Daniel Wyner, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Founder
Dan Wyner is an inventor/entrepreneur with a large portfolio of patented technology focused mainly on developmental applications for advanced materials. Since graduating from Dartmouth College in 1981, Dan has founded and managed over a dozen businesses in fields ranging from computers and electronics to advanced composites. In 2005, Dan was inducted into the Space Foundation’s “Space Technology Hall of Fame” (managed cooperatively with NASA) for several of his patents that allowed commercialization of textile temperature-regulating phase change microspheres that had been originally developed for the NASA space program. Dan is an avid cyclist, tennis player and a private pilot – now flying mostly small experimental aircraft. He is a recent past-president of the RI chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Bob Burbank, Chief Executive Officer
With a career that has included leadership roles at well-known brands such as Burton and Cannondale, Bob has a proven track record when it comes to product development, building brands, and driving business performance. As CEO, Bob will lead the G-Form team to achieve the global business goals. When Bob isn’t on his bike or playing volleyball, keep an eye out for him running on the road, training for his next insanely long distance race.
Michael De Leon, VP of Marketing:
Originally from Southern California, Michael De Leon brings global brand experience and a proven track record for leading integrated marketing communication and strategic global implementation for a number of sport industry brands. In his new role, Michael will be responsible for G-Form’s marketing, branding, social media and communications. In his free time, Michael enjoys long rides with lots of climbing (mountain and road), snowboarding, running and canoeing. His drink of choice is a gin and tonic, and he loves good Mexican food.
Meg Clough, VP of Product
Meg heads up our Product Research, Design, and Development department, coming from a product background in the action sports and outdoor industries - Burton Snowboards, The North Face, and Thule are just some of the folks that she's run with. Her pup, Sunny, escorts her daily to work to ensure she stays in line. Outside of work she likes to snowboard, hike, bike, hang at the beach, hug trees, play on the farm, ride her Sportster®, and be outside as much as possible.
Stephanie Thorn, Senior Product Development Engineer
As a founder, Stephanie designed our first ever RPT pad and has been with the G-Form team ever since. She is a woman of multiple talents with a go-getter attitude. Around the office, Stephanie is known for her extensive expertise of molding and engineering. She loves sign language, camping, fishing, sewing, and spending time with her family.
Nick Dupree, Senior Product Designer
Nick grew up in Seattle, Washington, and has been drawing and designing his whole life. After high school where he pursued interests in art and design, and also competed in high school varsity soccer, tennis, and crew, Nick came to Providence to study industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design. After taking a G-Form sponsored class at RISD, he joined the team as an intern, working on packaging design and product design while completing his senior year at RISD. After graduating in the Spring, Nick has come on board as a full time designer, and is dedicated to using his skills and knowledge of design to contribute to the G-Form team.
Lindsay Nevins, Product Designer
Lindsay grew up in the corn-filled countryside of Illinois, and graduated from Virginia Tech with her Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Design. At G-Form, her focus is working with the research and development team to design and innovate RPT technology for exciting new G-Form products. Around the office, you can often see Lindsay drinking green tea from a turtle mug. In her downtime, Lindsay loves to cook, exercise, read, ski, and explore new places.
Meghan Ballard, Product Line Coordinator
Meghan graduated from Endicott College (2014) with a bachelors of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Hospitality and Tourism, receiving Cum Laude honors. While there, she was active playing the flute in pit orchestra, the pep band, and chamber ensemble. She is also a part of the Mortar Board National Honors Society and Phi Epsilon Kappa honors fraternity for Sport Science. Meghan stumbled upon G-Form while reading the Providence Journal article about some RI companies!
Jim Gaudet, Polyworks Plant Manager, R&D Specialist
Jim lives in Blackstone, MA with his wife and three children and enjoys anything outdoors. Jim is involved in local youth sports and has been on the board of directors for the Blackstone valley Boys & Girls club since 2007. Jim founded Taurus woodworking, which he owned and operated until 2000. He then joined a local urethane manufacturing company where the same creative energy was used, first in mold and model making then the development of new products and manufacturing equipment. Jim was the research and development manager and then became the plant manager.
He now joins the research and development team of G-Form where his expertise in both product development and the manufacturing process used in the G-Form product line will guide both the R&D team and the designers to create new products and technologies.
Renee Mitson, Senior Global Marketing Manager
After living in Boston and Toronto, Renee is back to her home state, living in Providence, RI. She holds a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications and Film from Simmons College and an M.A. in Digital Media from Ryerson University. Renee is passionate about bicycle commuting, travel, and (eating) seafood. Talk to her about inbound marketing and digital strategy.
Rick Couto, Art Director
The question remains unanswered: is Rick Couto a designing drummer or a drumming designer? Frankly, Rick has little time to think about it. He’s G-Form's Art Director and Senior Graphic Designer on weekdays, a first call drummer on weekends, and a master of balance at all times. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Rick has enjoyed a textured career as a graphic designer, product developer and creative director. His travels to Asia turned him into a seasoned product developer. No matter what the challenge at hand has been – from Santa Claus catalogs, to photovoltaic furnace ads, from product logos to his beautifully stylish CD packaging – Rick’s skills, clarity and intuition always prevail.
Rick is father to Max, stepfather to Claire and hopelessly at the mercy of his granddaughter, Taya. Settled right in the middle of a three-generation chain of drummers (between father Joe and son Max), Rick’s been a working musician for decades, on stage and in the recording studio. His category-defying musical portfolio is staggering in longevity and diversity, embracing rock, blues, jazz, Latin and African flavors. His exercise routine really kicks in on weekends, with 4 or 5 hours of unrelenting drumming, sandwiched between grueling sessions of loading and unloading his drum kit.
Sarah Tomasso, Graphic Designer
Sarah is a Rhode Island native who graduated from UMass Dartmouth class of 2012 with a BFA in Graphic Design and minor in Marketing. She has worked as an illustrator for the Johnson & Wales Culinary textbooks, has done branding and design work for a skate shop in Boston, and held a position working on large scale signage for a beer distributor in Massachusetts. From studying abroad in Florence and traveling throughout Europe, to her recent cross-country road trip, Sarah can never get enough of traveling and experiencing new places. She's a foodie and craft beer aficionada, enjoys kayaking, bike riding, spending time at the ocean, and helping out on her family's farm in East Hampton, NY.
Alex Sardella, Brand and Sponsorship Coordinator
Alex actively works in G-Form's Marketing and Art Departments. He manages and attends many events, so you may catch him at the next G-Form outing! Alex also manages athletes, helps out with social media, and is assisting in building the brand in Action and Team Sports. After graduating from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing, his talents have taken him back to Rhode Island — a place he has always called home. Alex's preferred method of transportation is his longboard. His other passions include snowboarding, mountain biking, windsurfing, traveling, music and camping.
Steve Lamando, Field Marketing Coordinator
Steve graduated from Roger Williams University in 2014 and is stoked to be apart of such an exciting company. He is passionate about sports, and has been using our products for many years. At G-Form, Steve is a contributing member of the Sales, Marketing, and Operations teams and often travels to represent our brand at many skate, bike, and soccer events. When he’s not working at the office, Steve enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking, geocaching, and going to the beach.
Joanna Petterson, Bike Product Line Manager
Joanna, or as most call her, Jojo has been dedicated to the mountain bike industry and racing for over 13 years. It was with this passion for biking, racing and the sport of mountain biking that Jojo and G-Form collided. Jo began as a rider for G-Form and as G-Form needed a bike dedicated focus the two began working together in September of 2012, contractually starting after Jo went to watch the 2012 London Olympic Mountain bike race.. We said she is dedicated to the sport. In the coming years Jo will be racing Enduro and working on product development closely with Athletes and consumers.
Jo has seen her fair share of podiums in Downhill and 4X nationally and on the World Cup tour and along with that she has also had her fair share of crashes, broken bones and concussions and it is with that passion for racing that Jo approaches product development for the bike market. Ever the critic, Jo will always work hard to improve the products G-Form makes to protect you and keep the ride going.
Ami Newsham, Founder & VP of Sales
A Rhode Island native, Ami Newsham is an avid road cyclist and has a long history of competitive running. As a founder, she is responsible for the direction of sales for G-Form and also contributes to the development of its innovative products. She currently makes her home in Providence, RI.
Scott Chesney, International Sales Manager
Scott lives in Hampshire, UK with his wife and daughter and is based at our Windsor, UK office. Scott has always had a strong interest in sports, playing Rugby for his local club and county. Since hanging up his boots, Scott’s new passion is cycling where he has enjoyed many adventures including cycling from London to Paris and touring the Himalayas. Scott graduated from Loughborough University before developing a career in international sales within the Outdoor and Sports Industry. Scott is responsible for developing sales channels in multiple territories for G-Form’s team sports products.
Dennis Benjamin, UK Sales Manager
Dennis lives in Essex, UK with his wife and two daughters. Dennis worked eight years at Under Armour in various roles spanning from Retail Marketing Manager for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the Welsh Rugby Union. Dennis played Pro Soccer in league two of the English Soccer league. Dennis also has a wealth of key account Sales experience within the sports and leisure industry.
Steve Kwait, Bike/Snow Sales
With more then 21 years of industry sales experience for companies such as Haro, Spy, Fox, Acerbis, Scott and Cannondale, Steve has proved himself to be a key asset for driving sales and building retail relationships. In his new position, Steve will contribute his bike and snow experiences in sales and field marketing to grow and expand these existing sales channels. In his free time Steve enjoys mountain and road riding, Motocross, skiing, and getting in a track day in on his motorcycle when he finds the time.
Ervin Hamzo, OEM & Baseball Sales
Ervin initially joined G-Form as a Buyer/Planner where he played an essential role within our Operations department. Some of Ervin’s responsibilities as a Buyer/Planner ranged from purchasing, planning, and vendor management. Recently, Ervin has decided to take on a new challenge as our OEM Business Development Manager. In this new role, Ervin will be responsible for ensuring that all of our current OEM customers receive ‘best-in-class’ customer service while seeking opportunities to collaborate with other companies that can benefit from G-Form’s technology. When he is not working, Ervin enjoys spending time with his son Lucas and his wife Kendra.
Louis Giardini, OEM Account Manager – Inbound/Outbound Coordinator
Louis comes to G-Form after having worked for over 30 years in the printing and advertising industries. Originally from Massachusetts, he graduated from Providence College and has lived in Rhode Island ever since. A cancer survivor since 2001 he has been involved as a fund raiser for the Team in Training program through the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society several times. He is an avid cyclist averaging between 2,000-3,000 miles per year. He also enjoys tennis, fishing and is a voracious reader with an appetite especially for noir novels. He has one son Kai, who works as a bike messenger in Providence. He lives with his wife Tricia in Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Alex Seagrave, Operations Manager
Alex has a diverse background in operations and logistics; from fortune 25 companies to start-ups. Before joining the G-Form team, Alex spent the last decade working as a supply chain expert in the medical and rare goods fields and running his own supply chain consulting firm. Growing up in the pacific north west, he has a great affinity for the outdoors and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping all over the US. He is an obsessive tinkerer; fixing and making all manner of things in his free time.
Kevin Church, Logistics Coordinator/Warehouse Associate
After working in retail logistics for 3 years and wedding operations for one, Kevin brought his unique skill set to G-Form in January of 2014.
Part of Kevin's tasks include managing a small team of warehouse employees, making sure all orders are fulfilled in the quickest way possible and most importantly, keeping the staff entertained with his quirky personality.
When outside of G-Form, Kevin is avid about his Audio/Visual, Entertainment & Media hobbies. He is active behind the scenes in the Providence music scene, especially with Providence-based band Young Pandas, for which he does sound engineering as well as manage their social media presence.
Cory Ferris, Sales Support Representative
Cory was born and raised in Somerset, MA and currently lives there. He graduated from Framingham State University in May of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While at school he played soccer for four years and made it to the NCAA tournament in 2011. Over the years he has developed strong problem solving and customer service skills. Outside of work Cory enjoys playing soccer, exercising, going to the beach, and hanging out with family and friends. He is also a die hard Boston sports fan, including the Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots. Cory is very excited to be working for G-Form!