Our Story

Ground Control Systems is Here to Stay 

Look at us grow!

Ground Control Systems is one of Sacramento’s fastest growing companies. This year marks our 5th consecutive time on the Sacramento Business Journal’s List, and we have no plans of slowing down.

Our growth comes from passion. We have a burning desire to share our knowledge with everyone, and we mean everyone. Believe us, this is a lot of hard work.  But this passion has created a culture we will never grow tired of.

Our product comes from innovation and our ability to apply it to an industry that has lost its way. We build solutions, not racks. We build for function first and form second. Brilliant? We think so.

The racks you see on campuses, in cities, and in commercial business settings were most likely designed more than 50 years ago. For many developers and planners, the decision-making process is driven by “what is” not “what can be”. This lack of awareness, combined with a cost overrun and budget constraints, has resulted in the continued installation of these outdated racks.

We take a different approach. Our parking solutions are designed for the user, by the user. It’s not about the cost for us. It’s about the experience.

So, what have we done since our last story was told? Everything. In addition to supplying parking solutions across the country, everywhere from the city of Davis to the University of Kentucky, we have also been busy receiving awards. The League of American Cyclists awarded Ground Control Systems as a “Platinum” level bicycle-friendly business, their highest honor. Very few companies can claim this title and we pride ourselves on standing alongside them. Awards like this are why we love what we do.  

We are Innovators. We are advocates. We are Ground Control Systems™ the Bike and Board Parking Solution Experts.

The Ground Control Difference

  • Award Winning Design

    Ground Control maintains the high level of excellence we established as Park A Bike, when we received the first ever American Society of Landscape Architects’ People's Choice Award for the design and function of the Varsity Bike Dock® and the SkateDock™. Ground Control Systems takes this excellence even further, incorporating our step-by-step planning and execution process into each specific project.

  • Unmatched Experience

    Bicycle and board friendly parking is not just a goal at Ground Control Systems; it's our mission. With 25+ years in business and more than 10,000 clients, we have helped set the standard for vastly improved user friendliness for bicycle parking that riders seek out.

  • Dedicated Team Approach

    Ground Control assigns you a dedicated relationship manager that ensures the success of your bike and board parking project. We are with you every step of the way to help you take control of your ground.

  • Setting The Campus Standard

    We are the campus standard and premier planning provider for more than 80 universities and corporate campuses throughout the United States. Ground Control Systems recognizes space, cost effectiveness and ease of use are at the top of the list for customers with the greatest need for the best system.

  • Education

    The best parking systems come down to a game of inches. We provide the education to help customers understand this game of inches and how a systemic project investment beats simple product costs every time.
  • Quick Turnaround

    We help orchestrate successful bike parking and skateboard parking projects from site design to product installation within 30 days.

  • World Class Solutions

    We are devoted to providing world-class bicycle and board parking that go beyond bent pieces of metal. We give you orderly solutions that address footprint, space efficiency and actually encourage ridership.


Greg Bauer

Ground Control’s President and Chief Strategy Officer

Someone has to be constantly thinking up new strategies and driving the plan when they are not sleeping, right?

Co-owner and Chief Strategist, Greg Bauer is That Guy. After creating and building the successful multi-store Rack N Road business (racknroad.com), starting his own manufacturing operation, running a management company, and being an active husband, father and coach, it was only natural to turn another business into the next big thing. Natural for Greg, anyway. Ground Control is that business. Greg’s passion for bicycling is a lifelong one, and supporting bicycle friendly initiatives around the nation fits with that passion to a “T.” He identified The Big Problem – substandard, insufficient and non-user friendly bicycle parking – standing in the way of creating true bicycle friendly environments.
Greg would love to take the Ground Control solution to every university campus, city and business as much as he would like to figure out the perfect gift for his amazing wife, which is yet another life-long goal.

Donn Van Dusen

Ground Control’s Lead Innovator

Ground Control co-owner and VP of enginnering Donn VanDusen operates in full throttle mode. Statistics show that fewer than 4% of people can highly function on 4 hours of sleep. As an engineer, teacher, innovator, master installer and lead sales agent, Donn is in that 4% and he makes use of every waking moment. He brings years of knowledge and engineering experience to the job, and that makes him a sought-out resource on major projects and within the industry. He maximizes every inch of space with the most orderly, high security and user friendly products in our industry. Donn lives every day to make an impact in our company. Donn is Ground Control.

Nancy Heffernan

Chief Communications Officer

Ground Control Systems believes that at the core of success stands clear, compelling communications that helps steer the ship and guide the crew. Nancy is the Comms Helm, directing that communication while dreaming up creative message campaigns and putting her writer’s touch on every element of the company’s communications. She also is an avid Star Trekker, which for some curious reason she chooses not to conceal. As a part owner in Ground Control Systems, Nancy works closely with Greg and Donn on strategic direction of the business, developing branding and marketing strategies infused with energy and enthusiasm. Nancy’s extensive experience makes her a valued asset at Ground Control Systems, bringing a background in journalism as a print reporter and editor and two decades working with an international PR firm to the table. Nancy is blindingly faithful to the San Francisco Giants and her three daughters…not necessarily in that order.

Nathan Carnahan

Ground Control’s #1 Chief Deputy

With the most positive disposition around, Nate is the #1 chief deputy and go-to guy in every business we operate. He handles everything from our trade shows to human resources to IT functions to sales connections. His ability to deftly handle multiple duties makes him the definition of Ground Control (next to Donn, of course). There is no job too big or too small for Nate, and he takes on tasks with contagious enthusiasm.

When he isn’t hard at work at the company he is usually sitting on the board of a non-profit, running an event, speaking at a conference or cheering his kids on at a sporting event. He loves to live life making the most of everything and simply making those around him happy.

Jennifer Baker

Ground Control's Sales & Marketing Genius

A funny thing happened when Jennifer Baker arrived at Ground Control… or should we say, everything started happening. With her gift of visual expression and marketing know-how, Jennifer brought campaigns to life with ridiculously impressive work ethic, innovation, and a good sense of humor. She developed her skills at the Expression college for Digital Arts in San Francisco and put them to work on movies like Fast and the Furious and Sisters. 

On top of her impressive design and video production background, her 10 years of customer service experience makes her a blazing marketing leader, pushing Ground Control Systems forward in the industry. When she is not hard at work creating, she is caring for her son and daughter and enjoying the snow and snowboarding whenever possible.

Brandon Lane

Ground Control’s Winning Team Officer

Brandon joined the Ground Control Systems team in 2016 after many years of service within the cycling community. In his previous position as the Marketing and Key Relationship Manager for Rack N Road (racknroad.com), he worked closely with cycling advocates/organizations and road-trip-adventurers. He brings his years of rack-related experience to Ground Control and is eager to meet new people within the advocacy and sustainability movement. Whenever he gets a chance, he escapes the confines of his fluorescent-lit office to explore the great outdoors…maybe you’ll run into him on the trail or on a remote mountain peak somewhere.

Michael Claudio

Ground Control’s Campus Planning Specialist

We knew it was the right fit when Michael showed up to Ground Control with both cycling chops and parking know-how. He spent the early days of his life as a bike messenger in Washington, D.C., darting around crazy cab drivers and locking his bike to whatever he could every time he delivered a package.

Michael sure appreciates a bicycle friendly environment with proper bike parking. He also knows a good bike… especially the four of his own.  When he isn’t busy making college campuses across the country bicycle friendly, Michael keeps busy as a Cat. 2 cyclist and personal trainer.

Elliot Layus

Ground Control’s Product & Space Engineer

Another great engineer that can make more great products? That’s Elliot, another brilliant addition to Ground Control. They say that an engineer can be a good businessman but a business man can’t be a good engineer. Elliot is the exception to that rule, because he is both. He not only helps bring innovate products to market but is an integral player in making sure that architects and contractors get more bikes parked per square foot. He’s the guy who saves owners thousands dollars in valued space while orchestrating the most orderly bike parking solutions around.

Shaun Pretzer

Ground Control’s Production Master

Who needs to worry about terms like ERP, MRP and other manufacturing jargon when you have Shaun? “We don’t need no stinkin’ advanced software module.” We knew we had the right guy for our team when after his job interview we all walked out feeling like we would be in good hands. His top-notch production skills are second to none and he is more organized than a librarian.

Shaun is the master of our product flow to make sure we deliver the products that make Ground Control the industry leader with on-time, top-quality product.

Maeli Enesa

Ground Control's Utility Player

Maeli is one of the most multi-talented team members in the company. A long-time rugby player, a football player, and an accomplished musician with his own label make Maeli a jack of all trades. He is our resident over-achiever. Did we mention he also has a degree in Accounting? Maeli, who can do whatever he sets his mind to, currently helps run our inside support teams. He not only is part of our sales force but he also works with AutoCad and is responsible for our technical drawings department. That’s where we layout customized bike parking plans that are delivered to contractors and architects.

When you’re looking for someone who exemplifies communication and collaboration, Maeli is our go-to guy.

James Van Dusen

Ground Control's On-Ground Support

James has been with Ground Control from the beginning, during the Park A Bike days. As one of the original members, James is a true student of the bicycle parking industry and a “chip off the old block,” being the son of our Lead Innovator Donn Van Dusen. James uses that experience to develop the next step forward for Ground Control Systems and acts as the team’s licensed installer and project specialist.

By day, James is busy around the office or on job sites looking for efficient solutions. By night, he is a father and manages to indulge in fly fishing and wake boarding whenever he can.

Jason Martel-Dye

Ground Control's Inside Sales Teammate

The outdoorsy world traveler of Ground Control Systems, Jason Martel-Dye has been to over 26 countries and is an avid cyclist specializing in cyclocross and getting muddy on the bike. When he’s not pedaling in the mountains, he’s either playing music, backpacking with his dog Jude, cross-training in lacrosse for the Peruvian National Team. Jason spent a year in the Netherlands studying Media and Marketing at Erasmus University, earned a B.A. in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University with an additional emphasis on studying nutrition.

His outgoing nature, team player attitude, and communications background makes Jason (and his dog Jude) a great addition to the Inside Sales Support for Ground Control. He impresses us all with the ability to plan ahead, go with the flow, and bring a new and interesting cycling outfit every day. 

Adam Sequest

Ground Control's Project Manager

Adam wakes up everyday thankful for the experience of life and the ability to make a positive impact on our world. As an avid rider, entrepreneur, and scientist, he fell naturally into project management with GCS. The perfect place to utilize a UC Davis Business Degree, full science curriculum, and 20 years of construction/contracting experience. Outside of the office or job-site you’ll find him in meditation or riding bikes and boards with his equally energetic wife and daughter. 

“My career with GCS is proof that dream jobs do exist. With a group of dynamic people, revolutionary products, and a whole lot of love, we strive to sustain mother earth one rack at a time!”