Michael Clemons

Owner, Louisville Running Co

Michael Clemons (he/him) has over 10 years of industry experience working running events around the country. Along with owning and operating his own race management company, the Louisville Running Company, he has worked operations for many US road races including the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Chicago Marathon (where he currently serves as Finish Line Manager), New York City Marathon, Houston Marathon, and the US Marathon Olympic Team Trials. Michael is also a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Louisville, studying Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with a concentration in Sport Administration. His research focus is on the running industry, focusing on why people run, why running organizations and events do what they do, and how the industry can be more inclusive to all.

Donna Finney

Director, Volunteer Operations, NYRR

Donna Finney is the Director, Volunteer Operations at New York Road Runners with over 10 years experience in managing volunteer programs in the US, including Ronald McDonald House of New York, United Services Organization and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Quoted for her work in volunteer management best practice in the Volunteer Management Journal; Donna specializes in volunteer recruitment and appreciation and uses that experience and passion for volunteerism in supporting the future volunteer leaders of the running industry. Donna is an active volunteer herself in the NYC area with several organizations; a runner with a local team and continues to chase the Boston unicorn.

Michael Iser

Vice President and Practice Leader, Associated Agencies

Since 1977, Michael has served as a Vice President of Associated Insurance and Risk Management Advisors. Areas of specialty include nonprofit organizations, religious institutions, retail jewelers, and personal risk management. Michael started the Race and Special Events Practice Group in 2013; providing education, consultation services and developing insurance programs for events of all sizes, from World Marathon Events to local 5K’s. A graduate of Drake University, Michael works with his clients to build a shared vision of their business.

Chris Joffe

Founder & CEO, Joffe Emergency Services

Chris Joffe is the Founder and CEO of Joffe Emergency Services, a company wholly dedicated to – and leader in – school safety programs, event safety, and emergency preparedness.

Chris has spent his career dedicated to making the world safer, and over the past decade, he and his team have worked with thousands of schools and events across the country to provide training, consultation, and support.

Chris studied paramedicine at UCLA and earned his Master’s in Technology, Business, and Integrated Design at the University of Southern California (USC). Chris stays sane by running marathons and enjoys reading, horseback riding, and aviation.

Tina Muir

Founder and CEO, Running For Real

Tina Muir is the founder and CEO of Running for Real, host of the award-winning podcast of the same name and co-host of Running Realized, a mother of two, and a former elite runner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An ardent environmentalist, she has worked with the United Nations and the New York and Chicago marathons on sustainability initiatives. Tina was the first elite athlete to openly discuss having amenorrhea and has become an advocate for others suffering from RED-S. Tina’s second book, Becoming a Sustainable Runner will be published in August, 2023, coauthored with Zoe Rom.

Photo credit: Hannan Abdikadir

Meghan Najera

Co-Owner, RunFAR Racing Services

Meghan serves as Co-Owner of RunFAR Racing Services, Inc., based in Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. RunFAR is a full-service timing, and results company managing data and finish lines for over 200 events annually in and outside of Texas. Alongside her husband, Raul, Meghan leads the production side of RunFAR. She works with the largest events in Texas and surrounding states. Meghan has been an integral part of expanding RunFAR’s portfolio of customers and building partnerships. In addition, Meghan serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Taya and Chris Kyle Family – Service Marriage Strong Foundation. The Foundation supports the Service Marriage through impactful, researched-backed programs. Meghan holds a Master’s in Accounting from Baylor University and began her career in special events, sponsorship, and later in new business growth for non-profits. Her passion for the endurance industry and non-profits has been life-long, first as a swimmer and volunteer and now as a marathoner and COO. Her focus has evolved into the growth of the running industry by supporting our youngest runner with kids events up through middle and high school cross country and encouraging all non-profits to recognize the impact they have for generations. In addition, Meghan strongly believes successful events are as strong as their weakest vendor relationship. She resides in Mansfield, Texas, with her husband, Raul, and two kids.

Matt Stone

Product Manager, TeamSnap

Matt brings over 15 years of experience in the endurance industry working in a variety of roles and organizations. Matt’s background is anchored in over 10 years in Olympic and Paralympic sports before moving into the sports technology sector. Matt also has experience as an endurance athlete and as event manager and timer when he owned and operated a local timing company in the Midwest.