Bonner’s CoasterCycles adds former assistant Commerce secretary, former Disney exec to advisory board

CoasterCycles has picked up two high-powered CEOs to serve on its strategic advisory board to help advance the company’s sustainability initiatives and grow the Coaster business in the United States and abroad, the company announced Tuesday.

Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and John Kim, formerly of The Walt Disney Company, will join the board of CoasterCycles, which operates a 24,000-square-foot production plant in Bonner.

Lamb-Hale is managing director at Kroll Associates Inc. Kim is former CSR, ESG and social impact manager for The Walt Disney Company. 

The company manufactures eco-friendly mobility products that provide transportation, delivery and branding services.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Ben Morris, Coaster founder and CEO, said: “Needless to say, we are thrilled that Nicole and John signed on. As a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Nicole brings a wealth of leadership and expertise, while John’s tenure at Disney representing one of the biggest brands in the world leaves us feeling incredibly humbled.”  

“I’m so proud to be associated with a company manufacturing American made, eco-friendly transportation solutions for customers at home and abroad,” said Lamb-Hale in a written statement.

Coaster’s portfolio boasts a mix of public and private sector clients, including Aramark, Nestle, Pepsi, University of Montana, Lime and Uber. 

Coaster Cycles offers two size options. Models can be configured to serve a variety of functions, such as delivering food and packages, pouring coffee or beer — and servicing scooter and bike-share operations.  

Coaster Cycles operate in the bike lane, can access areas cars cannot and do not require a driver’s license. Designers can outfit the mobility cycles with various integrated technology features, such as Coaster Performance and e-assist.  

“Coaster provides exciting solutions for the growing number of companies and brands that want to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Kim. “Coaster has been providing eco-friendly transportation for over a decade and I am very excited to help the company expand its sustainability efforts.”

Others on the advisory board include Gabe Klein, former commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Washington, DC Department of Transportation and venture partner at Frontinalis Partners; Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, co-founders of Peadpod; Katherine Allen, angel investor; and Harlan Platt, Northeastern University professor.