Hermes was founded in 1981 and has built a reputation as Northeast Ohio's premier sport & event management company.  Throughout the Northeast Ohio, Hermes produces and manages programs on behalf of hundreds of local and national businesses and organizations.  Hermes also manages Susan G. Komen for the Cure races including those in Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Knoxville, West Palm Beach, Chicago, and North Carolina.  Additionally, Hermes operates the Corporate Challenge in Cleveland and Akron.  This health and wellness, business, networking, team building and charitable initiative promotes camaraderie, pride and fitness among employees and organizations in the area.  Hermes Sports and Social provides the highest quality sports leagues, tournaments and social events in Greater Cleveland.

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
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
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 Easter
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 Lawhun
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 Neroni
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.

Matt Peters
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 Petrovic
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 Hentemann
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 Tremaglio
Dominic manages the Cleveland Corporate Challenge, the Akron Corporate Challenge, and the Hermes Sport & Social divisions of our company. 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.

Haleigh Bartlett
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 Yackmack
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.