In a surprise announcement a few minutes ago, John Parham has informed the industry that he and his wife Jill are retiring as President and Vice-President of J&P Cycles. Comfortable that J&P Cycles is operating on a sound business foundation with a solid management team in place, John Parham can now dedicate more of his time to his two greatest passions, his family and the National Motorcycle Museum. Son Zach Parham has been named VP and General Manager to head the team of professionals his parents built and to assume the day-to-day management of J&P Cycles. John will also continue to serve J&P as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors.
Started 32 years ago as a swap meet vendor from the back of the family’s Ford van, J&P Cycles has grown into one of the largest motorcycle parts and accessories retailers in the world. “I am so thankful for the opportunity to create and be part of the team that managed this business through all these years. Jill and I have met a lot of great people who have helped us overcome the challenges we faced along the way.” says John. “We are so thankful for all our loyal customers, suppliers and friends who have supported us over the past three decades. Together we have created a wonderful success story that would make anyone proud.” added Parham.
The next chapter of this success story calls for John and Jill to attend future motorcycle rallies and trade shows, as well as the annual J&P Cycles Open House. Last year, John moved the National Motorcycle Museum to a larger facility in Anamosa, Iowa. The new building displays 325 motorcycles and collectibles in a world class setting and in the manner they deserve. J&P Cycles will continue to support the museum through the annual raffle bike fundraiser and various other promotions.