Episode #128-Blair Clark-President Canyon Bicycles
Blair Clark, and he is on the ride of a lifetime following his cycling and outdoor passions. He has Managed “high end,” global specialty sports performance businesses, including Giro/Bell helmets, Smith optics, Canyon and Specialized bicycles, GU nutrition and related sports products. He has worked with owner/founder entrepreneurs and private equity boards, managing P&L’s from $10M to $120M and staffs of up to 125 employees with operations including manufacturing in North America and Europe plus sourcing initiatives from China. He has managed several successful turnarounds from daily cash flow crisis and the threat of liquidity to successful financial results. He has established comprehensive marketing plans for multi-tiered distribution channels. In my journey sponsoring major athletes/teams and events in snow, bike, surf, MX and NASCAR including Travis Pastrana, Regan Smith, Lance Armstrong and Picabo Street has made his ride a dream of a lifetime. The Japanese would say in his present role as President of Canyon, He is in a state of “Ikagi”: the convergence of his passion, mission, vocation and profession.