Lepak Named NBDA President, Cranford Chair
National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) Chair Brandee Lepak has transitioned to President, a voting staff position, while 2nd Vice Chair Kent Cranford will move to Chair. Lepak will focus on growing revenue and membership while overseeing core programs, including P2, or Profitability Project, a peer-to-peer evaluation and mentoring program; America’s Best Bike Shops, an annual industry excellence audit; the publication of trade newsletter Outspokin’; and the operation of professional mechanic training facility Barnett Bicycle Institute.
Lepak has served on the NBDA board for six years and as Chair for two. She has co-owned Global Bikes in the Phoenix, AZ area for 18 years, and has helped expand the company to four locations. She is the founder of Trips for Kids Phoenix and has been involved with the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and several community action organizations.
“I am proud to serve in this role. The NBDA is such a vital piece of our industry,” says Lepak. “One of my objectives is to create more spaces where we can share our best practices with one another. We have a few really exciting projects in the works that will enable retailers to better gauge their business performance with their peers.”
Cranford is the owner of Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, with three locations in the Asheville, NC area. Prior to that, he worked in the bicycle industry with Litespeed and Specialized, and he has been an advocate for trails and bike facilities in the region for over 20 years. He has sat on the NBDA board in various positions since 2014. He plans to continue Lepak’s efforts to run a responsive, cohesive, effective NBDA board while serving as Chair.
Lepak’s move follows a challenging 2018 for the NBDA that required drastic cost-cutting measures, including staff reduction. “The board acted quickly and rolled up their sleeves to handle all of the day to day operations,” says Lepak. “We’ve reduced expenses, increased revenues, and got our programs back in the black, allowing us to hire an Administrative Assistant and now, a President.”
The NBDA has represented specialty bicycle dealers in the United States since 1946. The non-profit association offers numerous programs for dealers, with an emphasis on education, research, communication and advocacy. There are currently 559 member shops, ranging in size from multi-store operations to mobile-only operators, hailing from all 50 states. For more information on the NBDA, visit their website at www.nbda.com.