Our Story

About our Name Change

Park A Bike Is What We Do. Ground Control is How We Do It.

We realized we were saying this more and more when describing our company and our unparalleled approach to providing bicycle and board friendly parking solutions. Questions like How can we park more bikes in less space? and How do I know which bike racks will fit us best? were common.

Our answer was always that our service is more than simply parking a bike. Much more, in fact. It's about planning and making the best use of space. It's offering a high level of security. It's about user friendly and thoughtfully designed solutions that meet a customer's specific needs. And it's the answer to the question, How do I make best bike and board parking choice that adds the best value to my project?

Our new name, Ground Control Systems™, puts it best. While our former name Park A Bike was a fitting description for the end product of producing great bike racks and docks, Ground Control speaks to the power each buyer has to take control of valuable real estate and make it work for decades, not just a few years. We’ve learned that the right parking system is not about the cost of a rack, but about your project investment in a lifetime parking solution.

Our approach offers more than just the end product. We consider the big picture for bike and board parking systems that riders want to use. Because we start at the site visit, do the CAD drawings, meet and talk with architects and influencers, we are truly offering solutions that both fit and last. We take into consideration your density needs and show you how making the right parking system choice saves you money in the long run. Plus, ours are sustainable solutions that not only meet but beat parking guidelines, year after year.

This is Ground Control Systems™. We are 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.

LEADERSHIP

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.

Dominique Mook

Ground Control’s Designer of Perfection

They say that a good left-brain project manager can’t be a great creative artist. Whatever! She is confident beyond her years with her ability to turn conceptual brainstorms into well-organized, dynamic marketing and design enterprises for Ground Control Systems.

Fueled by boundless creative energy and a detail-oriented nature, Dominique sees new projects as personal growth opportunities she throws herself into completely. She is constantly improving and hunting for inspiration to finally reach her life goal of becoming The Indisputable #1 Best Graphic Designer, Marketing Guru, and Artist of All Time in Every Universe Forever and Ever.

When she’s not trying to conquer the creative world, she spends her free time with loved ones and playing an unhealthy amount of video games.

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.

Katie Knofler

Ground Control's Organizational Enforcer
Every strong business has one obsessive personality managing the day-to-day operations, keeping structure and order with some impressive zeal. For Ground Control, that person is Katie. Katie joined Ground Control in 2016 after several years in the customer service industry, where she mastered the art of customer care, operational routines, and gained a keen eye for organizational details. Identifying areas of improvement and implementing new strategies to build a smoother, user-friendly process is one of her specialties. 
 
When Katie is not busy keeping the team organized and up to scratch, you can find her reaching for inner-peace in yoga class and searching for the next travel destination. A true MINI Cooper enthusiast, Katie is always on the hunt for the twistiest roads to cruise down with her fellow “MINIacs.”

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.