“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus
With very mixed feelings, we post this blog. We recently lost one, and are soon losing another, long-time Rogue team member to new places. We are certainly sad about that but excited for them to pursue new opportunities, and very excited to welcome two new team members who joined us this month.
Warren Brown, our Cedar Park Training Manager, is leaving us at the end of September. He will be moving to Dallas to be closer to family and has accepted a position with Southwest Airlines. Warren joined Rogue in November of 2011 and has been with us for just under 3 years. He has literally done everything at Rogue, from coaching to the retail floor, race management to sponsorship acquisition and managing Cedar Park (CP) retail to finally managing CP training. Rogue CP many not have survived had he not been willing to plug in wherever he was needed; a dutiful man to say the least! His speedo-wearing love of Rogue will be missed to the fullest; Warren, we will miss you man. Come see us back in Austin often!
To fill Warren’s spot, we are very excited to announce a new team member joining us as Training Manager in Cedar Park. Jennifer Harney (Jen) started with us on September 2nd. Jen previously trained with Rogue prior to accepting a position as training manager at Luke’s Locker in Austin, where she has been for 3 years. Over the last three years Jen has grown and developed a successful training model with Austin Fit (a partner of Luke’s Locker), applying a number of ideas that have since been adopted nationally with USA Fit (the national brand behind Austin Fit). Additionally, she also managed numerous coaches and lead countless groups of her own.
Jen is truly passionate about running and, specifically, the running community of Cedar Park where she lives with her 2 boys. She relocated to the area almost 10 years ago to coach for Stoney Point HS. Jen not only loves Rogue but more specifically Rogue Cedar Park. As the store and training continues to grow into its own, we are excited to bring in someone with her combination of experience and direct connection to the community.
In addition, as you already know, Mr. Chuck Duvall’s last day with Rogue was late last month. He accepted a management position with Austin Tri-Cyclist and is now adding bikes, wet suits and all sorts of fun tri-gadgets to his retail expertise. He left excited to learn new things there and further pursue his passion in the triathlon world. Chuck was with us for just over 3 years after we brought him on in May 2011 to fill a need for part-time retail shifts. He started with one 4-hour shift and worked his way up to downtown Store Manager over that period because he was always willing to step up and do more. We already miss his passion for this business, his love for shoes, and bold, outspoken demeanor (boom!). Chuck: we love you man. Once a Rogue, always a Rogue, so don’t be a stranger!
The great Sarah Madebach has been promoted to downtown Store Manager to replace Chuck in that role. Her first position at Rogue began just 10 days after Chuck joined us in 2011, and we have full confidence that she will fill Chuck’s very big size 12.5 Hokas. Congrats to Sarah!
To support Sarah and our retail team downtown, we are also super excited to announce that James Dodds is rejoining our full-time team, this time as Assistant Retail Manager downtown. He was previously our original Training Manager in Cedar Park before moving on to pursue other opportunities. Now, we have him back full-time in addition to his coaching duties for the Austin Marathon. Some of you may not know that James is a closet shoe geek and has worked plenty of time on the retail floor up in Cedar Park. Ask him about his shoe problem. We love James and are excited to have him back.
Thank you again to Chuck and Warren for being such great team members over the last 3 years. We will miss you but are excited for you as well. And, welcome (or welcome back) to Jen and James!