MEET THE TEAM
Ben has been just about everything in the running industry; elite athlete, special events director for a big city marathon, running store owner, marketing director, elite athlete coordinator, coach, and executive director. Ben’s vision for the NAZ Elite brand is to disrupt the running industry and establish a greater emotional connection by creating a sense of belonging (and pride) with their fan base and fans-to-be.
Two-Time Olympian & Head Coach
Alan thrived as a primarily self- coached athlete during the entirety of his professional career from 1996 through 2008. He also coached at the high school level after his retirement, helping lead his son Cruz to become one of the nation’s top milers. He took over as the HOKA NAZ Elite Head Coach in May 2022.
Julia (Kohnen) Griffey
Half Marathon – 1:11:04 (2020)
Marathon – 2:29.58 (2020)
Half Marathon – 1:09:49 (‘15 & ‘21)
Marathon – 2:26:50 (2019)