Hermes was founded in 1981 and has built a reputation as Northeast Ohio's premier race management group. Throughout the Greater Cleveland and Columbus areas, Hermes has produced and managed programs on behalf of the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Browns, FOX Sports Net, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Cleveland and across the country. Additionally, as the event manager of the 1999 AAU Junior Olympic Games, Hermes oversaw more than 25 events at over 40 different venues throughout Northeast Ohio.
Hermes is named for the winged-footed messenger god of classical mythology.
We are a company that emphasizes teamwork- the link between event sponsors and participants. That's just part of the "Home Team Advantage": Hermes commitment to Northeast Ohio's athletes, organizations and business community.
Neal Neroni is president of Hermes and has been a partner with the organization since 1993. Neroni has worked on hundreds of events in the Northern Ohio area since his graduation from Bowling Green state University in 1988. He began his sports management career as an intern for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Later, he joined the Cleveland Indians as an account executive. From 1989 to 1993, he worked in sports and operations for the Ohio Sports Festival, which was the first statewide amateur sports "State Games" in Ohio, assuming the director's position in 1991. From 1993 until 1999, he was the director of Sports and Operations for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, helping to bring several events to the city and guiding their management.
Nick Swingos is the finance manager at Hermes handling all accounting for the company. He is responsible for the company's technological advancements, computerized chip timing, and websites and also heads up the division responsible for managing a dozen Susan G. Komen Race for the Cures across the country which raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Nick is a graduate of Miami University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance. Outside of Hermes, Nick enjoys soccer, skiing, playing poker and will also be climbing Mount Whitney (14,505ft) in August.
Gary, along with Rich Lawhun, started Hermes Race Systems in 1981. At that time, the first race of the organization was the First Turkey Trot which was held in the Metroparks and had 600 runners. He was President of the Cleveland West Roadrunners from 1979-1981, and President of the Athletic Congress in 1984. Gary was Chairman of the Long Distance Running Division of the Athletic Congress from 1982-1984. He has completed 22 marathons, and is married with two children.
Rich, along with Gary Easter, started Hermes Race Systems in 1981. Lawhun now serves as Hermes Logistics Manager and handles all race course management. He also travels around the country working with the Race for the Cure series to raise money for breast cancer research. Lawhun graduated from Ohio University where he ran track and cross country. Prior to Hermes, Lawhun coached cross country at St. Joes Academy and completed 10 marathons.
Joe is responsible for sponsorship sales and new business development for Hermes Sports & Events. Prior to Hermes, Joe started his career in 1981 and held a number of sales and management positions in the advertising division of The Plain Dealer. His responsibilities included developing strategic plans, product improvement / development, co-promotion, association partnerships, sales, and support staff. Joe is a graduate of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
Kyle is our Database Specialist and Timing Technician for Hermes as well as all financial management for the Race for the Cure series. Wilson joined the Hermes Team in 2008. A graduate of Bowling Green State University where he played 4 years of club hockey while leading his team in scoring. Wilson earned a degree in Sports Management and Recreation and is also a proud two-time dodgeball intramural champion at BGSU. Kyle is a huge sports enthusiast and will dominate any sport he plays; there is not a sport he will say no to playing and his competitiveness will take over. Wilson enjoys any activity that shows his athleticism and always loves a good debate on why hockey is the toughest sport in the world.
Matt works as one or our Race Managers. Before joining Hermes in 2010, Matt served as intern for Hermes Sports & Events. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a B.A. in Communications.
Adam is one of our Race Managers. Prior to joining Hermes in 2013, he interned in the sports department at Fox 8 Cleveland. He was also an event coordinator at Hawk’s Cay Resort in Marathon, Florida and most recently a project manager at Gallagher Benefit Services here in Cleveland. Adam graduated from Mount Union College with a B.A. in Sport Management in 2004. In his free time, Adam enjoys music of all kinds, record shopping, craft beer, running (roads and trails) and movies. His favorite area to visit is the Pacific Northwest.
Karen joined Hermes full time as a Race Manager in 2016 after working as weekend staff since 2010.
Prior to Hermes she worked in sales and in retail banking. Karen is a devoted runner with over 25 years participating in races ranging from 5Ks to marathons, including her most recent, the 2016 Chicago Marathon. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with degrees in English Literature and Political Science.
Dominic manages the Akron Corporate Challenge. Prior to stepping into this role, Dom interned with Hermes Sports & Events as a Corporate Challenge Assistant in 2015. Dom’s prior sports experience includes working at the youth, high school, collegiate, professional, and recreational levels of sport, in various directing, operating, and supervisory roles, notably Riverside High School, Marietta College, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Hermes Sports & Events. Dom graduated from Marietta College with a B.A. in Sport Management in 2015.
Amanda joins the Hermes team as a race manager with a diverse background including event planning, office management, and almost 30 years of sport and fitness participation. Amanda also plays a role in Hermes’ social media structure, frequently manning the Hermes Facebook, Twitter (@hermescleveland) and Instagram (@hermescle) accounts. As an avid runner and fitness blogger, you may see Amanda at Hermes races even on her days off as she participates in races all over the Midwest! She also enjoys crafting, trivia contests, art history, and advanced strategy gaming.
Steve joins the Hermes team as a Race Manager in 2017. Prior to working with Hermes, he interned at various places including; Slippery Rock University, Crestwood High School, Cleveland Velodrome, and most recently the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. Steve graduated from Slippery Rock University with a major in Sport Management and a minor in Communications. In his free time, Steve enjoys running, hiking, mountain biking, going to concerts, watching Netflix, and drinking craft beer.
Haleigh joins the Hermes team as one of our Race Managers. She graduated from Ohio University in 2016 with degrees in Sport Management and Communications. During her time at Ohio, she was on the Swimming and Diving team and worked as a Marketing Associate for Ohio Athletics. Prior to joining Hermes, she worked as an Event Coordinator for Alliance Sport Marketing. Along with athletics, Haleigh enjoys traveling, Game of Thrones, and going on craft brewery tours.
Patrick graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2014 where he majored in Sport Business and Human Resources. While at Mount Union, he was a member of the tennis team and was a student coordinator for Preview and Orientation. Prior to joining the Hermes staff, he did seasonal positons at four ATP/WTA events and worked for USTA South Carolina. Patrick enjoys playing tennis, listening to music and travelling around the country to see his favorite tennis players.