The Houston Marathon Committee Announces New Board of Directors
Community Leaders with diverse professional backgrounds comprise BOD as HMC prepares for 51st edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Weekend of Events Jan. 13-15, 2023
Houston (July 25th, 2022) – The Houston Marathon Committee announced today the addition of new members Tracey Anthony, Melissa Hahn, and Shannon Truman to its Board of Directors effective immediately.
“We are proud to announce and welcome Tracey, Melissa, and Shannon to the HMC Board of Directors,” said HMC Board President Brant Kotch. “Our goal is to comprise a board of professionally diverse individuals who provide our organization with new perspectives and are passionate about delivering an event that is a point of pride for the community and benefits the City of Houston in many ways. Coming off an overwhelmingly successful 50th anniversary celebration in January, we believe this leadership team is ideal to lead the HMC into our next 50 years.”
The three new board members were identified and nominated by a selection committee and voted in by the seven current HMC Board of Directors: President Kotch, Vice President Elijio Serrano, Treasurer Charlie Bass, Secretary Subbu Venkat, Executive Committee Member Maddie Bunch, Mike Atkins, and Stan Coburn.
Following are brief bios for the three new members and the seven tenured members of the Houston Marathon Committee Board of Directors:
New Board Members
Tracey L. Anthony is the Chief Compliance Officer for Crane Worldwide Logistics. As a strategic operational executive with extensive trade compliance management experience, Anthony is a recognized speaker at collegiate and industry venues. She has over 30 years of international Trade experience, and is a member of the Import Export Institute as a Certified Compliance Officer and Empowered Official. Currently, Tracey focuses on Global Trade Compliance helping Crane Worldwide companies and its clients meet the rules, restrictions, and protocol of international shipping. She has overall responsibility of risk for global on Trade, FCPA (Anti-corruption programs) and Anti-Trust and Competition law for Crane Worldwide companies.
Melissa Hahn is currently the Director of Corporate Partnership for the Houston Astros. She is in her 14th season with the club and oversees the activation of all club sponsorships. Hahn also works with Community Leader Partners of the Astros and the Houston Open. A native of Wasco, CA, Hahn earned a BA in Business Marketing from California State University, Bakersfield. After a collegiate volleyball career, she became an avid endurance athlete, completing 26 marathons, 3 Ironman triathlons, and over 30 half marathons. She is a member of the local PRX running group and met her husband James while training for a marathon in 2009. She and James currently reside in Kingwood with their newborn daughter, Zerah and German Shorthaired Pointer, Dash.
Shannon Truman is a financial advisor with Brasada Capital Management where her primary focus is on wealth management sales and marketing. Prior to joining Brasada, Shannon worked nine years at AIM Investments (now Invesco) where she last served as vice president of AIM Private Asset Management, Inc. An avid runner and triathlete, Truman placed third in her age group at Ironman Texas 2021, and received an invite to the 2022 World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Running is her true passion as she has completed 14 marathons and participated in the Boston Marathon in 2011 and 2017. As a native Houstonian, she has competed in eight Chevron Houston Marathons and one Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The renowned community event holds a special place in her heart, and she is honored to become a member of the HMC BOD.
Current Board Members
Brant Kotch (President) is currently a partner at Crain, Caton & James, P.C. He began volunteering on the Houston Marathon course in 1992 and became the Course Director in 1997. Kotch was named President of the Board and Race Director in 2002 and has served on the Board of Directors since 1996.
Elijio Serrano (Vice President) is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Houston based publicly traded oilfield services companies TETRA Technologies, Inc. He has more than 40 years of experience in accounting, finance and treasury in the energy, transportation, construction, and software sectors. Elijio who was previously the Chairman of the Audit Committee of TESCO Corporation and served on the board of Talento Bilingual de Houston and was also a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Houston Downtown. He and his family are avid runners in the community, and he has completed eight Aramco Houston Half Marathons and four Chevron Houston Marathons.
Charlie Bass (Treasurer) is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 40 years of financial management and process management experience in the energy industry. The current HMC Treasurer, Bass has served on the Board for the past 17 years and has been an HMC volunteer for the past 34 years. In addition to the HMC Board, he serves on the Board of Directors of two other charitable organizations.
Subbu Venkat (Secretary) is a Marketing and Business Development Manager at Texas Instruments Incorporated, where he has worked for more than 33 years. Subbu has a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Madras in India and is an avid runner who has served on the board of directors for the Houston Area Road Runners Association. Subbu is a devoted runner who has completed five Boston Marathons, seven Aramco Houston Half Marathons and 11 Chevron Houston Marathons.
Mike Atkins is a Human Resources Executive and business partner to several Houston area organizations. He served as the Vice President of Human Resources for the ABM Facility Solutions Group. Atkins has run the Houston Marathon twice and has been a volunteer on the Medical Committee for the past 34 years, working on equipment and logistics.
Maddie Bunch is President of M. Bunch & Company, a healthcare/case management firm. She first became involved with the HMC in the early 1980s when she was a runner who volunteered with the HMC public relations and media committee. Bunch, who played a significant role in the development and growth of the Elite Runner Program and the creation of the HMF, has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1997 and currently serves on the Executive Committee.
Stanley Coburn is a retired Technical Sales Manager for Tenaris Coiled Tubes, and currently serves on the Finance Committee for the HMC Board of Directors. Coburn ran his first Houston Marathon in 1984, began volunteering in 1992 with the registration committee, and his involvement grew in 2007 when he was named Setup/Teardown Captain. In 2009, Coburn became the Course Director, bringing his engineering experience and passion for running together.
About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.
Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC) is a founding member of Running USA and annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half-marathon and 5K. More than 300,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. Recognized by World Athletics, the Gold Label Chevron Houston Marathon has been the race site for three U.S. Olympic Trials Marathons and the Gold Label Aramco Houston Half Marathon has hosted 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships. For eight consecutive years, the events have garnered Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport and were also awarded the 2015 AIMS Green Award for industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Race Weekend generates over $51 million in economic impact for the region annually. In addition to its economic impact, the HMC facilitates social responsibility through its Run for a Reason Charity Program which has raised over $34 million since its inception and the Houston Marathon Foundation, which serves the greater Houston area through support of youth and community organizations that promote access to, and participation in running. The event is televised by KTRK ABC13 and syndicated nationally and internationally airing annually live on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network.
The 51st running of the Chevron Houston Marathon race weekend, also featuring the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron, will take place January 13-15, 2023.
Registration is now open for the three events that sell out annually, so please register today. For more information, visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com or call 713.957.3453