Meet the Team

Blazing Saddles is proud to have been an integral part of the San Francisco community for over thirty years. Over time we have expanded into beautiful New York City, too. The owners, Jeff and Helena Sears, continue to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, even as they have developed a strong management team. Meet our team below! 

Team Bios

Jeff & Helena
Jeff and Helena Sears
Owners
Bruno Wanderley
Senior Vice President, Operations
Annelaine Clauss
Vice President
Lauren Sailor
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Mat Huckabee
Operations Manager
Michael Young
Operations Manager
Lucas Crawford
Operations Manager
Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith
Operations Manager
Maria
Maria Gamueda
Multiple Location Manager
Jeff & Helena
Jeff and Helena Sears
Owners

Jeff and Helena married soon after they met in 1982 and pedaled happily ever after. They kicked off their careers as pedicab drivers that very same year, which would eventually develop into a full-fledged bicycle business endeavor. Jeff is active with the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce. Helena rides her bike to work from their home in Marin County, and is the founder of the Happy Biker clothing line. Jeff and Helena recently became grandparents and they enjoy spending free time with all generations of their family!

Bruno Wanderley
Senior Vice President, Operations

Bruno has been with the company since 2001 and has truly experienced every aspect of what it means to be a Blazer! What started out as a summer job quickly became a passion and a career, and Bruno now oversees operations at all seven of our San Francisco locations as well as administrative operations in New York and Monterey.

Annelaine Clauss
Vice President

Annelaine joined the company in 2011 and brought with her both operational and human resources experience from the hospitality and retail business sectors. Most recently Annelaine had her own consulting business where she worked closely with small and medium-sized business owners creating foundations and protocols to support their growing business needs.

Lauren Sailor
Marketing & Events Coordinator

Most visitors arrive to San Francisco by plane or car, but Lauren made her entrance by cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of a cross-country tour with Bike & Build in 2007. As many visitors do, she left her heart in San Francisco, ultimately relocating to “the Best Coast” and joining the Blazing Saddles team in 2011. Her favorite part of her job is planning custom routes for private group tours.

Mat Huckabee
Operations Manager

Born and raised in Northern California, Mat began his career at Blazing Saddles in the summer of 2011 running our location in Monterey, California. He has since relocated to San Francisco and now oversees day to day operations of our seven locations in San Francisco. As a former BMX racer, Mat has a passion for cycling and enjoys sharing that dedication to all of our customers who add biking the Bridge to their trip in San Francisco!

Michael Young
Operations Manager

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Mikey joined our San Francisco team in 2008. He is now the Back of House Operations Manager at our busiest San Francisco location. When Mikey isn’t building up a well-trained, bike attendant staff or managing our company’s fleet, he can be found biking throughout the many city routes and off road trails in the Bay Area.

Lucas Crawford
Operations Manager

As Jeff and Helena’s nephew, Lucas unofficially started his Blazer career at age 14! Lucas has now been with the company since 2008 in a professional capacity and manages day-to-day operations for all seven of our San Francisco locations. He makes sure our bikes are in tip-top shape and our guests receive the best customer service in the Wharf. On his days off, Lucas is biking one of the many off-road trails in Marin or spending time with his family and friends.

Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith
Operations Manager

Starting in the summer of 2014, Stephanie has been sharing her love of the Bay Area with customers from across the globe. She started behind the counter and quickly worked her way up to the management team. She now oversees administrative operations from our busiest location! From scheduling to quality assurance to customer service, this California native does it all. Stephanie is our go-to, our rock. When she’s not training our staff or taking excellent care of our guests, she can be found hiking the Bay Area with her family and gorgeous baby girl!

Maria
Maria Gamueda
Multiple Location Manager

If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting one of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives in San Francisco, chances are Maria trained them. Born in the Philippines and raised in the Bay Area, Maria has been helping manage and train our staff since early 2015. Her skills in multitasking and customer service make Maria an incredibly valuable asset to our team. Seriously, we don’t know what we’d do without her! In her free time, Maria takes on surfing, skydiving and any other extreme sport that gets her adrenaline pumping.