Dan Thornton, Tom Hughes, and Mike Nix show off their IMBA awards as Mike Van Able, IMBA’s Executive Director, looks on.
During the standing-room-only IMBA Interbike Industry Breakfast on September 24th, Tom Hughes, owner of Bike Town USA in Gainesville, GA, and Dan Thornton of Free-Flite Bicycles in Marietta, GA, received plaques to reward them for reaching Platinum Status, and Mike Nix, owner of Liberty Bikes in Asheville, NC, was award IMBA Gold Status. Platinum Status, IMBA’s highest level of recognition, is awarded to retail shops for their long-standing financial contributions to IMBA that exceed $2,500. Gold Status recognizes contributions of over $1,000. Only three other shops nationally achieved Platinum Status, Bicycle Sport Shop, TX; Shenandoah Bicycle Co., PN.; and Wheel and Sprocket, WI.
Tom, Dan, and Mike are long-time supporters of IMBA-SORBA, and they richly deserve this recognition for their efforts to further mountain biking advocacy in their local areas. Tom has been active throughout the development of the Gainesville State College and Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trail systems, and Dan has supported a multitude of projects in the Atlanta area, most recently the creation of the Van Michael Trail at Blankets Creek in Woodstock and the A. L. Burruss Family Mountain Bike Park in Marietta. Mike has long been involved in advocacy and was instrumental is establishing the Western North Carolina Bicycle Dealer’s Association Biker Bucks program, which offers discounts to those who join IMBA-SORBA and perform trail work. These shop owners understand the importance of vibrant, local trail systems and the chapters that make them happen, and they will continue to support IMBA-SORBA’s mission.