Home > Event > NEW DATE for Next ACA Monthly Luncheon/Speaker Bios: OCT 2nd

We are slipping our planned monthly ACA luncheon by about a week to the new date of October 2nd.  No changes to the luncheon location: Whole Foods Market, SouthPark

Please join us as a panel of speakers will discuss how they used a little bit of “health & wellness” institutional knowledge to provide the “spark” in serving the greater community good.  Grab your lunch from Whole Foods’ wide selection of great, fresh foods….and join us on the 3rd level of the dining area.  We’ll start at approximately 11:45 am.

In addition to the program, there will be time for questions & answers, networking, and learning about other upcoming programs with The Active Charlotte Alliance!

Speaker Bios:

Cadie Jessup, The Rookie Run 5k

cadie-jessup-400xx1030-1027-0-19In 2009, a blood clot resulted in the amputation of Cadie’s left leg above the knee. Prior to this, she lived a very active and athletic lifestyle. Cadie felt lost after my amputation. She thrived when she was active and didn’t know what her “new” life would be like. She vowed to do whatever it took to regain the confidence sports gave her.  Seven months after receiving a prosthetic leg, Cadie completed her first-ever triathlon. Completing the triathlon was amazing, but what was more of a boost was the crowd’s reaction. She was the only amputee participating and everyone seemed inspired by her effort.

Cadie personifies “life beyond limb loss”.  In her own words, Cadie describes why she founded this year’s Rookie Run 5K:

“My athletic pursuits and challenges have only increased since my amputation. Not only do I strive to be active and challenge myself, I make it a point to mentor, coach, and inspire others to do the same. In fact, I find my greatest joy in seeing someone achieve something they never thought possible.

I coach amputee running. Hearing an amputee say they can’t run (or walk) a 5k saddened me. I could answer most of their objections, but understood when they said they were embarrassed to participate in a “normal” 5k. Even when I was a runner prior to my amputation, I was nervous about running in 5ks so I understood their fear.

This inspired me to create a 5k for the true beginner. It is an untimed event and will be held within the constraints of a park so no one who isn’t participating in the event will see them. It takes the fear and anxiety out of the event as much as possible. I will have “buddies” along the course to help them when they fatigue or start doubting themselves. I envision participants will be people of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. I want to show them there is nothing that can hold them back from achieving this goal. To help them achieve this goal, I will implement a weekly in-person and virtual training program.”

Mike Lenhart, The Getting2Tri Foundation and USA Paratriathlon

Mike Lenhart Cornwell Center headshotMike Lenhart is a 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (NY) and earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgia State University in Atlanta.  In December 2006, he founded The Getting2Tri Foundation (G2T) with the goal of helping individuals with physical disabilities get more active in local communities’ sports programs.  G2T is 100% volunteer-based and uses the disciplines of swimming, cycling, running, racing wheelchair, and hand-cycle as the vehicles for accomplishing its mission. Mike presently works at the Quality Assurance Testing Manager for a Charlotte-based, Internet banking corporation.

Mike is the current chairman of the USA Paratriathlon Committee, a subordinate group to the Board of Directors, USA Triathlon.  As chairman, Mike leads the continued focus of furthering the sport of paratriathlon through recruitment, education, and outreach, particularly at grass-roots levels.

Nathan Leehman, The Ultra Running Company, LLC

nathan leehmanNathan Leehman is an avid runner and owner of the Ultra Running Company in Myers Park. Nathan ran high school track but stopped running competitively or recreationally after high school, choosing to focus on recreational volleyball and a traditional career. After one or two false starts, Nathan resumed running in 2008, building up both his mileage and passion before focusing on “ultra” distance races with mileage greater than 26.2 miles. Nathan has run the Yaissou 5k, the Southpark Turkey Trot, and both the Boston and New York City Marathons. He currently competes primarily in 100-mile trail races and holds the #2 “masters” ranking in the country at that distance as recognized by USA Track & Field.

When not training, Nathan can be found wearing a smile at the Ultra Running Company while working with runners and walkers of all competitive levels, body types and personal aspirations.

Drew Gehringer, ETB North America, LLC

drew gehringerDrew Gehringer is the Chief Operating Officer of ETB North America, LLC.

Based in Charlotte, NC, Gehringer joined the firm in February, 2015 and specializes in the channel management, daily operations, administration and logistics for the pioneering Charlotte-based, sports nutrition and lifestyle company. Under his leadership, ETB will continue its growth as a recognizable force in the sports nutrition market. Gehringer brings in depth knowledge implementing a robust sales support strategy as well as deep corporate relationships.

Gehringer was a Corporate Partnership Manager at Charlotte Checkers where he assisted clients in the endorsement of the Checkers hockey franchise with a focus on sponsor support and achievement of ambitious revenue targets. During this part of his career, Gehringer worked on identifying and pitching corporate partners for their sponsorship position; was part of wider team working on development of strategic relationships; managed the corporate expense accounts and budgets and participated in industry outreach programs to develop a stronger support in the local community. He possesses strong technical knowledge of sales management, operating discipline, and organizational leadership.

He attended UNC Greensboro and lettered four times on the varsity baseball team maintaining a batting average of .299. Gehringer also studied at Mannheim Universität in Germany and speaks German. Gehringer lives with his girlfriend in Charlotte, NC.