Anyone who has ever worked with DMSE or attended a DMSE event knows that the firm’s founder, Dave McGillivray, has assembled a team with a reputation for excellence, creativity and the ability to get the job done right.
Many of the DMSE consultants who work on DMSE runs, walks and triathlons are successes on and off the road. Whether they are full-time road race gurus or hold down another career in law, government or accounting, the DMSE team is made up of experts who make each DMSE event a success.
Listed here are some of the “core” DMSE consultants who serve as the foundation of the group, however, in any given year, there might be as many as 70 different team members whose responsibilities may range from marketing to moving road cones.
Founder, CEO and President of DMSE, Inc.
The leading force behind the growth and success of DMSE Sports is the firm’s inspirational and tireless founder, Dave McGillivray, an accomplished athlete, race director and philanthropist. A native of Medford, Mass. who has run across the U.S. – twice – for charity, McGillivray is one of the nation’s top race directors, overseeing more than 900 major running and sporting since starting DMSE in 1981. For an expanded bio of Dave, please visit our Dave McGillivray, Founder section.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Matt is a key part of the senior management team and handles much of the day-to-day operations of DMSE. Matt is involved in every event, either via staffing, management or marketing. Matt handles many government, client and vendor relations. He is the senior event manager for NSTAR's Walk for Children's Hospital Boston and serves as a lead support on the Run-Walk to Home Base, Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the Fifty at Patriot Place and Run Gloucester! and lead support on all B.A.A. events. Matt also handles all of the consultant planning, travel arrangements and logistics for DMSE’s away events. Matt joined DMSE in 2006 from the non-profit arts world, where he was a project and marketing manager for First Night Boston and worked for the Celebrity Series of Boston, as well as for the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Mass. A resident of Somerville, Mass., Matt is a 2004 graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and is originally from Marshfield, Mass.
Vice President of Events and Logistics
Ed serves DMSE in a wide variety of areas, including client relations, contracts, permitting and approvals, operations, course, registration, logistics, vendor relations, medical, communications, documentation and event oversight. In addition, he manages the DMSE warehouse and serves as part of the senior management team, managing specific areas of an event and planning equipment, supplies, staff, volunteers, and site set up and breakdown. Ed joined DMSE in 2002 and has been involved in most of DMSE’s major events, from the B.A.A. Boston Marathon to the newer races such as the Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race, Run - Walk to Home Base and the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 at Patriot Place. He formerly served as Director of Operations for the Pan Massachusetts Challenge and Director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Walk. Ed is a 1981 graduate of University of New Hampshire and received an MBA from Northeastern University in 1988. Ed currently lives in Tewksbury, MA.
Senior Event Director
Ron Kramer is a multi-talented member of the team, serving as the race director of the Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Series throughout the U.S. and Run for the Dream in Williamsburg, Virginia. He joined DMSE in 2001 and currently serves as part of the senior management team. Ron has been in the race industry for 30 years, serving as the lead vehicle coordinator for the B.A.A. Boston Marathon since 1991 and as the captain and navigator for Swim Across America since 1987. His athletic accomplishments include completing 58 Marathons, including 18 'Boston’s', three 50-mile ultra-marathons and two 24 hour runs. He also has completed five marathons as a competitive race walker, winning his age-group division (50-59) at a recent Disney Marathon. A resident of West Palm Beach, Fla., Ron is originally from Boston and worked for 37 years as a salesman for Pacific Packaging Products. He is a 1964 graduate of Boston University and also served our country as an active duty and reserve aboard the U.S. Miller Destroyer 535.
Senior Event Manager
Howard has been with DMSE since 2003 and has more than 15 years in event management and logistics. Known for his organizational skills, Howard is a key DMSE team member who manages the Rhody 5K and the Hasbro Children's Hospital Walk and is involved in logistics, sponsorship activation, course operations, vehicle management and just about every other area of event operations. Howard is a graduate of University of Miami and currently resides in Sutton, Mass. Howard also works as the Distribution Center Manager for the Boston Athletic Association. He is originally from Holliston, Mass. and is the son of Ron Kramer, listed above.
Mike manages the Camp Harborview event each year, overseeing government and client relations, sponsors, entertainment, food and beverage alongside the DMSE team. For other races, he serves in course management, food and beverage, logistics and insuring surplus product is distributed to shelters and food pantries. A DMSE team member since 2001, Mike began his road race career as the co-race director of L Street Running Club’s annual Sugarbowl 5-Miler in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2006. He has run 13 marathons and countless local races and in the winter can be found skiing throughout the Northeast and beyond. A resident of Quincy, Mass., Mike served as a planning manager for Verizon and as an IT Network Engineer and Planning Manager for the Northeast and New England. He is a graduate of Quincy College and Northeastern University.
Senior Venue Manager
Bob has been affiliated with DMSE since 1985 and today serves as a key part of the DMSE team. He has worked in the areas of sponsor research and solicitation, event planning, budget management, logistics, staffing, and venue management, serving as a member of the organizing committees of key races such as the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Jimmy Walk and the TD Bank Beach to Beacon. He also served as vice president and president of the firm in the 1980s and was an integral part of the company’s initial growth by overseeing office operations and leading efforts to develop operating procedures, secure corporate funding and create and engineer new events. A resident of Westborough, Mass., Bob is a member of the Boston Athletic Association, Triathlon Federation USA and the Greater Boston Track Club.
Senior Venue Manager
Mike serves as the course coordinator for the Women’s Half-Marathon series and the Run for the Dream Half Marathon & 8K, and provides course management for a number of other DMSE events. Mike has worked with DMSE since 1983 with the Cape Cod Endurance run and joined the firm full time in 2002. He is a ski coach for the Special Olympics Winter Games and has completed four Ironman distance triathlons, recently winning the 60-year-old division in the Plymouth Iron Distance Triathlon. An avid skier, Mike is also a member of TREK 2004 Run Across America. Originally from Wilmington, Mass., he is a resident of Milton, Mass. and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and earned his Masters of Public Heath from Boston University School of Public Health.
Senior Venue Manager
Andy helps plan the Start and Finish of DMSE events and is part of the planning team that devises the layout, timeline, staffing and details for specific events. A trained architect, he creates many of the maps and diagrams used for the races, especially the Start and Finish venues. Known for his calm demeanor, Andy has been affiliated with DMSE since 1995 and works on more than 11 DMSE races each year, including the BAA Boston Marathon, Run for the Dream Half Marathon & 8K, and Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon series. Before joining DMSE he was the Start coordinator for the New York City Marathon and also worked for the Rock n' Roll Marathon in San Diego and the Country Music Marathon in Nashville. Andy completed the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996 and has competed in dozens of 10Ks, 5Ks, sprint triathlons and duathlons over the past 30 years. A resident of Grafton, Mass., Andy is the Virtual Design and Construction Manager for Consigli Construction in Milford, Mass. He is a 1984 architectural engineering graduate of the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Senior Venue Manager
Chris has more than 50 years in officiating and event leadership at the local, regional, national and international level, including cross country, track and field and long distance events such as road racing. He is currently certified as a Master Official by USATF in a number of areas, including refereeing track & field and long-distance running, and currently serves as the president of the Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association (MTFOA). Chris is the 2003 recipient of the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) Distinguished Service Award and in 2011 was inducted into the MSTCA Hall of Fame. An educator with the Boston Public Schools since 1968, Chris was a High School All American in track and served as a coach for 25 years at Boston College, Brandeis and M.I.T. He received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association (MIAA) and also founded the Boston College Relays and the Greater Boston College Coaches Association (GBC). Chris has been working with DMSE since 1985 and officiated at the Boston Marathon since 1967, serving as the designated Coordinator of Officials since 1987.
Tim oversees the operations and construction of the Start and Finish lines for many DMSE races, including the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K and the B.A.A. 10K. He serves as a team leader for the Boston Marathon’s Start area as well as equipment operator and repairman. He has worked with DMSE since it began in 1981, working on hundreds of races. Tim has also completed 19 of 21 Baystate Triathlons as well as the Patriots Half Marathon in 2009. He is a resident of Burlington, Mass. and serves as a supervisor at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Originally from Medford, Mass., Tim is a 1976 graduate of Medford Vocational Technical High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1980. In addition to his work with DMSE, he has worked with TimeOut Productions and was a Certified Water Safety Instructor for 10 years at Medford High School.
Sound Engineer, Announcer
Known for his quick wit and deft use of sound effects, Jack manages the sound systems at DMSE events and serves as an announcer or MC. He also is invaluable in his jack-of-all—trades role, assisting with barricades, fencing, mechanical equipment, creating and building whatever is needed for various events, and operating a fork lift, genie and other equipment. He has worked with DMSE since 1986, joining the firm full time in 1999. He ran his first race B.A.A. Boston Marathon in 1997 at the age of 46 and has run each year since. A resident of Ashland, Mass., Jack is involved in his local community, setting up sound systems and announcing for a range of annual community events, including Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, Halloween Party, Holiday Lighting, Ashland Day, Bonfire and various teen activities. He also operates a one-man handyman business. A former member of the Coast Guard, Jack’s hometown is Hopkinton, Mass.