Focus and Kalkhoff USA have hired sales veterans Jim Mercier and Justin Manthe as East Coast and West Coast Business Development Managers, respectively, and the promotion of Tony Lederman to Operations Manager.
At Interbike, Focus launched a new line of performance e-MTBs; and during the week of 15 October at Pon Bike’s Ennovation dealer event held in Santa Cruz with more than 40 retailers, Kalkhoff launched its 2018 line of urban, trekking, and city e-bikes.
“Focus and Kalkhoff are leading brands in the European e-bike market with huge potential here as retailers and consumers embrace e-bikes,” said Dan Delehanty, General Manager of Focus and Kalkhoff USA.
Delehanty was appointed General Manager in July of this year and has been working to develop a strong US based marketing and sales team for both brands.
Jim Mercier was a territory manager with Specialized Bicycles for almost 20 years and most recently served as the Eastern Regional Sales Manager at Stromer. Justin Manthe was the Director of Sales at Electra Bicycle Company for almost 14 years and most recently served as Stromer’s North American Sales Director.
Tony Lederman joined Focus and Kalkhoff in July as a Retail Services Account Manager based in the companies’ current Carlsbad, California, headquarters. Before joining, Lederman was Store Manager of ARB Cyclery in Orange County, California for five-plus years.
“Positive feedback from Interbike and our Ennovation event on Focus pedal and e-Performance bikes and Kalkhoff e-bikes was very encouraging,” added Dan Delehanty. “Jim and Justin will make sure we have quality representation in key markets; and Tony, and our expanding team of sales support staff, will make sure our retail partners feel like it is truly a partnership.”
Focus and Kalkhoff Bikes are subsidiaries of Derby Cycle Holding GmbH, selling both brands owned by Derby Cycle. Derby Cycle is Germany’s largest bicycle producer according to revenue and is a part of PON.Bike which is the bicycle division of PON Holdings – one of the Netherlands’ biggest family businesses with nearly 13,000 employees operating in 32 countries.