Meet The Team2018-12-14T23:54:28+00:00

Meet the Team

Ben CohoonVision & Finance
It was Ben’s vision that created our first events and set the company in motion. Today, he continues to find new opportunities for Pink Gorilla Events and keeps the finances in check. When he’s not training for his next race, you’ll likely find Ben at home with his wife and daughter.

Jason BakewellIntegration
Jason is the glue that holds the team together and the steady hands that steer the ship. His passion for details and planning make sure our events run like clockwork. He and his wife are avid travelers, but they hate to leave home without their two huskies.

Jared BakewellMarketing
Making sure our events are full and beautifully branded is Jared’s forte. Entrepreneurial necessity has built him into a jack of all trades from graphic design to video production. At night you’ll either find him at home with his wife and daughter, playing in his indie dance rock band, or nerding out over a board game design.

Zach HarsinOperations and Community Relations
Zach leads operations and community relations at Pink Gorilla Events. As the founder of the BRIN Running Series, he’s uniquely able to wear a variety of hats on a daily basis from sponsorship salesperson to warehouse organizer extraordinaire. Look for Zach out and about around Lincoln with his wife and two daughters.

Jodi DuckertMarketing Coordination
Checking boxes and keeping the marketing team on schedule is always on Jodi’s mind, but you’ll also find her writing email copy or getting that next social media campaign out the door. She loves a good board game and is planning a wedding with her fiance!

Linda BrownFulfillment
Pink Gorilla Events makes a lot of promises and Linda makes sure we fulfill every one of them. Whether it’s for a sponsor or a participant, she excels at making sure everything gets planned, placed, and stuffed. She’s the mother of two boys and her husband is a big contributor to our websites.

Matt McBrideRace Directing
Winning the award for living the furthest distance from the Pink Gorilla Events HQ, Matt race directs both Market to Market Relays and gobbles up special projects for breakfast. He and his wife love the outdoors and Matt’s an aspiring wood worker.

Sydney ChappDesign
If it needs to look amazing, it’s on Sydney’s to-do list. She knocks out design projects from social media graphics to race guides on the daily. A craft beer aficionado, you’ll probably find her and her husband sipping an IPA at a local brewery from time-to-time.

Maddie HadenCustomer and Warehouse Services
Know a girl who can handle a tricky customer service issue at the same time she’s packing a truck? That’s Maddie. She answers our customer service inquiries and makes sure the warehouse is super organized. You’ll also find her outfitting runners with fresh kicks and hanging out with her husband when she’s finished dominating at Pink Gorilla for the day.

Julie GroetekeCommunity Relations
Julie is helping us grow our community footprint in Iowa and you’ll also see all over the after party and more, pitching in on event day. A mother of three, her and her husband are also the reigning bowling champions of the Pink Gorilla Events holiday party.