About Us

Berd was founded in 2015 with a mission to use advancements in materials science and engineering to improve cycling products. Our PolyLight™ spokes are the lightest in the world. They enable cyclists to ride farther and faster, while expending less effort.

Charlie Spanjers

Charlie is a Co-Founder of Berd. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University. Charlie has a background in polymer science. He enjoys mountain biking, being outside, and spending time with his family.

Brad Guertin

Brad is a Co-Founder of Berd and has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota . Brad comes from the medical device industry and brings advanced manufacturing skills to Berd. Brad enjoys all forms of skiing and cycling.

Kyle Olson

Kyle is a Co-Founder of Berd. Kyle has a B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Kyle brings expertise in new product development from his roles in academic research and industry. Kyle prides himself on biking faster than Brad and Charlie.

Andres Flores

Andres manages Berd's manufacturing process to ensure spokes are produced to the highest possible quality. Andres is a car enthusiast and loves driving his Ford Mustang.

Mike Arbeiter

Mike brings lifelong start-up business experience to Berd including
Rollerblade, Inc., Gyrotec Corp., InMotion, Inc., and LiquiCell Technologies, Inc. Mike advises on business strategy.

George Murray

George is an experienced operations leader with an extensive track record of helping companies scale manufacturing efficiently to high volume and meet customer needs.

Kwasi Rodgers

Kwasi builds and manages the production for all Berd wheel builds. In his spare time Kwasi enjoys collecting and anodizing knives and other cool everyday carry items.

Terence Taylor

Terence manages the front end manufacturing for spokes. Terence enjoys working out, snowboarding, and making videos for his YouTube channel.

Allison Horner

Allison oversees Berd's technology development and automation. Allison has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. Allison brings manufacturing process development experience from the aerospace industry, and in her free time enjoys joking about the Star Wars prequels.