Joe SparrowView All Posts by Joe Sparrow
Social Media Correspondent, J&P Cycles
As a man who loves to travel and has an amazing eye for photography, Joe was a shoo-in for his new position and now also works as our on-the-road social media correspondent, where he follows the J&P Cycles’ mobile showroom from event to event. Follow along with Joe’s adventures as the Wandering Sparrow. Look for his blog articles, photos and videos documenting what it really means to live out your dreams.
You can follow Joe’s travels on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ via the hashtag #WanderingSparrow.
Anthony ToddView All Posts by Anthony Todd
Process Improvement Leader, J&P Cycles
Anthony has been in the motorcycle business for 10 years and has an extensive background in the high-performance and drag-racing industry. He currently leads the charge for improving customer experience. Prior to this position, he supervised technicians and customer service representatives in J&P’s Florida contact center. He also trained newly hired technicians on aftermarket part fitment and provides continuing education on troubleshooting and diagnostics. Anthony graduated from WyoTech (formerly AMI) and has experience in Harley, Metric, and Sport Bike applications. Anthony rides his 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa every day and has built several high-performance motorcycles, including his favorite — a 2002 Turbo Suzuki GSXR-1000, a bike that made over 300+ RWHP (Rear wheel horse power) on a Dyno. When not hard at work, Anthony enjoys sports, outdoor activities, and motorcycle riding and racing.
Bud MilzaView All Posts by Bud Milza
E-Tech, J&P Cycles
In his role as motorcycle technician, Bud answers your questions by any method you can think to send them, from phone to live chat to Web forum, and he helps our purchasing and catalog teams research and analyze the best products and then present them to you. Before coming to J&P Cycles, Bud was the special projects manager at Britt Motorsports in Wilmington, NC, where he coordinated all aspects of custom builds including design, fabrication, finishing, and assembly. Bud’s daily rider is a 2007 Harley-Davidson Road FLHP. He also has milk crates full of a 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000 that he still isn’t sure what to do with. (Streetfighter? Drag bike? Maybe you can help him decide.) When Bud isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, riding motorcycles with his friends, brewing fine ales, and listening to Clutch. Bud holds a master’ s degree from the School of Hard Knocks in Brooklyn, NY.
Ina PostelView All Posts by Ina Postel
Destination Daytona Showroom Associate, J&P Cycles
Ina Postel has been with J&P Cycles as a showroom associate at the Destination Daytona store since early 2011. Ina can be found running the register, fitting customers for great selection of apparel as well as making sure you find the perfect helmet fit! She received her associate’s degree in digital media design and video production the summer of 2011.Before joining the J&P team, Ina was a professional stagehand and has over 1,000 shows under her belt. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends by traveling, taking photographs, and attending concerts whenever possible!
Mike McGuireView All Posts by Mike McGuire
Destination Daytona Chat Tech, J&P Cycles
Mike McGuire is a tech chatter in the Destination Daytona SuperStore. He’s been with J&P since December 2010, where he started as a phone tech. A Harley-Davidson tech, Mike has a master of chassis certification from Harley-Davidson. Originally from Michigan, he graduated cum laude from Walsh College in Michigan, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also a graduate of the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. Before joining the motorcycle industry, Mike worked in design and building of tooling and fixtures for the automotive industry.
Married to Kelly, the two like to travel to the Caribbean and take road trips on their 2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic. He’s currently in the market for another motocross bike because he raced motocross for years and is looking to get back into it. Outside of working and riding, Mike’s big fan of Detroit sports teams as well as University of Michigan football. He’s also been attempting to learn to surf – with limited success.
Guest Blogger: David ZemlaView All Posts by David Zemla
Director of Marketing, Progressive Suspension
David is a lifelong two-wheel enthusiast. He’s the type of guy who has been wrenching, riding and writing about both since long before he was legally allowed to drive. David currently directs marketing efforts for J&P vendor Progressive Suspension. Like all of us who blog for J&P, David considers himself lucky to work in a market he’s completely passionate about. Prior to working for Progressive Suspension, David spent 10 years working for Performance Machine. He also has the distinction of writing articles and product reviews for countless motorcycle magazines and websites. At home, David enjoys camping and riding with his wife and three kids in the local deserts in and around southern California, and spends as much time as he can in the garage.
Lowell AndersonView All Posts by Lowell Anderson
Director of Brands, J&P Cycles
Meet Lowell Anderson, J&P Cycles director of brands. In this position, he is responsible for the assortment, design and development of products for our private label brands. Lowell has been with J&P Cycles since 2009. In that time, he has used his expertise, knowledge and skill sets across a wide range of areas. Prior to overseeing J&P Cycles private label brands, he led the merchandising team and assisted in the creative marketing and branding campaign efforts. Before that, Lowell served as product specialist in the merchandising department.
Prior to joining the J&P team, Lowell was a senior manager for KTM North America Inc., where he was responsible for designing, developing and marketing all the KTM hard parts and clothing for the KTM Hard Equipment product line.
His passion for everything on two wheels began when he took up road bike racing. Later on, he graduated to racing dirt bikes. In his spare time, Lowell continues to enjoy racing his dirt bike, as well as building metric bobbers and spending time with his family and friends.
Curt FoustView All Posts by Curt Foust
Product Merchant, J&P Cycles
Curt Foust joined the J&P Cycles team back in 1995 and in that time has worked in almost every J&P department from distribution center to maintenance to sales, inventory and now merchandising, where he serves as Product Specialist. When he’s not working, he can be found cruising the back roads of Eastern Iowa on his recently purchased 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic. An avid sports enthusiast, Curt also spends quite a bit of time on the golf course when he’s not enjoying family time with his wife and four children.
James DeanView All Posts by James Dean
Technical Service Representative, J&P Cycles
James Dean has been a motorcycle enthusiast his entire life. In January 2011, he graduated from Wyotech Daytona with specialties in Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph and off-road power including Arctic Cat ATV and Snowmobile. Being from Dubuque, Iowa, he was familiar with the history of J&P Cycles and was also a customer. In January 2011, he started his career at J&P Cycles’ retail location in Anamosa, Iowa as a Sales Tech.
In May 2012, James opened his own shop, and January 2015, he rejoined the J&P Cycles team as a Tech at the Destination Daytona Superstore retail center. In his spare time, he rides a custom built bike.
Jay BorowyView All Posts by Jay Borowy
Product Merchant, J&P Cycles
Jay Borowy has been with the J&P Cycles team since 2010. In October 2014, he relocated from our Destination Daytona Superstore in Ormond Beach, Fla., to our Anamosa, Iowa location as a product merchant, specializing in engines, frame and body, suspension, dash and workshop tools. Jay graduated at the top of his class in November 2009 from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Jay started riding when he was 5 years old on the back of his father’s CB750. At a young age, Jay repaired and sold motorcycles and mopeds. His first bike was a 1996 Suzuki Intruder 1400 that he finally parted with in the summer of 2014. He currently owns a 2000 FLHRC, 2003 FXDWG and a 1986 883 XL basket case. He lives by Hunter S. Thompson’s quote: “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Assistant Buyer, J&P Cycles
Born first generation Mexican-American motorcycles weren’t a priority when I was younger, or affordable. Wasn’t until my first deployment and realizing that I would never be a hurry to get anywhere that motorcycles became a passion and I became an enthusiast. Was taught the tricks to the trade when I to school for Harley’s and started customizing my own bikes. Speaking two three languages and talking about motorcycles to people is just fun. Meeting the artist/custom builder who puts all their hard work into a passion project that is on two wheels, that drives me. Now I facilitate a role as a buyer for the company.
Tim BarczView All Posts by Tim Barcz
VP of eCommerce, J&P Cycles
Since April 2008, Tim’s responsibility has been making the most of your experience browsing our website so that you can easily find and buy just the right part for your bike. Tim has a lot of enthusiasm and passion for working with his team to make the website an extension of our retail showrooms, where technical expertise and great customer service are the standard. Tim has a wife and two children. In the rare moments that he isn’t with them or on the job, you can find Tim asking Kody for a ride in his sidecar.
Jason HayesView All Posts by Jason Hayes
(Former) ECommerce Merchant, J&P Cycles
Jason Hayes has been working for J&P Cycles since February 2008. He started out working part-time while finishing up classes at WyoTech Motorcycle Technical School, where he specialized in Asian motorcycles.
Once he had his diploma in hand, Jason began working full-time at J&P’s Florida showroom as a metric tech. That was fine for a while, but Jason wanted to grow in the industry, so he became a team lead at the Florida store.
It wasn’t long before he relocated to our Iowa headquarters where he took a position as a product specialist, responsible for researching new product, merchandising the catalog and developing our product lines. Jason was recently promoted to the ECommerce Merchant position and serves as the liaison between the merchandising and marketing teams.
Jason currently rides a 2008 Suzuki M109R, but his passion for motorcycles began behind the handlebars of a 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R, followed by a 2006 GSXR 1000. In his free time he enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities including fishing, snowboarding and hiking with his dog.
Scott HoltonView All Posts by Scott Holton
(Former) Senior Technician, J&P Cycles
If you’ve called J&P with a tech question, chances are good that you’ve spoken with Scott. A 1987 graduate of Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Scott got his first job experience as a line mechanic for a Harley-Davidson dealership on the Hawaiian island of Oahu — quite nice until he realized there are only so many places to ride on an island. Once back on the mainland, he owned shops in California, Arizona, and Virginia, and then returned to MMI as an instructor in the Harley program where he taught for three years. Just prior to joining the J&P team in May 2000, Scott was employed by industry giant S&S Cycles. An accomplished engine builder, Scott applied his talents to the record-setting J&P Cycle Express Bonneville Streamliner. Scott rides a custom bike he constructed by stuffing a new Bottlecap style Indian Powerplus 100 engine into a mid-70’s 4-speed FL frame. Scott’s wife, Debbie, rides a beautiful 1970 FLH, and their son, Jack, already has two dirt bikes.
Brett KorandaView All Posts by Brett Koranda
(Former) Product Merchant, J&P Cycles
Brett Koranda’s interest in motorcycles began as a toddler when he was perched on his dad’s gas tank in the back yard. Growing up, his idol was Evel Knievel. He moved from bicycles to mopeds to dirt bikes then onto street bikes growing up. Koranda joined J&P Cycles in 2007 as a sales and service supervisor in the Iowa call center. Recently, he joined the merchandising team as a product merchant. Koranda’s current ride is a 2001 Road King Classic. Married to Andrea, the two love taking in the beautiful Midwestern countryside via motorcycle. He has two daughters, a step-daughter and two step-sons and recently became a grandfather.
Kim BrislawnView All Posts by Kim Brislawn
(Former) Marketing Supervisor, J&P Cycles
Kim recently joined the J&P Cycles Marketing Department where you’ll find her busily overseeing marketing initiatives, working closely on motorcycle events and using her creative and innovative nature to get things done right. Kim has an extensive background in marketing and communications, garnered from years of working in the beverage, media and nonprofit industries.
When Kim’s not at work, she’s busy in her community, giving back to those who are less fortunate and advocating for positive change. She also enjoys traveling, attending Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Bears football games and biking with her husband of five years. Whether it’s a day trip, a weekend getaway or a vacation to Mexico – you’ll most likely find this couple together – having fun and enjoying life!
Jake HerringView All Posts by Jake Herring
(Former) Harley-Davidson Tech, J&P Cycles
Jake Herring has been working in the motorcycle industry since 1998 after graduating from the American Motorcycle Institute (AMI). But he’s been immersed in anything to do with a motor and two wheels his entire life. At J&P, Jake’s a Harley Tech. He’s the one who answers the tech line, performs live chat via the website and web forum, writes blog posts and makes himself available for all those tough technical questions. Jake’s current daily ride is a ’91 FXR with mild street modifications. He also has a 1984 FXE Super Glide that was handed down to him by his father. That bike is currently under construction. Jake has been working and playing on motorcycles for as long as he can remember and he can’t imagine living his life in any other fashion.
Rick JessenView All Posts by Rick Jessen
(Former) Destination Daytona Showroom Technician, J&P Cycles
Rick Jessen joined the Daytona J&P Cycles staff in May of 2005 as a phone technician (prior to the opening of the Destination Daytona SuperStore). In mid-2008, he transferred to the then-new Destination Daytona SuperStore showroom to hold a showroom sales/tech position. A below the knee amputee, Rick loves giving back and does so by assisting the disabled with their disability applications. When not working or helping others, Rick and his wife, love riding their Shovelhead.
Ryan SchwahlView All Posts by Ryan Schwahl
(Former) Destination Daytona Chat Tech, J&P Cycles
Ryan Schwahl has been a part of the J&P Cycles team since January of 2011. As a chat tech in our Destination Daytona location, Ryan answers customers questions via phone, chats and e-mails. A graduate of MMI, his previous experience included working in custom motorcycle shops. He’s always been a motorcycle and hot rod enthusiast, and has a vast knowledge of high performance action and drag racing. His daily ride is a 2010 Road Glide, and when not working at J&P enjoys riding with his wife and friends.
Jeff LillerView All Posts by Jeff Liller
(Former) Metric Tech, J&P Cycles
Jeff signed on as a metric tech with J&P Cycles in January of 2010. After graduating from AMI (now Wyotech) in 2005, Jeff worked in a few metric dealerships and then joined us to answer phone calls, chats and emails. He also works with the training department and now, he’s a J&P blog contributor.
Jeff’s daily ride is a ’93 Honda CBR Streetfighter and he also has ’96 Honda XR650L Tracker project in the garage that he swears will get finished before all of his hair falls out. When not riding or working on his bikes, Jeff enjoys his other passions: His wife and two children, playing bass guitar, watching motorcycle racing — in all of its forms — and surfing.
Kody WisnerView All Posts by Kody Wisner
(Former) Marketing Special Projects Coordinator
Kody has been keeping J&P Cycles in good shape and the company’s name in the news since 2004. Kody builds J&P Cycles’ raffle and giveaway bikes, and he maintains all the J&P bikes as well as the bikes in the National Motorcycle Museum. Kody writes tech articles for motorcycle magazines and for the Web, coordinates all J&P’s video projects, and maintains our social networking profiles. He attended Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix in 1998. Kody owns roughly 20 motorcycles but most often rides his ground-up custom FXR with 124-inch S&S 124″, Suzuki V-Strom, or his Kawasaki KZ1000 with a sidecar. Kody is married and has a son, and when he isn’t at J&P or at home with his family, he runs a small motorcycle shop behind J&P Cycles, where he does fabrication, customizing and services all types of motorcycles. He specializes in vintage motorcycles of all makes.