about us

Terry Gwinnup

Terry Gwinnup, President

Terry is a true American success story. Growing up in the small Indiana town of Milroy, Terry went to work in the local paper mill. But the dream of being his own boss drove him to work nights for a paycheck and start a business during the day. The first venture was lawn care. Taking a bit of a risk, and against the advice of some around him, he bought a mower that could handle the volume of work. Hard work opened the door to quit the night job and go full time chasing a dream. Lawn care led to environmental restoration, and that's when things took off. 10 long years of growing Gwinnup's Restoration allowed him to not only take care of his family, but to expand into other areas. As an owner of three businesses in Rush County and with the goal of giving back to the community, Terry Gwinnup is an American success story. STS is very proud of our CEO and all of us are honored to join him in chasing this dream of making the best bike we can.

Andy Kirchoff, CEO

Andy found his love of the bicycle as a kid building ramps and jumping his bike in the church parking lot. With the drama of the 1989 Tour de France, his love of cycling turned into daily rides through the Ohio countryside. Andy has a life of varied experience to lead him to STS Bikes. From event planning to golf pro to 10 years in the financial world it has been a journey. It's all been the quest to help people make their lives better. Educated at Ball State University, he has spent of 25 years leading people. These days Andy will tell anyone, STS is a dream come true.

"There's nothing like being on a bicycle." AK

Steve Hershberger, The Brains

Steve is a serial entrepreneur with experience across a number of industries from technology to manufacturing to consumer goods. Prior to his stint at STS, he has worked at Apple, started and scaled several breweries, run an outdoor apparel company and ran a tech firm where he was awarded 10 Internet of Things patents. So you might say Steve has seen a little bit of everything. He is a passionate rider who focuses his competition efforts on gravel endurance races and events. While rarely in podium contention, he focuses his efforts on simply achieving personal bests. Steve believes that the experience is everything and channels this belief into the products that STS makes, as well as the company’s mission. The experience is driven by the details of what the company does. We do not sell bikes but instead provide a platform for exploration and experience. Steve believes that individuals can leverage our products and platform to explore themselves by challenging status quo and personal boundaries as well as exploring the world around them.

Kait Gwinnup, COO

Kait grew up in rural Decatur County, Indiana. She graduated North Decatur high school and then continued her education and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a minor in Materials Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. During her time in college she gained engineering experience with two companies; Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, and Barnes Aerospace. Kait worked in Process Engineering, Design Engineering, and Maintenance Engineering during her time at these companies, gaining knowledge and overcoming challenges along the way. She is driven and strives to ensure customer satisfaction and comfort on a daily basis. Kait has brought and continues to bring knowledge and skill from design classes and work experience into STS and finds extreme satisfaction in designing and perfecting each and every bicycle that leaves our facility. Today, Kait is a proud member of both the Gwinnup and the STS Family.

David Jessup, Sales and Marketing

STS is building upon its success by expanding its offering  of American-made steel gravel bikes in Michigan.  David Jessup has joined the STS family as our sales representative in the Great Lakes State, as we seek to introduce our hand-crafted cycles to the growing Michigan gravel race scene.  Jessup brings vast experience in communications, fundraising and grassroots organization from a career of over 20 years in the political arena.  In 2020, Jessup left politics to pursue his personal passion of cycling, working in sales at Trek Bicycle Co.

A lifelong athlete, Jessup competed as an NCAA Div. 2 golfer for Hillsdale College, is an avid downhill skier and an outdoor enthusiast who has a passion for the variety of outdoor pursuits his home state of Michigan has to offer.

Enthusiasm marks Jessup’s partnership with STS bicycles, combining his love for American-made small business products and gravel racing.  Jessup will be competing in the Michigan Gravel Race Series in 2023 on the STS Grvl KLR and will be visiting shops around Michigan and Northern Indiana to discuss the exciting products being manufactured by STS Bicycles.

Brett VanNatta, Fabricator and Assembly

Brett is Rush County born and raised. He graduated Rushville Consolidated High School and went on to attend Hobart Institute of Welding Technology. When asked to provide a bio, his response was "Nah, I'm good"