Question: What do aviation, architecture and cycling have in common? Answer: Absolutely nothing. But, that’s where my story begins…
In high school, I had glorious visions of being a fighter pilot in the Air Force. I even joined Civil Air Patrol as a first step towards living out that dream. Unfortunately, less than perfect eyesight crushed that dream almost immediately, forcing me to consider a different path in life. Luckily, I had some serious artistic skills and loved to design things, so I decided to pursue the study of architecture. In 1991, I graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture with a new dream of becoming the next Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, or Thomas Mayne. After a dozen years in the profession, though, my path just didn’t seem to be heading towards that "Master Creator of Great Space" moniker I craved. Another career change seemed inevitable.
I am the service manager here at the Medina store and have been with Century Cycles since 2002. Though my former career as an owner/operator of a carpentry construction business did little to prepare me for my current career, I am, and always have been, a lifelong bicycling junkie. What I didn't know about bicycles before, I have learned through hands on experience and extensive industry training.
I live with my lovely wife April, two adorable kids, Robert and Skylar, several dogs and cats, a rabbit, a turtle and three overgrown goldfish a-way back in the holler’ in beautiful Hinckley, Ohio.
I am a former youth wrestling coach and have a lifetime subscription to "The Peanut Butter of the Month Club." Given a choice between football, basketball and baseball... definately baseball! Some of my favorite movies are “Jeremiah Johnson,” “Bull Durham,” and “Caddyshack.” While I like listening to most kinds of music (rap, not so much, thank you), I’ve recently discovered the soothing sounds of “Thrash Grass” (heavy metal bluegrass).
I am a currently a high school student in Medina and also take college classes at the University of Akron. I have worked at Century Cycles since May of 2017, helping in the shipping area as well as building bikes. I love working with my hands and that is what helped lead me to this job. I am an avid cyclist and especially enjoy mountain biking. I won the Ohio Mountain Biking Championship in 2017 in my division as well as winning the previous. My dad introduced me to cycling and one of my favorite memories was riding with him in Puerto Rico in the summer of 2017. I love pizza and almost any other food that is Italian. I own two bikes, my mountain bike (Giant Anthem X1) and my road bike (Giant TCR Advanced).
I joined the Century Cycles team in January of 2012. My introduction to the bike shop began as I was a customer shopping for a quality bike for myself. Century Cycles was the first store I shopped at – and last! The employees were top-notch and they had just the bike I was looking for. After owning a Schwinn, the Raleigh Misceo I purchased turned out to be a great choice! After frequent visits to the bike shop the manager approached me with a job proposition and I have never looked back since.
Being born in the last year to be considered an 80's baby, I hold a unique position at the Medina shop. Not only do I remember when MTV had music, but I can also work a computer as well. Growing up, I always had an interest in all things two-wheeled, mainly sparked by my dad having motorcycles and putting me on dirt bikes at a young age. Fast forward 20 years and not much has changed. While I still cling to the motorized side of things with a 2005 Yamaha R6, it's safe to say that I have far more bicycles than motorcycles these days.
While not a Northeast Ohio native, I’ve lived here most of my adult life (a really long time). My family and I have been Medina county residents for over 23 years.
After graduating from Hiram College where I played soccer and studied business, I developed marketing and training experience from companies like ADP, Key Bank, and McDonald Investments. I use that experience to help educate and inform you on the bike and cycling equipment to best match your needs, skills, and abilities.
I have been working with my friends at Century Cycles since 2005. Coming from a family of cycling fanatics...my siblings and I have logged countless miles riding together, and it has been very enjoyable to keep close by participating together in our common passion for pedaling. My main income has been working as a tradesman and now a project manager, but I cannot give up my position on the Century Cycles roster as a seasonal sales dude and fill-in mechanic. You will find me at the store when Century Cycles is in full swing during spring and summer months as well as special sales events.
I am also a musician, woodworker, cook, beer connoisseur, computer geek, and lover of all animals.
Greetings! My love and adventure of cycling became apparent when I purchased my first road bike in 1979 (Sears Free Spirit for $99.00), the year I should have been more interested in driving a car around town. That bike carried me on one of the earliest Northeast Ohio MS150 "Pedal to the Point" bike tours in the late 80’s. After slowing down my riding a bit while my boys were little, I got back to the bike adventure by riding on GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) in 2004. I enlisted Kyle, my then 9 yr old son, to accompany me. He completed 250 miles on that first ride, all on a 20-inch, 5-speed bicycle! Quite an accomplishment for a 9 year old! As of 2017, I have ridden in twelve GOBA’s and Kyle has done nine. Participating in rides like GOBA are what brought us both to Century Cycles for our bike necessities.
She’s the person who finds the best deals from our bicycle accessory and clothing manufacturers. It’s a talent she’s honed during an entire career devoted to being a buyer. Prior to joining Century Cycles in 2005, Patti was a buyer for the Wilderness Shop in Lakewood. She now does all of the accessory and clothing buying for all three Century Cycles stores.
Assistant Service Manager and Bicycle Fit Specialist
Most people think I am that “obsessed bicycle guy” who never thinks about anything else. I prefer to say that I just have a great passion for all things cycling.
Starting back in 1996, I began my professional journey in the bike industry at a shop down in Mansfield Ohio, I then worked at Century Cycles for a few years in the late 90’s before taking a store manager position with Ernie’s Bike Shop in Wooster for a 4-5 year run. When my wife Amanda was finishing her BSN degree at Akron U, we moved back to the Copley area where I grew up. It was at this point when I came back to Century where I have been since 2007.