QBP Awards Winner of 2015 Clay Mankin Award

Quality Bicycle Products has awarded its 2015 Clay Mankin award to Mike Cachat, CEO of Jenson USA in Riverside, CA. The Clay Mankin award recognizes retailers who inspire others with their commitment to bicycle advocacy, industry growth, and their passion for cycling. Cachat was nominated for the award for his advocacy efforts and
commitment to bicycle retailing. He currently serves on the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Board of Directors and is a Silver Level sponsor for the Southern
California chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Further demonstrating its passion for outreach, Jenson USA recently partnered with World Bicycle Relief to aid developing African nations through the power of bicycles with a “one-for-one” charitable campaign̶donating 30 bikes to date. Closer to home, Jenson USA has initiated a new annual program called “Kommute for Kids.” Employees earn new bike donations for deserving local elementary students by commuting by bike to work.

Cachat started Jenson USA in 1994 as an online catalog selling mountain bike components and accessories. The company quickly grew and is now one of the largest retailers of the bicycles and related parts and accessories in the nation. Today, Jenson USA operates in a multi-channel world with its two southern California brick and mortar
locations along with its strong online presence. QBP’s Advocacy Director, Gary Sjoquist, nominated him for this award. “Mike has demonstrated a commitment to both successful bicycle retailing and advocacy,” said Sjoquist. “He began his bicycle retailing efforts as a 16-year old student with ideas about customer service that continue to this day throughout his business. Jensen USA’s focus on values and customer service are not unlike those of QBP.” Cachat was on hand at Frostbike to receive the award. “It’s a little bit ironic that a decade ago it was QBP that inspired me to grow the pie and promote responsible cycling through advocacy and good business practices,” commented Cachat. “Now I’m the one being honored for inspiring others. I’m humbled by this prestigious award.”

About QBP
Quality Bicycle Products is an international wholesale distributor of bicycles, components, and outdoor gear. With distribution centers in Minnesota, Utah, and Pennsylvania, QBP serves a network of more than 5,000 independent retailers. QBP owns and manages a diverse collection of innovative bicycle brands including Surly, Salsa, All-City, 45North, Foundry, Cogburn Outdoors, Civia Cycles, and more. We strive to be an extraordinary business to partner with and to work for, and we have made good on that goal for more than 30 years. From our extensive advocacy efforts to our energy efficient facilities everything we do is aimed at making the world a better place and getting more butts on bikes. For more information about QBP, visit our website or contact Director of Marketing Ryan Johnson at 952-941-9391, ext. 1236 or rjohnson@qbp.com.