SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (February 10, 2016) - Timbuk2, the original San Francisco-based creator of the messenger bag and pioneer of made-in-America customization, today proudly announces that one of their very own has been added to the SF Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors. Marketing Manager Vanessa Christie will step into the role with the experience of a career rife with marketing and communications expertise.
Vanessa has been the Marketing Manager at Timbuk2 since June 2012. During her time in this position, and in previous marketing roles, she has been instrumental in creating brand vision, strategy, and marketing plans on the local, regional, and global level. She found a perfect home in Timbuk2, whose company origins are mired in bike messengers and the cycling community. Utilizing her creative, high energy, and resourceful marketing acumen, she has helped facilitate the growth of Timbuk2 from its bike messenger origins into a global operation with eight retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, and seven more in Europe and Asia. At Timbuk2, she specializes in project management, branding, marketing strategy development and execution, drive-to-retail marketing (including window visuals), and community engagement. Vanessa’s enthusiasm for cycling, both in her own daily life and in the community as a whole, led her to be an active member-volunteer of the Women Bike SF program as well, further cementing her sponsorship for female cyclists and devoted involvement with the organization prior to this post.
Vanessa is dedicated to introducing more people – especially women – to life on a bicycle. In addition to her personal use and reverence of the bicycle, and her employment at a company that is notoriously entwined with the community, she is co-captain of her SAFE Neighborhood Watch Group, community leader with friends of the Urban Forest, and a pervasive civic activist for errant projects around her neighborhood. She truly capitalizes upon any opportunity to get involved. An SF Bicycle Coalition member since moving to San Francisco in 2010, she rides for weekend adventures, races cyclocross for Vive La Tarte, is a dedicated daily commuter, and rang in 2016 on an independent bike tour in Cuba. As an advocate for an active, healthy life style filled with cycling, organic foods, outdoor recreation, and engaged communities, Vanessa acts as a true representative for what makes this city so great.
“We could not be happier for Vanessa in this exciting new post,” said Timbuk2 CEO Patti Cazzato. “From her work with Timbuk2 to her own personal global sojourns, she is an exemplary model for a strong, female voice in the cycling community. We know she’ll be as invaluable a contribution to their organization as she has been and continues to be for ours.”
A perfect meld of practicality and fashion, Timbuk2 suits the needs of those like Vanessa herself, with a thirst for adventure and an affinity for cycling as the means of transportation to get there. As a brand, they continually find opportunities to show their support for the cycling community, as in this past December when they participated in the World Bicycle Relief’s Giving Tuesday event, which sought to empower mobility for students in Africa. By donating a portion of their e-commerce sales that day, they brought the organization $7,500 and 51 bikes closer to a goal of 800.
The SF Bicycle Coalition is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the organization’s financial health and achievement of its mission. For more information on the SF Bicycle Coalition, visit www.sfbike.org. Or for more information about Timbuk2, visit www.timbuk2.com.
Timbuk2 is a San Francisco original, founded 26 years ago by bike messenger Rob Honeycutt in a garage in the city’s Mission District. Since its inception in 1989, Timbuk2 has designed quality bags, packs and accessories built to last a lifetime, evolving from the original bike messenger company to a pioneer of made-in-America customization and an industry leader in forward-thinking, sustainable manufacturing. The relentless drive to inspire urban mobility, enable individuality and promote responsibility has propelled Timbuk2 forward as it continues fusing passion and style to create durable, functional products informed by the company’s longstanding cycling roots and today’s vibrant city landscape. Timbuk2 products are sold at its retail stores in San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Venice Beach, Portland, Toronto, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Iceland, specialty retailers, and online at www.Timbuk2.com.