After a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, John sold his business in 2007 to relocate from South Africa to the USA. When John's son, Brett, (a partner in Gallo and Spence Toys), pointed out a huge gap in the USA toy market for a ride-on product for toddlers, John was very excited by the opportunity.
He joined forces with Brett and Frank del Gallo (the toy designer and technical expert) to form Gallo and Spence Toys. The first product of the fledgling toy company is the Piki Piki Bike, a unique, fun, easy to use, ride-on for children 18 months and older (up to 70 lbs.). With Frank handling the design and technical issues, John and Brett handle all the other aspects of this fledgling business.
John is 67 years old and holds 2 degrees: he is a pharmacist and also has a business degree. He has been married to Dianne for over 40 years.
Brett & Tamsin
Brett (38) and Tamsin (36) moved to Austin, Texas from South Africa in February 2010.In South Africa, Brett and Tamsin were both in the technology industry – Brett as a respected programmer implementing IT systems for major companies and Tamsin as a highly successful project manager. They are the parents of three beautiful children – Megan (7), John (4) and Michael (2).
Brett and Tamsin’s intense desire is to provide the best for their family, and the Piki Piki bike was born out of this desire, aimed at providing healthy fun for the children and also helping improve their gross motor coordination. In their limited spare time, Brett and Tamsin are fitness enthusiasts, participating in Crossfit and weight lifting on a regular basis. The whole family enjoys being active in sports and spending time together outdoors.
Hi! My name is Frank. I have an amazing wife and two awesome, beautiful baby girls. I also have a passion for design and prototyping, with 15 years of experience in CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Machining). Despite being "grown up", I still play with toys (going through a quadcopter phase at the moment) and I don’t think I’ll ever give up being a kid at heart.
I've always loved to see children having fun. Their laughter and smiles are among the most valuable memories in life. That’s why I challenge the designs I create to not only be functional, but also pleasing to the eye. A first impression should be more than just "cool". It should be "cooooooool!" My role is to bring our family’s ideas to life with prototypes, test them thoroughly before we manufacture, and make sure that we have "coooool" and safe products.
The Piki Piki Bike is a great success on both accounts and we will continue to look for that same reaction with all our future products, making sure they are safe, fun and durable.