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Zach ParhamView All Posts by Zach Parham

Vice President/General Manager, J&P Cycles

zach-parhamZach has been helping out his parents with J&P Cycles since before he was shaving. He joined J&P full-time in May 2007, after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Wartburg College. Zach coordinates and oversees our day-to-day operations. Zach’s 2007 Harley Davidson Road Glide is his daily rider, and he also has a custom chopper that he built himself from the ground-up. Zach and his father, John Parham, ride to Sturgis annually from different areas of the United States. Zach is married and has a son and a daughter. In his free time he likes to play sports and go on motorcycle rides with friends and family.

Rich BrechtView All Posts by Rich Brecht

Director of Customer Service/Retail Operations, J&P Cycles

Rich Brecht, Motorcycle Blogger BioWhether through phone calls, e-mails, or Web chats, Rich provides all J&P customers with world-class customer service. Rich has nearly 20 years of experience in contact center management and has developed and managed customer business strategies for 20 of the current Fortune 500 companies. Rich is a vocal advocate for the “voice of the customer.” When he isn’t working, Rich enjoys fishing, biking, playing drums, and rooting for all University of Iowa sports teams. Rich has three children.

Scott HoltonView All Posts by Scott Holton

Senior Technician, J&P Cycles

scott-holtonIf 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.

Anthony ToddView All Posts by Anthony Todd

Process Improvement Leader, J&P Cycles

anthony-toddAnthony 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

bud-milzaIn 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.

Angi KearneyView All Posts by Angi Kearney

Marketing Coordinator, J&P Cycles

AKearney (2)Ever since her arrival in February of 2008, Angi has put her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa to good work here at J&P Cycles. As Coordinator of our Marketing Department, Angi is called upon to coordinate all of J&P’s marketing efforts – from the print advertising campaign to radio advertising to writing press releases and maintaining the J&P Cycles blog, she has here hands in it all! Angi’s extensive background in communications is a perfect fit at J&P Cycles.
As much as Angi enjoys the daily challenges associated with her job and career, there’s one role she relishes more than any others… wife and mother. A proud mother of two children and a dedicated wife to her husband of more than a decade, Angi — like many of our customers — finds her greatest satisfaction in the time spent with her family. As an avid boater with a love of the outdoors, Angi can be found on any given warm sunny weekend enjoying the mighty Mississippi with friends and family.

Brett KorandaView All Posts by Brett Koranda

Product Merchant, J&P Cycles

Koranda BrettBrett 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.

Ina PostelView All Posts by Ina Postel

Destination Daytona Showroom Associate, J&P Cycles

DSC_090012Ina 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 McGuire2 (2)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 Merchandising, J&P Cycles

Meet Lowell Anderson, J&P Cycles’ director of merchandising. Lowell has been with J&P Cycles for three years. Prior to overseeing J&P’s merchandising team, he led 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.

Andrea HallView All Posts by Andrea Hall

SEO Marketing Specialist, J&P Cycles

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Have you ever searched on Google or other search engines to find aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories for your bike? If you found what you were looking for, you most likely have Andrea Hall, J&P’s Internet Marketing Analyst, to thank. It’s her job to optimize J&P Cycles’ website to ensure you find exactly what you need while browsing the web. When Andrea isn’t trying to help you find our products online, you can find her spending time with her family, which includes her adoring husband, two little girls and rambunctious black lab.

Kayleigh PingelView All Posts by Kayleigh Pingel

UI/UX Developer, J&P Cycles

KayleighKayleigh Pingel started at J&P Cycles in 2012, after graduating from the University of Dubuque with degrees in computer graphics and computer information systems. She works in the J&P Marketing Department as a web designer, creating products and event emails as well as graphics for the J&P website. Kayleigh has been riding with her husband Steven, also a J&P employee who serves as a software developer, since they started dating over five years ago. She has recently taken up riding on her own, and enjoys roaming the Midwest on her 2012 Sportster Iron 883 named “Little Red.” When not working or riding, you can find Kayleigh gaming, geocaching, visiting friends & family, or playing with her dog Courage.

Jason HayesView All Posts by Jason Hayes

ECommerce Merchant, J&P Cycles

Jason HayesJason 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.

Curt FoustView All Posts by Curt Foust

Product Merchant, J&P Cycles

Curt FoustCurt 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.

 

Former Employees

Patrick GarvinView All Posts by Patrick Garvin

(Former) Video Content Merchant, J&P Cycles

patrick-garvinPatrick started working for J&P in April 2008 as a product specialist in the purchasing department. After holding various positions within the company, he most recently became the video content merchant, and is essentially the face of J&P Cycles. You can see Patrick in many of J&P’s videos on Youtube. Before working at J&P Cycles, Patrick owned and operated a speed shop where he specialized largely in fuel injection and power adders (nitrous and turbo). Patrick started out riding Harleys but has since branched out into Sport Bikes. He currently has a 1976 Suzuki GT 250 café racer and an everyday rider — an extensively modified, nitrous-injected ZX-10R. Patrick is married and has a son, whom he loves riding dirt bikes with; he also likes sports, finding twisty roads with no speed limit, and spending time with his family.

Tim BarczView All Posts by Tim Barcz

(Former) Director of Marketing, J&P Cycles

tim-barcz-bioSince 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.

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

Our Anniversary-10 years 001Rick 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 SchwahlRyan 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 Liller, Metric Tech at J&P CyclesJeff 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 Wisner, Motorcycle Blogger BioKody 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.