, but don’t let her modesty fool you. Her husband Joe and daughter Ellen are witness to plenty of games shot under par and maybe even a few hole-in-ones. She loves the people at TPC, and even more so, she loves getting on her bright pink Electra Townie and beating the whole crew to Avery Brewery. Put a good brew at the finish and none of the TPC racers stand a chance. That, or her favorite food, Dilly Bars.
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Skrrrrt! was the sound heard around the TPC shop when Jeff skidded in hot from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A Chemical and Biological Engineering student, and a native of the North Shore, he came to Boulder searching for mountains in need of conquering and a wild west in need of taming. And he plans to do so with his collection of glorious steel bikes. It all started with brakeless track bikes, riding his beautiful NJS whips on the road, and evolved into crushing climbs on his bespoke custom Waterford. It’s painted like a Wisconsin cow, to remind him of where he came from, but the build is modern and fast, to help take him where he’s going. Jeff is a rider of the Rising Sun, and for him it’s all about Japan, Shimano, and Dura-Ace 4 life. When he’s not looking fast on the bike, he’s looking good on the street with technical fabrics and functional aesthetic systems. Beyond his sick clothes he loves music, high fidelity sound, and photography. He’s inspired by dystopian futures, perhaps like the one we’re living in today, but he has no fear of them. He steps on his NJS track bike and tells us, “the possibility for victory is unlimited,” then keeps riding west in search of more challenges to conquer.
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A humble man from Western Mass, Jeff possesses a commanding voice that never fails to whip the shop into order. He went to Salem State in Massachusetts, and graduate school at CSU where he studied International Development & Globalization. It was in Colorado where he met and fell in love with both the mountains and his wife. After spending time in the corporate world, it has been a welcome change for Jeff to come to Boulder and work alongside the passionate and motivated individuals at TPC. A passionate mountain biker for over 20 years he tries to get out on the trails a couple times a week, even these days with a busy job and two kids. He’s not afraid to hammer it out and take it to the limit after work with the TPC fast crew. For Jeff, it used to be about the adrenaline rush, but with time and maturity, riding has morphed into his prefered way of staying healthy in hopes of keeping up with his own speedy kids. He’s excited to continue living the outdoor lifestyle and introducing the little ones to the joys of hiking and biking.
Jim was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee where his childhood doodling led him to pursue a college degree in the arts. He attended Memphis College of Art and studied photography, metalsmithing, and art history while also chasing a roller derby career. He followed his dreams, and a roller derby girl, to Colorado where he spends his free time building tiny bikes, coaching a Denver Roller Dolls team, and writing rap songs about cats. When Jim is in the office he leads our Customer Service Department. Jim owns a BMX bike signed by Justin Timberlake.
Chief Technology Officer
Need someone with unmatched tech savvy to solve your problems? Jim’s the man. He graduated from the University of Buffalo where he studied Applied Mathematics and Computing. As TPC’s resident tech expert, he’s who we rely on when our poor, cycling riddled minds are overcome by the complexities of modern technology. He’s faster with a keyboard and mouse than most of us are on our bikes, bringing out new tools and upgrades with lighting speed. Born in Rochester, New York and a former resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Jim traded the East Coast for an opportunity to live and work in an area not only rich in technology, but rich in nature as well. He chose Boulder and TPC for the healthy and stimulating environment where he can ride his bike to work and spend time with his wife and three energetic boys, experiencing our town’s multitude of outdoor activities.
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Joe is the shop Ironman. He left his Wisconsin roots to train with the endurance community in Colorado. He participated in the Inaugural Boulder Ironman and is a two time Xterra National Championship participant! When Joe isn’t tireless training for his next competition, he can be found road tripping, drinking a beer or exploring the wilderness with his bearded lady, Willow.
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Jon grew up in the hustle and bustle of New York City, and went west to Wyoming in order to find himself in the open spaces and fresh air. He studied History at the University of Wyoming and aspires to be a museum curator. He has an affinity for modern art, photography, new media, and collects concert posters. Jon has been a cyclist his whole life and has never owned a car. In his free time, he plays tennis, collects vinyl records, travels, and sails. Jon is in command at our Denver location. Stop by and ask him for a tour, and get acquainted with the most recent expansion of The Pro’s Closet.
TPCs resident vegan powerhouse, Jorge Hernadez, hails from Ventura, California. Despite its famous surfing conditions, Jorge’s heart has remained inland. It was here where his passion for cycling began with an old Colnago road bike. A classic love story, they’d go together on long winding rides down the California coast, with moonlit walks on the beach. There were moments of great suffering, painful uphill battles, but they always resolved, and in the end there was always joy. Though he has left California, this love has not waned. He came to Colorado not only for the mountains, but for the industry of his passion. He loves working with the myriad of bikes at TPC, and diving headfirst into our culture of shred. His long coastline romps have given way ripping Colorado’s endless amazing mountain bike trials. When he’s not riding, he still likes to go outside. Whether it’s to workout, or meditate, or go on long hikes with his girlfriend and dog, it’s the outdoors that drives his spirit. A spirit he brings with him to work, to promote healthy eating, and healthy living.
Josh loves snow. He really, really loves it. He’s never lived anyplace he couldn’t be near it. Be it Chicago, Washington state, southern California teaching snowboarding, or ski bumming Breckenridge, Colorado, Josh was never far from his board. If he’s not at the shop, most days he’s backcountry snowboarding with his Saint Bernard, Franky, or he’s spinning old-school hip hop albums with a cold brew. Josh is our resident snow sports buyer and lead auction manager.
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Justin is a crowd favorite. Whether he is in the peloton, at karaoke bar, or entertaining his new baby girl, Darla…. he’s making history. When we first met Justin, he was one of the best climbers on the pro circuit, racing for Toyota United. Before that, he was a collegiate cross country star and was recently inducted into the East Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame. Justin is a tough act to follow… anyone that knows him will concur. Today Justin is head of our new business development working remotely from his office in North Carolina. Working along side retailers, reps, teams, athletes, and companies to help them manage their inventory, operate more efficiently and building relationships in a new retail market.
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Fueled by coffee and EDM, Kevin is one of TPC’s resident hammers. Other than Ice Cream, he’s unable to list any interests outside of bicycles. He calls himself one dimensional. Here at TPC we have another word for it: Fast. He spends tons of time and puts in a lot of miles on his fleet of Specialized bikes. Hailing from Brandon, Mississippi, he went to Mississippi State University for Banking & Finance and Kinesiology. He’d tell you more about himself, but he’s already dropped you!
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A successful Boulder entrepreneur, Luke has a resume stacked high to the ceiling with accomplishments and the physical height to match. His upbringing was split between Colorado and New York and in previous lives he played basketball as a forward for the Cornell Big Red, and was also COO at Eco-Products where he helped the company grow from less than $1 million to more than $80 million in nine years. He also has an email-based jobs site called Luke’s Circle (http://www.lukescircle.com/) that connects talented people with emerging companies. He and his family settled in Boulder in 2004, driven by a desire to get involved in a small business in a healthy lifestyle industry. TPC is one of many ventures Luke is involved in, but it has that special vibe and energy that just keeps him coming back for more! He’s a mountain biker but now-a-days puts in way more mileage chasing his three kids around. But when he catches them, he loves spending time taking them on trips, traveling the world as a family. He believes that exposing yourself to different cultures is one of the most impactful ways to grow as a person. “It forces you to ask questions. It spurs creativity. It creates appreciation for what you have.” It this mindfulness as well as his entrepreneurial prowess that make Luke so valuable to the TPC team.
Nate got hooked on bikes when he was living in Chicago. He found that exploring the city by bike was way more fun than driving a car in traffic. At the time Nate was working as an auto mechanic but spending free time buying and building up bikes. He knew he wanted to work in the cycling industry but didn’t see himself in a traditional shop. When he found The Pro’s Closet was hiring he jumped at the opportunity. Nate is not only a skilled mechanic but also a talented musician. In fact, he was the musical entertainment at his own wedding earlier this year. If you need someone to fix your bike, sing you a song, or take a look at your pick-up, Nate is your man!
Peter is our resident Texan and expert bicycle mechanic. He grew up in College Station, Texas riding BMX bikes in vacant lots over handmade dirt jumps until one Christmas he received a full suspension mountain bike and everything changed! Peter started working in the cycling industry at a small shop in College Station called Aggieland Cycling. For seven years he fine-tuned his mechanical skills and acquired various bits of bike knowledge. After becoming one of the assistant managers, he graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism Science (aka fun having) and moved to Denver with hopes to further a career in the cycling industry. You can find him on the trails exploring his love of two wheels, in the mountains snowboarding, at county fairs sampling the funnel cakes, or on a sunny deck enjoying a Colorado craft brew. In the shop, Peter can be seen with a cup of coffee in hand, his dog Willow at his side, and a smile on his face as he prepares your used bike for sale.
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Brewmaster Phil is a country man. Growing up in West Virginia and North Carolina where hiking, camping, and biking are learned in preschool, it’s no wonder Phil has that country boy heart. In 2003, he transplanted to Telluride, CO to add skiing to his already active lifestyle. And June 2012 he married his strikingly pretty lady, Emily. It’s always a treat at TPC when he brings in a homebrew. Phil is The Pro’s Closet resident bike expert. He makes sure every cycle, frame, and wheel meets our standards for resale. Have a random bike question? Ask away at email@example.com.
Sean “SULLY” Sullivan
Sean, a.k.a. “Sully,” is originally from the wild country of Tasmania, Australia. He came to the United States to race bikes and stayed when he met the woman of his dreams at a BBQ in the Colorado high country. Sean has been racing bikes for the past 25 years and his claim to fame is that he was able to win a pro race on five different continents before retiring in 2013. He will soon be teaching his baby boy Elix how to ride bikes and share his father’s love for man’s greatest invention. Sean enjoys hiking, traveling, music, bikes, and dreams of one day owning a 1960’s Cadillac. He has also been staying active by training for his first marathon. When he isn’t hard at work in the posting department, Sean is enjoying the beautiful outdoors here in Boulder or playing with his little boy.
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Steve was raised in a cabin with an outhouse and sled dog team in the back yard. Despite the -60F winters and brutal mud seasons, he still found time to fall in love with great outdoors and man’s greatest invention: the bicycle. Steve’s passion followed him to Western Colorado where BMX racing and Mountain biking were balanced with adventures to the deserts of the Colorado Plateau and the mountains surrounding Telluride and Ouray. After attending the University of Colorado, Steve set out to enjoy the Boulder lifestyle to the fullest: camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, and manicuring moustaches. Though his heart may lie somewhere in the labyrinth canyons of Eastern Utah, Steve is excited to find himself at The Pro’s Closet, where he strives to become a guru of quality control as the Shipping Department Manager.
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A San Diego, California native, Tim grew up on the beach with the surf and salt air. But for as long as he could remember the mountains called to him from far away, like a whisper in his ear. As a student he studied Kinesiology at San Diego State University with an emphasis on Physical Therapy and has also earned multiple certifications as a bike fitter. But as years passed the whisper he heard grew and grew until one day he was no longer content to remain by the sea forever. Heeding the call he finally allowed himself to be pulled inland toward the mountains, settling with us here on the Front Range. As a staunch minimalist, he’s found a home at TPC, working to promote a culture of efficiency and continuous improvement. Besides riding after work with the TPC Crew he enjoys cooking, running with his Weimaraner, Cali, and camping. The sea hasn’t left him entirely though. It has remained with him in sport and in 2014 he dipped his feet back into the water, competing in the inaugural Boulder Ironman. A man of many disciplines, his future race objectives include the Xterra Trail Run World Championships.
This history buff left her Texas roots with aspirations of becoming part of the rich cycling culture that is bubbling over in Denver. Always exploring and searching for new trails, Val is taking full advantage of Colorado’s offerings. Currently, her go-to bike is the track bike she purchased from our warehouse neighbor, Alchemy Cycles. Before landing in the Centennial State, Val rode her bike from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska to raise money for cancer research, an adventure she described as “pretty cool”.
William Yates IV
West Virginian by birth, Coloradoan by lifestyle, Bill has followed in the footsteps left by so many mid-westerners before him. He started his adult life as a clean-cut mathematics student at Kent State University, but the calling of the mountains became too strong. He packed his bags and headed out west where he would live as a ski bum, grow out his beard, and live the life he could only dream of months earlier. One day before hitting the slopes, Bill realized his ratio of boards to bikes was terribly lopsided, so he moved to the front range to work in a bike shop and build his collection of sweet rides. We’re happy to announce he has added several bikes to his collection and balance has been restored.