Join state leaders at the inaugural Arkansas Bike Summit on June 21st-22nd at Record in Bentonville. The summit will discuss cycling infrastructure, development, events and more! Keep checking back as speakers will be announced as confirmed.
We have partnered with two local hotels to provide you with a discounted Arkansas Bike Summit Rate:
T.J. Juskiewicz is the director of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa-RAGBRAI™. RAGBRAI is the oldest, longest and largest recreational bicycle tour in the world. Juskiewicz has worked with RAGBRAI since 2003.
Juskiewicz brings with him nearly 30 years of athletic event experience and a love of cycling. Prior to RAGBRAI, he served as director of Florida’s cross-state ride, Bike Florida, and has been involved with the event since its inaugural ride in 1992. Juskiewicz was also one of the coordinators of Bike South 2000, a 2,000-mile, 30-day, bicycle tour of six southern states.
Prior to his work in the cycling industry, Juskiewicz served as director of Florida’s Sunshine State Games, the state’s Olympic-style multi-sport festival. He also worked in the marketing department of the University of Florida athletic department at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also helped with the founding of the United States Track Coaches Association (now the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association)
He is a current board member and past president of the National President of the Bicycle Tour Network (previously called the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association), an advisory board member of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, a board member of the Iowa Sports Foundation and former National President of National Association of Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness & Sports (Now called the National Association for Health & Fitness)
He is a proud graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville with a Masters in Sport Management and a Bachelors in Telecommunications.
He and his wife, Jodi, have been married for 19 years and have one son (Chase, 16) and a daughter (Cami, 14).
RedHouseMedia Creative Director
Aaron Hautala has presented worldwide—from Germany’s Eurobike to national conferences throughout the United States—on behalf of “Cyclenomics,” the story of Cuyuna’s rebirth through mountain biking trails and outdoor recreation. Located two hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cuyuna’s population is less than 4,000, but it has been featured in international media, national publications such as Dirt Rag, Mountain Bike Flyer, and Gear Junkie, and most recently in a documentary produced by YETI coolers. Cuyuna is currently ranked in the top 20 mountain bicycle trails in the world by Singletracks.com, ranked as a top 5 destination for winter fat biking by Men’s Health and Outside, and ranked by Outside as one of the top 26 worldwide places to visit right now.
Hautala recently retired his 6-year tenure as volunteer president of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CREW), a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)—a position he had held since 2012. In less than 6 years while president, Hautala and the CREW/IMBA successfully advocated and fundraised $5.9 million to fully fund the Cuyuna Master Vision for Trails. Hautala provided extensive trail advocacy, public relations, and economic development that helped start 16 new businesses, which have now launched a region-wide economic and emotional renaissance.
When not working on Cuyuna, Hautala serves as creative director of RedHouseMedia (RHM)—a communications/advertising firm based out of central Minnesota—assisting businesses, organizations, and destinations to purposefully craft their narrative to create the intended, preferable future. Most recently, Hautala and RHM have launched Destination Development, which marries the fundraising, design, development, and construction of an outdoor recreation destination with the necessary communication tools. One example of Destination Development is Cuyuna Adventure Town USATM, created by Hautala and RHM, which furthers Cuyuna’s master vision of a purpose-built trail system surrounded by a purpose-built community.
Co-Owner of Path Less Pedaled
Russ Roca is co-owner of The Path Less Pedaled - a bike travel blog-turned-business. Since 2009, The Path Less Pedaled has focused on the ways in which cycling can positively impact small and rural communities, and has partnered with community leaders and tourism agencies across the US to work through the challenges of marketing a destination to a bicycling audience.
Cycling Program Director of the Runway Group
Brendan Quirk currently serves as the Cycling Program Director of the Runway Group in Bentonville. Between now and July, he will split his time between Little Rock and Bentonville. He and his family will permanently move to Bentonville in July.
He was co-founder and CEO of Competitive Cyclist, a Little Rock-based startup which eventually grew to become North America’s largest eCommerce cycling company. In 2011, it was acquired by outdoor eCommerce retailer Backcountry.com, where he served as Executive Vice President of Customer Experience. Most recently he served as North America President for Rapha Racing, LLC, a London-based brand of cycling apparel and accessories.
He has a BA in English Literature from Swarthmore College and an MA in English Literature from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His wife Leigh is a native of central Arkansas, and he has three children -- Lily (17), James (15) and Ernie (13).
Director of Recreational Lands at Minnesota Land Trust
Hansi spent a lifetime working and playing in the Outdoors.His earliest job in the "industry" was as a kid in Winona, MN working with Wenonah Canoe. From there it spread from years in retail to working as a sales rep in Backcountry skiing with brands like Garmont, Tua, G3 and Rainey Bindings. Next came paddle sports and clothing with companies like Patagonia, Confluence, and Wenonah. Life transitioned from selling "things" to selling the core idea of going outside for the health of our public lands our people and our communities. Hansi spent six awesome years with IMBA as their Regional Director. However, when, then Mayor Don Ness and the Minnesota Land Trust made him an offer to work on building Duluth as a destination for outdoor adventure he could not refuse and is working that role as we speak.
Hansi's main skill is that storytellereller. Photography has been my been his best tool in this realm. Story telling has been his strength in sales and it certainly has been his strength in advocacy and in building public consensus around the many projects he is involved in today.
Program Officer for the Walton Family Foundation
Bio coming soon. Here is a link to Gary's LinkedIn page.