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.
When Chris was a young man, he left his home in West Virginia seeking new adventures in the Rocky Mountains. He spent several years working seasonal trail maintenance during the summer and rock climbing in the desert all winter. Eventually, he gave up his vagabond lifestyle to settle in Boulder and pursue other interests. Chris brought his Fine Arts Degree and adorable southern accent to The Pro's Closet where he currently resides as a product photographer.
Photographer // Video Editor
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.
Colby considers himself a man of many homes. Born in Bakersfield, CA and raised in a nearby farming community, he spent his early days on the family farm where he learned the value of a dollar and the meaning of hard work. He then moved to Texas in middle school, back to California for high school, then out to Austin where he attended Texas State University and studied Agriculture Business Management. He’s also raced cross-country MTB and rode bulls competitively. Yes, Colby is a true country boy. Aspiring to work in in the cycling industry, he made the wise choice to move to the epicenter of cycling in the USA, Boulder, CO. Colby has found his newest home at The Pro’s Closet, where he has become a hard-working Auction Manager, bringing top dollar for his consignor’s products.
This Colorado native is an experienced photographer who has recently discovered her love for two wheels. After graduating from CU Boulder Emily bought her first klunker, a Kona Humuhumunukunukuapua'a and not long after she got her first mountain bike. Weeks later, she entered the Yeti Beti Bike Bash and took first place in the beginner class. Needless to say, she's hooked! This budding bicycle enthusiast uses her photography background and newfound bicycle appreciation to make each part shine under the studio lights.
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
Jarrad originally hails from Pittsburgh, PA and attended the State University of New York at Oswego where he studied business, entrepreneurship, and graphic design. Before coming to Boulder, Jarrad lived the ski bum lifestyle in Breckenridge. In the bike world, Jarrad is a rad mountain biker but also rides his klunker downtown. At present, Jarrad has sworn against wearing spandex, although 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.
Joe is an Ironman. He left his Wisconsin roots to train with the endurance community in Colorado. He participated in the Inaugural Boulder Ironman and is a two time Xterra National Championship participant! When Joe isn’t tireless training for his next competition, he can be found road tripping, drinking a beer or exploring the wilderness with his bearded lady, Willow.
Joey is one of the few Colorado natives in the shop. He was born and raised just down the road in Broomfield, CO where he spent his younger years playing soccer, riding bikes, and snowboarding. South Park acted as a second home for Joey as he spent many days in the mountains fishing and exploring the central Rockies. After graduating from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Joey gravitated to the outdoor-orientated community of Boulder to live, learn, and ride with like-minded individuals. He is a dedicated mountain biker, and stays on the singletrack or in the bike park unless he is cruising from brewery to brewery. When not outside experiencing all that the outdoors have to offer, Joey spends his time reading about animals, learning how to tie flies, and thinking of how life's everyday struggles could be made just a little less stressful. Once he steps through the front door, Joey is a dedicated Auction Manager, bringing top dollar for your used items.
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.
New Business Development
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.
Assistant Denver Warehouse Manager
MacKenzie is a Colorado native but grew up in Eastern Tennessee enjoying the local bluegrass scene and the vast network of hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains. Eventually, his love for the outdoors, craft beer, and the Colorado culture brought him and his newlywed bride back to Denver. They spend their days soaking up all that Denver has to offer, from brewery hopping, to paddleboarding, to riding bikes, to growing their aquaponic gardens, they are living life to the fullest. MacKenzie owns four bikes, all steel, and all were bought with one requirement, they must make him smile when he throws a leg over them. He rides to feel closer to his surroundings and to feel a sense of freedom and happiness. There is no bike that represents him better than his 1964 Schwinn Stingray! At The Pro’s Closet, he heads up the posting department at our Denver office. MacKenzie has more grooming products for his foot long beard than his wife does for her hair.
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.
Mitch is a country boy with a laid back attitude that likes to experience all that mother nature has to offer. Born in upstate New York, he spent his days climbing, biking, running, hiking, and skiing so naturally he went to school for and graduated with a degree in Recreation Management. After a few years in East Coast bike shops, Mitch followed his dreams to Colorado to join The Pro's Closet and our top-notch mechanics team. He loves Taylor Swift.
Nate spent his childhood in the suburbs outside of Chicago riding bikes and working on cars. His mechanical inquisition landed him his first garage job at Toyota a few years ago. Eventually, the computer driven position left little to be desired and Nate circled-back to his first passion, bicycles. Nate is not only a skilled mechanic but also a talented musician. In fact, he was the musical entertainment at his own wedding earlier this year. If you need someone to fix your bike, sing you a song, or take a look at your pick-up, Nate is your man!
Peter is our resident Texan and expert bicycle mechanic. He grew up in College Station, Texas riding BMX bikes in vacant lots over handmade dirt jumps until one Christmas he received a full suspension mountain bike and everything changed! Peter started working in the cycling industry at a small shop in College Station called Aggieland Cycling. For seven years he fine-tuned his mechanical skills and acquired various bits of bike knowledge. After becoming one of the assistant managers, he graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism Science (aka fun having) and moved to Denver with hopes to further a career in the cycling industry. You can find him on the trails exploring his love of two wheels, in the mountains snowboarding, at county fairs sampling the funnel cakes, or on a sunny deck enjoying a Colorado craft brew. In the shop, Peter can be seen with a cup of coffee in hand, his dog Willow at his side, and a smile on his face as he prepares your used bike for sale.
Bicycle Auction Poster
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.
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: www.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.
Spencer rides bikes, a lot! He moved to Boulder from Kansas (via Maui) for the cycling scene that exists at the base of the Rocky Mountains. He takes full advantage of the area's long mountain climbs and seemingly endless dirt roads. When he’s not training or watching Kansas basketball, he's racing in one of the many local road races atop his Neil Pryde Alize. At The Pro's Closet, Spencer uses his wealth of cycling knowledge to list a wide variety bike parts and accessories.
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.