Ryan Lamppa, Founder & CEO
For more than 30 years, Ryan has been involved in track & field and distance running as an athlete, coach, researcher, record keeper, resource and media consultant. In 1996, he started EventPRO, a media & marketing company offering the industry’s most extensive institutional knowledge base. EventPRO has worked and consulted with leading international, national and local organizations & companies in the endurance sports industry providing its clients one-of-a-kind research and off- and on-site media operational support, quality control and guidance as well as Big Picture, branding & marketing strategy and crisis management.
He is also one of the founders of Running USA and Team Running USA, a successful distance running training group led by 2004 Olympic Marathon silver and bronze medalists Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor that helped produce the U.S. distance running resurgence since 2001. In 2010, Ryan was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions as its youngest member.
In March 1999, Ryan created the Running USA wire, a news & information service for the organization & its members and the sport. The wire reached more than 1,000 media sources twice a week and was used & cited regularly by the print media, websites and other major outlets.
In January 2012, EventPRO launched Bring Back the Mile, a highly-engaged worldwide campaign to elevate & celebrate the return of the storied distance to prominence on the sports & cultural landscape.
The Minnesota native, a 4-time State track champion and all-time 440yd state record holder, earned a B.A. in History from Harvard in 1981 and has called Santa Barbara "home" since 1985. Ryan has also been inducted into Benson High School Hall of Fame (2016, inaugural class).
David Monico, Chief Marketing Officer
Over the last ten years, David has set out on a career path centered on community building and well-being. He began his career in New York City to work for an international non-profit, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE / USA), assisting the implementation of policy research studies and corporate philanthropic programs including developing an online campaign netting over $3.6 million in donations for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
He returned to Santa Barbara in 2009 to join the Plus3.com team, an online social network that combines the unique strengths and benefits of physical activity with the social power of philanthropy further combining his two passions in community building and empowering personal well-being.
In 2011, he joined EventPRO as the Marketing Director for Bring Back the Mile, a national campaign to return the iconic distance to prominence on the American sports and cultural landscape.
A Silicon Valley native, David graduated from UC-Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Global Studies and Organizational Communication in 2004 and currently resides in Santa Barbara with his family.