NATIONAL SALES TEAM
CJ Bown, Vice President
CJ’s great, great, great, grandfather founded a British shipbuilding company in 1852, so you could say this is probably CJ’s destiny. Introduced into rowing by his dad at an early age, CJ began rowing in high school during the summer of ’99. He went on to successfully row and coach at Marquette University.
In January of 2011, CJ realized that he didn’t want to wear pants to work every day so he dove into rowing full-time at one of the leading rowing manufacturers, where he sold boats through out the Mid-Atlantic. Finish Line offered a new opportunity for CJ to showcase his boat skills. Here CJ oversaw nationwide boat repairs and sales. Now at Rowers Choice, in addition to drinking a lot of coffee, CJ is excited to support his sales team across the US as they expand and grow.
Outside of rowing, CJ is married to Carrie and has two children, Henry and Zara, and from time to time is known to be seen photographing concerts around the midwest.
Mike Smith, SE Region Support
Mike started rowing in 1996 at Mercyhurst Prep and was recruited to row at Mercyhurst College. While rowing, he also began coaching and has accumulated over 16 years of coaching experience. Throughout his coaching career Mike has consistently brought teams to the SE Regional and SRAA National Championships, and has coached teams to medals at Florida State Championships and SRAA. Outside of rowing, Mike enjoys exploring the outdoors with his 11 year old son.
Frank Sands, Midwest Support
Frank has been rowing since the 1970s. He has more than 40 years of experience rowing and coaching at the highest levels. In 1990 he established North Catholic HS rowing and is still coaching the program. He has served on the board at Three Rivers Rowing and in 2008 started Cox'n Unlimited with his wife Cindy. Frank resides in Pittsburgh.
Dusan Nikolic, Mid Atlantic Region
Dusan started rowing in Serbia and earned a scholarship to row with University of Washington (class of 2005). Upon graduation, he started coaching programs of all ages and sizes. He currently coaches Whitman HS in Washington, DC and is an avid cyclist.
Mike Wallin, Coaching Support
Mike Wallin started his rowing career in 1996 as a freshman at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia PA. Mike went on to attend the University Of California at Berkeley on a rowing scholarship. While at Cal, Mike won 4 straight PAC-10 and IRA National Championships. He is now the program director at Chicago Rowing Foundation.