Meet the Factory Connection Team!

Rick “Ziggy” Zielfelder

ZiggyMy focus and commitment is to provide all Factory Connection customers with the best suspension services possible.I have worked through many positions in the motorcycle industry, in doing so I recognize the importance of the staff that works for Factory Connection and what their individual qualities mean for each and every Factory Connection customer.

I still ride and occasionally race. I am at the track virtually every weekend at events ranging from Pro Supercross or Motocross, to Amateur Nationals, to different forms of Off-road disciplines; but what I enjoy most are the local races I get to do with my son Aaron and family in tow.

I am very hands on at Factory Connection; I review almost every workorder electronically as the suspension passes through our doors. I spend a lot of the year working in the shop and daily communicate with sales staff on customer comments and feed back.

I want to take some time to introduce you to my team. This team doesn’t consist of racers competing for championships. This team consists of a group of guys that are hard core motorcycle enthusiasts like you! The majority of staff at Factory Connection is made up of people that are either still racing on a regular basis or spent a good part of their life racing. Some of them were MX’ers, Some of them were Off-Road guys, most of them still ride and race today.

I recommend you call around and ask questions before deciding who you trust to work on your suspension. After doing your homework, I am confident that you will have the same confidence in this team as I do.

So take just a few minutes to meet my team!


 

Terry Edgecomb – Vice PresidentĀ of Operations

Terry Edgecomb started with us in late 2000.

He is business orientated and has a very strong technical background. While Terry’s main role has been product development and particularly our line of springs his attention to detail and organizational skills have lead to his involvement in many projects over the years.

Terry now oversees all operations at Factory Connection.

Terry Edgecomb
Terry Edgecomb

 

Tom Wallace – Director of Sales and Marketing

Tom Wallace joined Factory Connection in early 2008.

I first met Tom in the mid 90’s when he was a mechanic for Robbie Reynard on a CR125. Tom has done nothing but work in the Dirt Bike Industry his whole life; traveling the world many times over with GP and US Factory Teams in several different roles from mechanic to Team Manager.

Tom now works on all our Marketing efforts including this website; as well as leading our Sales department.

Tom Wallace - Factory Connection Director of Sales and Marketing
Tom Wallace - Factory Connection Director of Sales and Marketing

 

Steve “Steve-o” Ross – Customer Service Manager

Steve “Steve-o” Ross has been with Factory Connection since the end of 1999.

Steve-o has worked most of his life in the motorcycle industry and has a wealth of knowledge in suspension set up.
Nowadays Steve-o is not on the phone as much as he use to be as his role has changed to more of an administrive one. Most weekends your going to see Steve-o and his son at the local track racing themselves.

Steve Ross

 

Tim Street – Shop Manager

Tim Street has been my wingman at Factory Connection from day one.

In the beginning Tim and I worked side by side on customer suspension day in and day out, at times late into the night, it really was just the two of us.

Nowadays Tim is considered the shop manager nationwide!! He is communicating daily with the technicians in all our locations to help ensure the quality and consistency in the services we provide.

Tim Street

 

Mike Haist – R&D

Mike Haist is known at Factory Connection as the “data guy”. As Director of R&D, Mike has a mission, using advanced bike mounted data acquisition along with 2 in-house suspension dynos that gather data on every possible aspect of suspension performance.

Have you ever wondered why anyone would learn advanced geometry and calculus? Mike has the answer: To make your suspension work better! Mike’s proprietary math formulas and data visualization methods can measure hundreds of data points in real time, replicate them on our state-of-the-art dyno, which ultimately is allowing him to create Revalve settings with a precision never before achieved in the Off-road suspension industry.

As Mike says, being able to “see” the data means faster development cycles, quicker customization, and more race wins. Just ask our recent winners in Motocross, Supercross, GNCC, and Arenacross, I truly believe Mike has taken Factory Connection to a whole new level.

Mike Haist

 

Peter Paige – R&D

Peter started with Factory Connection in 2000 as a shop technician, coming from a dealership service department background and a solid racing career Peter quickly became a lead technician at the New Hampshire headquarters. In 2003 Peter moved to California and spearheaded the opening of Factory Connection West.

Always involved with Factory Connections Honda Race Program in 2009 Peter transition to a testing and development roll within the GEICO Supercorss Motocross Team. In 2015 Peter moved back to New Hampshire to work full time in the Factory Connection R&D Department covering every area of testing and development both on the Dyno and in the field.

Peter Paige

 

Jeremy Harris – Inventory Management

Jeremy started with Factory Connection in early 2011.

Jeremy has a strong motorcycle dealership parts department background; making him a natural fit for his position as Inventory Manager.

Jeremy’s duties at Factory Connection means he is responsible for inventory company wide. From dealing with venders and our distributors worldwide, to transferring inventory between Factory Connection locations Jeremy knows every part we have and where it is!

Jeremy Harris

 

Mike “FC-Mike” Carnelli – Trackside

FC-Mike has been with Factory Connection since 2002.

FC-Mike is well know in the North East having been around racing all his life.

In the winter months FC-Mike heads south to the tracks in Georgia and Florida.

With a complete inventory of parts on his truck FC-Mike is there to help, keep an eye on his schedule and meet up with him sometime to get technical support trackside.

FC Mike

 

Linda Huff – Accounting
Linda came to Factory Connection with a background in book keeping and accounts payable/receivable.Linda has been a long time friend and along with my wife Janice and myself now helps handle the books at Factory Connection.
Linda Huff

 

Sales and Technical Support

When you call Factory Connection our Sales and Technical Support Team are here for you. This group can help you with any questions you have about Factory Connection, the services we provide and most importantly technical support with your Factory Connection Suspension.

These 4 guys each have an extensive background in the dirt bike industry and work closely with myself and the other members of the R&D Department to stay current on the ever evolving suspension components. Its very important to me that I can hear and see them when they are on the phone, and that is why I want the calls coming to our New Hampshire location for both sales and technical support.

Rich spends a lot of time test riding all bikes and helping with the development of settings. Rich typically rides the OEM bikes stock and provides the initial feed back on how bikes perform stock, known as “Rich’s Riding Notes”. Jay and Billy also accomplished riders help with testing our Revalve settings and other parts we develop inhouse. Zak is heavily involved within R&D spending more than 50% of his time in the field, you will see Zak at all the GNCC events providing trackside support.

Rich Rogers
Jay Poulin
Billy Sjoblom
Zak
Rich Rogers
Jay Poulin
Billy Sjoblom
Zak

 

East Coast Shop, Barrington, NH

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Alex Munroe
jimmy
Doug Markham
Tech
Dan Peva
Tech
Alex Munroe
Tech
Jimmy Flood
Tech
Dylan Izbicki
Parts
Steve Willard
Shipping

 

California Shop, Corona, CA
DJ
Marc Maynard
DJ Scarponi
Shop Manager
Marc-Andre
Office
Marissa Markelon
Office
Travis LaRocco
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Ryder LaRocco
Tech
Travis Ledbetter
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Oklahoma Shop, Muskogee, OK
Justin Sawyer
Shop Manager
Todd Webb
Tech

 

Pennsylvania Shop, Ephrata, PA
Ryan Nolan
Shop Manager
Scott Minor
Tech
Jake Claxton
Tech

 

Oregon Shop, Milwaukee, OR
Jake Doyle
Shop Manager
Jake Poole
Tech

 

Florida Shop, Leesburg, FL
Brad Knight
Shop Manager
Colin McGinnis
Tech
Jacob Einloth
Tech