Meet the Staff
I’ve been the general manager of Cycology Bicycles since we opened the newly remodeled shop in 2006. After 25 years working as a Carpenter/Project Manager, I was looking for a career change. As an avid cyclist, fisherman, backpacker and outdoorsman I’m always looking for the next adventure.
Born in Texas and raised in Brazil with several other stops along the route, I ended up in Indiana where I met my wife and settled down.
I moved to Louisville TN in 1987 with my wife and daughter. Having spent my childhood on Ft Loudon Lake at my grandparents and hiking, fishing and swimming the creeks and lakes of the Smoky Mountains with my cousins, I always knew Blount County would eventually be my permanent home. My ancestors moved to East TN from Scotland in the 1700’s, so it’s in my blood. After a few trips from our home in Indiana, my wife fell in love with the area — and the rest is history.
I’m excited to team with Dave Penegar to manage Little River Trading Company and Cycology Bicycles. Our staff’s meticulous attention to customer service and quality product selection will be a great asset to your shopping and outdoor experience. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to improve your outdoor life.
Bert Emmerson | “Wildcat”
Standing 5’ Awesome” and hailing from America’s heartland, this ruggedly handsome fellow is equally comfortable whether he is long distance backpacking or giving Chuck Norris life advice. When “Wildcat” is not on the trail he is out chopping wood, passing out homemade business cards (which are currently going for hundreds of dollars on ebay), or combing his lovely wife Becky’s locks. Bert also spends time educating local youth on the importance of calf strengthening. In all seriousness if your bucket list doesn’t include meeting Bert Emmerson then you need to rewrite it. ‘Merica hearts Bert Emmerson!
Jayson is our youngest employee but by no means does that give him any less outdoor experience than the rest of the crew. Jayson is an avid outdoorsman; whether it be backpacking, fishing, recreational paddling, sport climbing, or his most recent passion, fly fishing. You can almost guarantee to find Jayson in the woods somewhere when not in school. Jayson is an eagle scout and has had a passion for the outdoors his entire life. He hiked the AT through the Smoky Mountains when he was 15 years old. Jayson started out as one of our youngest and most faithful customers, at the age of 13 he saved his money and purchased a Kayak from the shop, he has shopped with us for many of years and when he was finally old enough to get a job we snagged him and he has been a blast to work with ever since. Aside from the outdoors, Jayson is quite the artist as well. Jayson is finishing up his senior year at Maryville High School and is looking into colleges. However, upon graduation and before college he hopes to embark upon an epic journey, which has yet to be announced.
Maggie is a native of Blount County, and a current student of Maryville College. Although she has only been hiking for a little over a year, her first camping trip was in Cades Cove at the age of 4 months, and she has been in the Smokies ever since. She eventually hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail (maybe after graduation…). In the meantime, she hikes with her daughter and manages and leads the Mary T. Wilson Hikers’ Guild, a beginner/kid-friendly hiking group in the Maryville area.
Born in the great state of Texas, Meagan relocated to Maryville 2001. She competed in equestrian and rock climbing competitions for a number of years before moving to Murfreesboro for college. There, Meagan worked for Middle Tennessee State University as a rock climbing, white water rafting, and backpacking guide for two years. She relocated back to Maryville and now attends Maryville College to study Outdoor Recreation. Meagan loves to spend her free time climbing, backpacking, and general adventuring with friends; at the store she’s known for telling the corniest jokes. Certified in Wilderness First Aid and underwater basket weaving, she’s never seen without a cup of coffee and her trusty pug at her side.