Nick never intended to start The Pro's Closet, he was (and still is) a minimalist that wanted to simply create space. 8 years ago while living out of his VW Van in Grand Junction CO, he sold everything on eBay. At the time he was pedaling professionally for Trek/VW's regional team (www.ridewithnickmartin.com) and chasing "the dream". One thing lead to another and before he knew it, he was sitting behind a computer selling product for his peers while they where out training. When Nick is not steering The Pro's Closet forward, he's collecting mid-century antiques, making music, mowing the lawn, pursuing his next chapter in interior design and kicking it with his black lab Norman.
Pete "P-Lo" Lopinto
Pete is a Jersey boy and a encyclopedia of bike knowledge. He is our front man and "face" of The Pro's Closet. Pete and Nick joined forces 7 years ago while he was racing for Sierra Nevada's Pro Road Team. Pete brought his road contacts to the business and the rest is history. Outside of the shop Plo collects watches, races motorcycles and still sticks to his roots in the saddle.
Born and raised in Arizona Andrew grew up in a large family and had an appreciation for art and the outdoors at a young age. Art is what brought him to Colorado and as far as the outdoors goes, he was pleasantly surprised to find what this great state had to offer. After he graduated high school, he immediately moved to Denver to attend the art institute of Colorado. After graduating from there he eventually found Boulder and was so taken by the town; the people and the landscape that he settled down to call this great place home. Presently, he enjoys the proximity to trailheads, an occasional night of dancing and as an employee at The Pros Closet Inc., he is able to channel his artistic drive in the photography dept.
Brett is a man of few words, and he is beyond modest. This recent University of Colorado at Boulder grad from Highlands Ranch, CO has everything going for him. He studied Integrative Physiology and Electrical Engineering and would love to do research in the field of sports medicine one day. He is a product of the CU Cycling team, and is now a Cat 1 road racer for Sonic Boom Racing out of Louisville, CO. Brett seems to have a need for speed and a natural aptitude for crits. His favorite color is black, like carbon fiber. Other than cycling, Brett enjoys the symphony, hiking, cooking, baking, driving his car, road trips, DIY projects, and long walks on the beach. Catch this handsome man posting wheels on our website or out on lunch rides enjoying the fine Colorado weather.
Brittany is TPC's senior photographer, and one of our original employees. In the beautiful Flatiron mountains, she grew up in fondness for the outdoor and social liveliness of Boulder, Colorado. After a short time studying art in San Francisco, she finished her education at the University of Colorado graduating with double major in Studio Art and Women and Gender studies. Currently, Brittany is working towards her masters in photography at the Academy of Art University. In her spare time, she does photo essays for Denver Post’s entertainment site, Reverb. Her morning are spent practicing yoga and Pilates and, on most evenings, ending her day on a good glass of vino.
Chris was born in the UK and moved to the East Coast at a young age. He moved to Colorado for the mountains and attended University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his BFA in Film Studies. Chris isn't a racer, but he much prefers riding a bike to driving for the fresh air and some space to think. In his leisure time, Chris plays with his beautiful four-year-old daughter Maya and watches movies and documentaries. Outside of The Pro's Closet, he is a freelance photographer and cinematographer. In the office, Chris puts his camera skills to good use shooting photos for the website. At 6'6", he is also handy for reaching the top shelf around here. Besides being the 8th fastest swimmer in the butterfly out of all Northern Virginia when he was 15, Chris Leising is also a photographer and filmmaker.
Eric is a California boy who ventured East to Colorado in search of a change of pace after graduating from University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies. He is an outdoors guru and loves both the mountains and the water. Recreationally, Eric surfs, dives, climbs, hikes, and rides his road bike. He also recently obtained a trials bike and enjoys spear fishing when he’s near the water. Eric takes any opportunity to travel, and he has soft spots in his heart for Austria, New Zealand, and the Swiss Alps, where he recently went skydiving. In cycling, Eric is a roadie and races for the Dutch team Wielerploeg de Mol. A fun fact, his guilty pleasure is bourbon. Eric is an eBay master and works hard posting our consignor’s items online. If you stop by the shop, Eric is the tall man with California flow and the pierced eyebrow.
What's it like meeting Jacob? It's like meeting a scientist's description of the ideal human. Smart? Check. He's studying mechanical engineering, writes a blog, and reads books for the story arc. Athletic? Check. He ran cross country and biked in high school, still loves riding any velodrome, joneses for rock climbing, and likes snowboarding. He does all of this with only a third of a lung. Artistic? Well, he played guitar once so we'll count it. Jacob also works with your gear to maximize what goes into your pocket. Of course, he's good at it. Didn't you read what we wrote above?
Photographer Department Manager // Social Media Director
Before coming to Boulder, Jarrad lived the ski bum lifestyle in Breckenridge, CO. Jarrad originally hails from Pittsburgh, PA and attended the State University of New York at Oswego where he studied business, entrepreneurship, and graphic design. In the bike world, Jarrad is a rad mountain biker and dirt jumper, and also rides the clunky bar bikes downtown if necessary. At present, Jarrad has sworn against wearing spandex, though that will soon change once he finishes building his road bike. Besides bikes, Jarrad plays in a local hockey league and loves being on the slopes, and if he finds himself near the ocean, he surfs. In his college years Jarrad built antler chandeliers and rustic furniture for a living. Jarrad is the quintessential Colorado mountain man. At The Pro’s Closet, Jarrad makes bikes and gear look steller under the lights, and he helps promote our business through various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
In an attempt to escape the middle of nowhere, yet not abandon his beloved mountains, Jon left Durango, CO for Boulder. Though originally hailing from the beautiful city of Springfield, Mass., Jon does all the things a devoted Colorado man should. He studied Anthropology at Colorado College, is an avid snowboarder and mountain biker, dabbles in Mario Kart, and really likes beer. On a side note, Jon gets way too emotionally invested in Boston sports teams, so on the off chance that you catch him in a perturbed mood, that may be why. When he isn't on the slopes or the trails, you can find Jon applying his expertise in the eBay market for our consignors; just look for the man in the Red Sox t-shirt.
Denver Warehouse Manager
Jon grew up in the hustle and bustle of New York City, and went west to Wyoming in order to find himself in the open spaces and fresh air. He studied History at the University of Wyoming and aspires to be a museum curator. He has an affinity for modern art, photography, new media, and collects concert posters. Jon has been a cyclist his whole life and has never owned a car. In his free time, he plays tennis, collects vinyl records, travels, and sails. Jon is in command at our Denver location. Stop by and ask him for a tour, and get acquainted with the most recent expansion of The Pro's Closet.
Josh loves snow. He really, really loves it. He's never lived anyplace he couldn't be near it. Be it Chicago, Washington state, southern California teaching snowboarding, or ski bumming Breckenridge, Colorado, Josh was never far from his board. If he's not at the shop, most days he's backcountry snowboarding with his Saint Bernard, Franky, or he's spinning old-school hip hop albums with a cold brew. Josh is our resident snow sports buyer and lead auction manager.
Assistant Photography Department Manager
This Wisconsin native found his heart and soul in the Colorado mountains and hasn't looked back since. Before moving to Boulder, Josh was a ski bum living in Breckenridge, CO. He attended University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he got a degree in Business Marketing, and later University of Colorado at Boulder for Pre-Med. One of Josh's many charms is his incredible sense of humor. As far as the outdoors goes, he does it all; rock climbing, cycling (mountain, road, and cyclocross), trail running, soccer, and cross-country skiing. Not to mention, he has the most extensive resume we have ever seen, having held every job on the face of the Earth from construction to mortgages. Josh is one of our resident coffee snobs; he has a large appreciation for coffee culture, and a small coffee roasting operation in his garage. Josh is one of the up-front men at the office. If you have a question about, well, anything, stop by and look for the man with a big smile on his face and a camera in hand. He is the man who makes bikes and wheels look spectacular under the lights.
New Business Developement
Justin is a crowd favorite. Whether he is in the peloton, at karaoke bar, or entertaining his new baby girl, Darla.... he's making history. When we first met Justin, he was one of the best climbers on the pro circuit, racing for Toyota United. Before that, he was a collegiate cross country star and was recently inducted into the East Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame. Justin is a tough act to follow... anyone that knows him will concur. Today Justin is head of our new business development working remotely from his office in North Carolina. Working along side retailers, reps, teams, athletes, and companies to help them manage their inventory, operate more efficiently and building relationships in a new retail market.
Originally hailing from Colorado Springs, CO, Marta is a full time student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, an athlete, a musician, and our local fashionista. She studies International Affairs and Spanish at CU and minors in Economics. Her passion for travel and language has taken her all over the world. Last summer, she lived and studied in Paris and she soon leaves us to spend the next eight months studying in Spain and Italy; a perfect fit for someone with her love of fine wine, food, literature, cars, and chocolate. In athletics, Marta rides mountain, CX, and road for CU Cycling. Taking to the hills in the men's group rides, Marta is up for any challenge. Look for Marta in our photo department here at The Pro's Closet. If you hear the clicking of heels, you are most likely to see the lovely Marta rounding the corner, perhaps with a homemade pie in hand for the staff. Inside tip, she's also the one who keeps a box of dog biscuits in her desk drawer to spoil the office hounds.
Athlete Relations Manager
This amature aviator model is obsessed with one thing and one thing only: speed. A pro mountain bike racer who will beat anyone on any trail and a solid dirt jumper, our lead mechanic and athletic rep is all about bikes. He studied Environmental Science at Colorado College while beginning his racing career. Exclusively he listens to Skrillex while training for his next race. Why, you ask? You'll have to catch him on the trail to find out.
Photographer // Lighting Specialist
Patrick is our resident lighting guru, and his skills in the studio are unprecedented. This comes from his degree in Film Production from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where he is originally from. On the side, Patrick uses his skills freelancing as a grip and gaffer for a variety of projects and companies; you'll soon see his work on TV. When he doesn't have a camera in hand, you can find him snowboarding in the mountains, riding his fixie, or pushing the limits on a motorcycle. Patrick got into riding bikes for its economic and ecological benefits, and he is very grateful to not be riding in those Wisconsin winters any longer. You'll find Patrick setting up in the studio to take some killer shots, most likely with a coffee mug in hand and his dog Bo at his feet.
Bicycle Auction Manager
Brewmaster Phil is a country man. Growing up in West Virginia and North Carolina where hiking, camping, and biking are learned in preschool, it's no wonder Phil has that country boy heart. In 2003, he transplanted to Telluride, CO to add skiing to his already active lifestyle. And June 2012 he married his strikingly pretty lady, Emily. It's always a treat at TPC when he brings in a homebrew. Phil is The Pro's Closet resident bike expert. He makes sure every cycle, frame, and wheel meets our standards for resale. Have a random bike question? Ask away at email@example.com.
Customer Service Manager
This Minnesota girl is the essence of health and positivity. A former pro mountain biker and competitive amateur freestyle skier, she was always pushing her body to the limit. She studied how to use holistic nutrition to excel at crushing her competition and soon others wanted to know her secret. Now, she teaches athletes and everyday people how to feel energetic both mentally and physically. Check out her website sometime: foodcanwork.com. Her positivity is wonderful around The Pro's Closet shop as she leads our Customer Service Department. If you have a question about bikes or selling with us, she's the lady to see!
SEAN "SULLY" SULLIVAN
Sean, a.k.a. "Sully," is originally from the wild country of Tasmania, Australia. He came to the United States to race bikes and stayed when he met the woman of his dreams at a BBQ in the Colorado high country. Sean has been racing bikes for the past 25 years and his claim to fame is that he was able to win a pro race on five different continents before retiring in 2013. He will soon be teaching his baby boy Elix how to ride bikes and share his father's love for man’s greatest invention. Sean enjoys hiking, traveling, music, bikes, and dreams of one day owning a 1960’s Cadillac. He has also been staying active by training for his first marathon. When he isn’t hard at work in the posting department, Sean is enjoying the beautiful outdoors here in Boulder or playing with his little boy.
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Steve was raised in a cabin with an outhouse and sled dog team in the back yard. Despite the -60F winters and brutal mud seasons, he still found time to fall in love with great outdoors and man's greatest invention: the bicycle. Steve's passion followed him to Western Colorado where BMX racing and Mountain biking were balanced with adventures to the deserts of the Colorado Plateau and the mountains surrounding Telluride and Ouray. After attending the University of Colorado, Steve set out to enjoy the Boulder lifestyle to the fullest: camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, and manicuring moustaches. Though his heart may lie somewhere in the labyrinth canyons of Eastern Utah, Steve is excited to find himself at The Pro's Closet, where he strives to become a guru of quality control as the Shipping Department Manager.
Assistant Warehouse Manager
Born in Lancaster, PA, Tim gravitated to Boulder eighteen years ago to pursue his passion for BMX and mountain bike racing. Tim is drawn to the bike because it is a beautifully efficient mode of transportation. Tim puts his incredible work ethic and talents to use in his true passion: agriculture. He grows enough food in his community supported agriculture program to support 50 families. Find more info about his farm here: http://bonavidagrowers.wordpress.com/. We at The Pro's Closet share his passion for food and happily accept his occasional gift of fresh organic vegetables in the kitchen. Tim puts all his attributes and racing background to the test by doing his part to provide you with a high quality and speedy shipping experience.
Lead Mechanic // Shop Handyman
Zane is our talented lead mechanic and Jack-of-all-trades. If something is broken or not working properly, he's our man. Zane is a Boulder local who recently graduated from Monarch High School in Louisville, CO; and with a name like 'Zane,' he is destined for greatness. He inherited his passion for bikes while watching his father race. Zane found his niche in Cyclocross racing, and joined the Clif Bar Junior Development Team at the age of thirteen. When he isn't kicking butt on Clif Bar's CX team, he is working as of one of the team's mechanics. His bike handling skills are legendary and you'll often see him popping wheelies and other similar parlor tricks. He's currently working on learning how to juggle while riding a unicycle. At The Pro's Closet, Zane is in charge of prepping, inspecting, and tuning bikes prior to auction. If you need him, look for the man with the grease-stained hands.