Meet the Ridekick Team
What started in a garage with only an idea and a drill has led to a team of passionate, driven people. Meet a couple of the folks who make Ridekick International tick.
Dee Coyle Wanger
Dee, aka “Mama Bear,” has the specialty of attending to anything that needs to get done, with a focus on Culture Development and Marketing. Her resume includes a Bachelor’s in Communications Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Education – Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University. Dee is also the Founder of the non-profit Discovery Science Center in Northern Colorado, a small business owner of DMC Publications, and a Lego Robotics Coach and former elementary school teacher at Rivendell School.
After a year and a half of sharing close living quarters and conducting dinner table consulting with the founder of Ridekick, Dee found a calling to the small business start-up. With her Ridekick power trailer, Dee says, “I’m more likely to ride – commute by bike to work, to social activities, to the grocery store, to… anywhere! It’s efficient and FUN! My only complaint is the bugs in my teeth from smiling so much on the way.” Dee’s mission is to make every individual she comes in contact with to feel important. And on top of that, she has climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Mark, President/Founder of Ridekick International, has a focus on recruiting talented, passionate people to accelerate our mission. Degrees from Colorado State University, MIT, and UC Santa Barbara have translated into 25 years of experience in business strategy, planning, engineering, and marketing.
Mark’s path to Ridekick International started while pursuing energy savings for the community. “I needed a way to commute without sweating or using a car. John Bidwell provided an answer that catalyzed the founding of RKI!” His “beyond” with his Ridekick power trailer is bicycling against a headwind with a ‘kick. “It’s a fantastic feeling. Bring it on!” Mark’s personal mission is life is to help people have fun while reducing their carbon footprints. Some interesting things you probably wouldn’t guess about Mark is that he is left-handed, loves to solve puzzles, and learned to snowboard at 40!