I have 7 years Bicycle industry experience and a proven track record, delivering unparalleled service and attention to detail. My skills will offer your customers an enhanced user experience, creating brand champions and guaranteeing you success. What's your challenge?

Work Samples

  • Custom Racing Bikes - Tokai

  • Custom Racing Bikes - At Work

  • Polyhedra - Haldane Martin

Work History

  • Owner - Custom Racing Bikes

    • Custom Racing Bikes / Bike Carrier Systems
    • Cape Town, South Africa
    • Jan 2012 - Present (2 years 11 months)

    As a freelance designer I search endlessly for cool new technologies, product concepts, while reading mountains of literature on marketing and business thinking. I am constantly analysing new trends trying to predict future ones, to be the first to find the gap. I convert customers concept sketches into 3D models ready for rapid prototyping. Give design input and manufacturing advice.Freelancing leaves me the time to pursue my greatest love, bicycles... I fix them, ride them and make them as often and as much as I can.

  • Technical Manager - Trek and Bontrager - South Africa

    In this position I will be worked with a great brand and company and made the Trek name in South Africa awesome.
    My role includes:

    - Trek Rider's Club Events Management
    - Warranty Management
    - Technical Training of Bicycle Shop Mechanics and Salesmen
    - Workshop Management
    - Demo Fleet Management
    - Marketing and Database Collection

  • Junior Designer

    • Haldane Martin
    • Cape Town, South Africa
    • Jun 2008 - Jul 2011 (3 years 1 month)

    Working with Haldane Martin was always inspiring. Whether designing and refining the R160 000, laser synthesized, polyhedra table or R50 000, cnc bent, Babapapa chaise lounge, we always strove to push the boundaries of what is possible.

  • Team Manager

    • Root Design Studio SA
    • Cape Town, South Africa
    • Feb 2011 - Jun 2011 (4 months)

    As the team manager of RDS, a 6 month start up company, I was tasked with coordinating the groups movements: meetings with supplier, manufacturers, test groups, design session and creating the schedule for work flow. Assisted in the design of the team's products and ran the accounts for the team, making sure that we made the prescribed profit in the allocated time frame.

  • Professional Bicycle Mechanic and Salesman

    • Action Cycling
    • Cape Town, South Africa
    • Jun 2006 - Dec 2007 (1 year 6 months)

    This was my first ever real job, and I would with the two most awesome guys ever.
    We all pitched in from maintenance to sales and everything in between.

Education

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology - CPUT

    • Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) - Industrial/Product Design
    • 2011 - 2011

    Johan van Niekerk, B-Tech lecturer, confirms that Calvin Botha obtained a Degree in Industrial Design with an aggregate of 74%, consistently ranking in the top 5%. Calvin is an expert, proficient in all areas of Industrial Design. The work produced throughout his 4 years was done in a meticulous manner and the quality was consistently finished to the highest standards. Over and above his technical skills Calvin was an exemplary student. His personal demeanour was always calm and collected, engaging courteously even in challenging situations. He completed his tasks timorously, in 4 years he never handed in late. I would happily recommend Calvin as I would consider him to be a valuable member and asset to any team, who consistently achieved top class results and delivers above all expectations. Yours faithfully, Johan van Niekerk vanniekerkj@cput.ac.za

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology - CPUT

    • Nation Diploma (N Dip.) - Industrial Design
    • 2008 - 2010

    Distinction in Business Studies.

  • South African College Schools - SACS

    • Grade 12 - University Exemption - Maths, Science, English, Afrikaans, Art, Geography
    • 2001 - 2005

Specialties

Affiliations

Trek, Haldane Martin Studio, Protoform, The Bicycle Company, CO Designs

Awards

Emerging Creatives Finalist, 2014, Cape Town Design Indaba - Emerging Creatives Exhibition, 2014, Cape Town Design Indaba - Pimp my Ride, March 2013, VISI Magazine

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