Friday, May 29, 2009

New Face at Jack & Adam's

Who is the new guy helping you out at Jack & Adam's on Sundays? His name is Brian Hill and we're happy to have him on board. We've asked him a few questions about himself so that we can all get to know him a little better.

What's your full time job?
4th grade teacher at Volma Overton Elementary in East Austin.

Why did you want to work at J&A's?
I love the sport of triathlon. With the summer off as a teacher, I figured this would be a fun way to learn more about the products used in the sport and help others get hooked on triathlon.

Best part about working here:
The environment at Jack and Adam's is unlike most businesses. When I was hired, Jack and Drew told me something that really stuck out. They said that I didn't have to know everything there is to know about the products we sell and that I didn't have to meet a certain quota of sales. They told me to be on time and to be friendly to customers. That's it. This allows the opportunity for a place where customers and staff build relationships instead of worrying about making a sale. A welcoming place where you come to not only buy great products, but also hang out and shoot the breeze about what's going on in your daily life. It becomes more than a store. It's kind of like a family room that happens to sell some sweet bike stuff!

Favorite bike:

I love my 2007 Felt S22, but I REALLY LIKE the yellow and black 2008 Felt B2. Definitely my dream day!

Favorite triathlon:
Not sure I have a favorite, but I'm really looking forward to doing the Austin Triathlon and the Longhorn 70.3 for the first time this year. Maybe one of them will top my list.

Favorite nutritional product:
I have to admit, I don't use nutritional products very much. I should, especially now that I work at the shop and they're all around me. I do like to use HED on my rides though.

Favorite workout:
I love the route that the Jack and Adam's group ride goes on every Sunday out from the shop, around Decker Lake, and back. It's great to follow that ride up with a nice brick run at Town Lake afterwards.

How long you've been in the sport?:
I've been doing triathlons for about 3 years now. I was injured most of last year so I've still barely scratched the surface of my triathlon journey.

If you have anything else you'd like to add, that's cool too:
The sport of triathlon is relatively young, so you're always going to have people new to the sport that have a lot of questions. I know when I was starting out I had a ton of questions and sometimes felt embarrassed to ask them. I still have questions today! Just ask Thomas or Sam at the shop...I bombard them with questions all the time. It's nice to have a place like Jack and Adam's to get those questions answered while not feeling dumb for asking them. Austinites are lucky to have a city that caters to athletes in a number of different ways. From great trails to run on, beautiful scenery and roads to ride on, and awesome places like Barton Springs to swim in. We are also lucky to have a top class shop like Jack and Adam's available to us with staff and service that can take care of any of our triathlon needs. That's pretty awesome.

Be sure to stop by J&A's this summer to meet Brian in person!


dg said...

BHIll is a class guy and is a great addition to your shop...I'm not a cyclist, but I may come hang out to find out what all the fuss is about...


cheryl glover said...

that's my favorite only one actually, but if i had more he'd be my fave!! he really is as cool as he sounds...and at least as jazzed about triathalon as he sounds as well...wait til you meet him :)

Paul T. said...

he's the defacto captain of our shop basketball team too right? (by virtue of his height) :)