Bhutan Olympic Committee
The Bhutan Olympic Committee was created in November 1983. Bhutan participated for the first time in the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles wherein 6 Archers represented Bhutan in the Archery discipline. The Bhutan Olympic Committee is one of the 205 National Olympic Committees created by the Olympic Organization.
Director of USA Marketing and Development
Scott Keenan was one of the longest serving Race Directors of any U.S. Marathon. As president of the North Shore Striders, a running club in Duluth, Minnesota, Keenan planned the first Grandma’s Marathon in 1977 for a field of 150 runners. Under his direction, the 26.2-mile race has grown into the fourteenth largest in the nation – as of 2013. With the addition of a half marathon and 5K, Grandma’s Marathon weekend now draws more than 17,000 thousand runners. In addition to growing the number of participants and events in Grandma’s Marathon’s portfolio, Scott created a sponsorship program for the event and auxiliary programs that generated over $1.1 million of cash and in-kind products and service annually resulting in $25 million of sponsorship revenue during his tenure with the organization.
After retiring from Grandma’s Marathon in 2013, Scott began a new chapter as an independent consultant for races and nonprofits through his company – Scott Keenan Consulting, Inc. In an effort to reach out and help even more businesses thrive, Scott Keenan Consulting has partnered with Race IT, one of the fastest growing online registration and fundraising platforms in endurance sports, to provide multi-day, onsite consulting services to businesses across the globe.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Scott served in the Duluth Air National Guard from 1972 to 1977. He is a veteran runner who coached the men and women’s cross-country teams at the College of St. Scholastica from 1979 – 1990. Scott served on the Duluth City Council from 1992 – 1999, as well as president of the Duluth City Council in both 1995 and 1999. He also served as president of the Canal Park Business Association in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s non-profit certification program. Scott has served on numerous boards and commissions and is currently serving on the board and executive committee for Visit Duluth (Duluth’s Convention and Visitor Bureau). He and his wife, Carrie, reside in Duluth.
Director of International Development
Claire has an unquenchable thirst for adventure, travel and running. A life long recreational runner Claire has a true passion for the activity and the benefits it brings to her as an individual. Regardless of how busy, exhausted or challenged by the day ahead, Claire always finds time in gaining strength and personal time to reflect in the power and freedom of running.
With a career spanning agencies, production companies, art galleries, start-ups and industry press, Claire has established herself as a leading figure across Australia and Asia’s advertising industry. After starting her career at MTV, Claire launched Black Lab International, offering creative production solutions across television advertising, digital and branded content. Claire then joined McCann Worldgroup and led their in-house production company One Six Six, creating work for the entire client roster of McCann Erickson Australia. Her passion for production saw Claire launch CrewTube in her native Australia, providing a service to nurture and grow homegrown technical talent. After producing at some of Australia’s top production companies, Claire moved to Asia and had incredible success at Sudest Dongnam Productions in Vietnam and The Sweet Shop in Asia and The Middle East.
More recently Claire has honed her skill set to work in the humanitarian sector, firstly on the Nepal Earthquake Response followed by the Ebola Outbreak Response in West Africa, both with International Medical Corps. Claire also volunteers her time to Free The Bears, an international wildlife conservation and animal welfare organization in Asia.
Sister Marathon Peace Initiative snatched Claire up to bring her inspiration, skills and desire to share and help others to succeed through goodwill, peace and of course running.
Director of Technology
Anthony Glover is an accomplished designer and owner of Net+, a full service web design company located in the beautiful Japanese Alps city of Nagano, home to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Net+ is a full service design agency specializing in Japanese and English interactive media.
Anthony specializes in interactive design, multilingual design and usability testing. He holds a B.A. from Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria, Australia. His clients include some of Japan’s top companies and fashion brands. Anthony also provides consulting services for many of Japan’s top multilingual design and development studios. Outside of work, Anthony loves to climb the mountains surrounding his home in Nagano and regularly snowboards and travels.
Director of Marketing and Technology
Raised on a farm in Central Minnesota, Jon Thralow learned the value of hard work and honesty early. After finishing his degree in engineering, he joined his brother’s business, putting his knowledge of technology and statistics to work as director of marketing and technology for Thralow Inc.
Jon was responsible for building and marketing the family of websites that propelled Thralow Inc. to the top of the technological revolution. His track record of website stability was the buzz of the open source community, and strategic, statistics-based marketing got Thralow Inc. to a combined sales volume of $30,000,000 per year before the company was sold in 2006.
Jon lives in rural Wisconsin, and loves getting outside and enjoying all the benefits of country living with his wife and four children.