Happy New Year! My name is Gary Schwake, President & Co-Founder of Virtual Race Bags. I am running for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors for Running USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the status and experience of distance running and racing in the United States.
If you are a member of Running USA, I would appreciate your support by including me as one of your votes for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors.
My friend and business partner Chris and I started Virtual Race Bags as a result of our experience participating in, producing and sponsoring events. We have been involved in the event / endurance industry in various capacities for more than a decade. We work directly with events of all sizes, from ultra runs with 150 participants to large, national events with more than 50,000. We understand the unique needs of event organizers across the spectrum. We also work with National, Regional and Local brands that seek to reach event participants through sponsorship and other special programs.
Prior to Virtual Race Bags, I worked at Wells Fargo (Wachovia) for 10 years, predominantly in the Media & Communications Investment Banking Group. I was fortunate enough to work during the rise of digital, giving me the opportunity to observe how this transformation was impacting large public companies, small private companies, private equity and venture capital groups. I believe this experience will help me bring a broad, pragmatic perspective to Running USA.
I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the Annual Conference in San Diego.