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Byline: Sherri Buri McDonald The Register-Guard
A leadership transition is in the works at Burley, a family-owned Eugene company that designs and sells bike trailers, kids' bikes and jogging strollers.
Allison Coughlin, the daughter of Burley owner Mike Coughlin, will become company president on Aug. 31, the company announced.
Allison, 27, has worked for Burley for three-plus years, most recently as sales and marketing manager.
Mike Coughlin, 62, will continue to be Burley's owner and CEO, but he said he'll hand off responsibility for Burley's daily operations by the end of the year, allowing him to focus on other business and real estate ventures.
"I was thinking it's a good time," Coughlin said of passing the reins to Allison.
"She's got great relationships with our customers," he said. "She understands the international customers. She's good with numbers and understands the forecasts and has established good relationships in the industry. She's got a good grasp of all the departments, and we've got a strong team."
Coughlin said he didn't buy Burley almost a decade ago with the intention of having one of his children run it.
"But Allison's go-getter mentality, passion for the business and eagerness to learn has convinced me otherwise," Coughlin said. "I can't think of anyone more deserving of this position, and it makes it even sweeter that I get to be a proud dad as well."
Coughlin's son, Nick, who has worked at Burley for almost four years, will be promoted to marketing manager at the end of the month. He previously managed Burley's website and oversaw photos, videos and advertising.
Historically, Burley had a marketing manager and a sales manager before Allison Coughlin took on the combined role. The jobs will be separated again, allowing more emphasis to be placed on each, Allison Coughlin said. Burley recently launched a search for a sales manager.
Allison earned a finance degree from the University of Denver and worked as events director at Relief Nursery, a local nonprofit organization, before starting work at Burley in 2013.
As president, she will focus on strategy and direction of the 25-employee company. She will lead Burley's five-member management team, helping to complete projects and resolve issues. She will oversee such matters as cash flow planning, quality control, and legal and intellectual property issues.
Coughlin said she plans to continue to develop and improve Burley's company culture.
"We want to be a place where people want to work in Eugene," she said.
"I would really hope to carry on (Mike's) legacy as closely as possible," she said. "I think he set a really good example and has been a really good leader for Burley."
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