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Plain Dealer: Brain Gain

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer edition of Monday, August 15, 2005:

BRAIN GAIN

A newcomer's story

Name: Kevin Madzia

Age: 40

Occupation: Information Technology Coordinator for Century Cycles, a local enterprise that sells bikes at its four area stores and online at www.centurycycles.com.

From: Originally from the small eastern Ohio town of Adena, which is near Steubenville. Most recently lived in Pittsburgh for almost 20 years, working in a variety of IT jobs.

Lives in: Chagrin Falls

Best part about NEO: "The Metroparks. You can do a lot of hiking and biking there."

Least favorite: The fact that everything is so spread out. "Maybe it's just where I live, but it takes me 45 minutes to get across town."

What he'd change: "More mountain bike trails. That's one thing Pittsburgh has over Cleveland."

Why he's here: Madzia, an avid cyclist, met Century co-owner Lois Moss last year on a cross-country bike ride from Seattle to Boston. He was looking for a new job; she was looking for an IT guy. "I thought it was a good fit," Madzia said.


Forget brain drain -- Business-Monday wants to spotlight brain gain! If you've recently moved to Northeast Ohio, drop us a line at bizmon@plaind.com or 1801 Superior Ave., Cleveland 44114. For resources for newcomers, visit www.cleveland.com/youngprofessionals.