As promised. An update. It's lengthy and wordy. But let me try to get across as much as I can.
An overall update.
April 19th (Thursday) there was a conference call with 8 others and myself. We voted through nominations within this group of 9 to serve on the charter board of directors as volunteers. The official press release can be found here.
These people were not chosen lightly. Conversations were had between myself and them as well as their peer’s friends or friends of friends. The names are people from inside this group, names suggested to me. I asked here for those who were interested to reach out and many did.
I wanted to create a group of individuals who could really drive the vision of what I felt this should be all about, drive the vision of what the groups feedback and survey responses directed. These individuals when working as a team complete the circle for functional direction. Each individual brings a unique perspective from inside and at times outside the cycling industry.
Jeff Rowe Brent Williams Edward Reynolds Sarah Lamb Jenny Kallista Ric Hjertberg Marty Caivano Stu Thorne and myself are dedicated to listening, reacting and pushing for action and change.
This is real. The Association of Professional Bicycle Mechanics is forming.
As things within the website are finalized different links, pages and tabs will begin appearing. The Board of Directors and myself are committed to making the ProBMA everything it should be. It will not happen over night. It will happen.
The support from the cycling industry to this date has been incredible. As mentioned before – we can’t do this alone as mechanics. We need to involve every facet of industry including the consumer.
As for an update as to what has been happening. The press release sums it up fairly well. Finalizing the website, working on the legalities of forming an Association, discuss and formalize industry partnerships, evaluate potential member benefits and begin for form committees to create some of our first goals. We will create resource streams from merchandise sales, industry partnerships and memberships.
I invite anyone who is interested in being part of a committee to reach out by submitting their information at www.ProBMA.org/get-involved.
I encourage you all to invite your friends to this facebook group. We have not yet reached everyone who should be involved.
Remember that important information will be pinned at least weekly but also as it becomes available. As often as possible I’ll post this same information to the blog page on the www.probma.org website so it’s always easy to find. Our twitter and instagram will host information from time to time and when available.
I thank you, really everyone for coming to this place and being a part of the conversation.
This is just the beginning.
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