Meet The Team

Run As You Are (RAYA) would not be possible without a team of passionate runners who seek to build the future of run culture. Here's a breakdown of the team including their role and background!

Our Founders.

Rob Smith
Nick Lo
Larry Lau
Rob Smith is the founder of Vancouver Running Co. and a lover of all things movement. As an Adidas running global ambassador, you can find him with his family, surfing, skiing or hitting the mt. bike trails when he's not getting creative in the running world.
Nick Lo is an avid runner who brings a decade worth of business operations experience to Run As You Are. As the former COO of Myodetox, he led a team of 200+ employees from the startup stage to >$50M post-money Series A valuation.
Larry Lau is a serial entrepreneur and start-up investor with a successful track record of building and scaling brands. He actively advises and serves on the boards of high-growth startups in Canada.

Our Creative Team.

Marlon Soriano – Artist
Vince Harttrup – Producer
Ryan Willms – Creative Director
Marlon Soriano is a multi-disciplinary artist specializing in Illustration and digital design. With deep industry experience as an artist, illustrator, and creative, he's worked with global brands like lululemon, Red Bull, Myodetox, and Puma.
Vince Harttrup is a driven and ambitious filmmaker who thrives working alongside creatives and helping them meet their goals. His work has been featured by Instagram, TIME Magazine, and exhibitions in Vancouver.
Ryan Willms is a specialist in brand strategy and creative direction. With a decade of experience in publishing, product design, environmental experience, retail, content and brand strategy, he finds joy in creative problem solving and immersive creative direction. Some of his most recent work include Nike, Stussy, Dover Street Market, On, Strava, and Reigning champ.

Our Technology Team.

Andrew Hechanova – Product Manager
Stanley Yau – Full Stack Developer
Steve Krueger – Technology Advisor
Andrew Hechanova is a former Bell product manager turned Blockchain enthusiast and problem solver. Currently exploring and understanding all things Web3 and beyond.
Stanley Yau is our in-house computer whisperer capable of building our wildest dreams, leading the charge on turning ideas into reality for the Run As You Are team.
Steve Krueger is an avid technologist who moonlights as an electronic DJ throughout Vancouver. As an experienced founder and business operator who's been developing digital experiences for well over a decade, he's currently a founding partner and CEO at JIBE Commerce.

Our Community Team.

Beaux Walton – Project Coordinator
David Zou – Community Specialist
Andrew Staroska – Social Media Coordinator
Beaux Walton is a passionate runner and long-time tech enthusiast with a charming Australian accent. He can always be found learning something new or on the trails with a baby and husky in tow. The Aussie's love language is coffee, beer, and a good run.
Andrew Staroska is an avid runner who is closing in on a 5-year run streak. He can often be found hunting out the best coffee, gelato, bourbon, and wine he can find.
David Zou is an avid community builder in the web3 and tech startup scene. Having spoken on international stages in places like Dubai, Malta, and Miami on the subject of digital assets, he's even built a social club in New York during his time in the United States.

Our Support Team.

Crystal Leong – Operations
Natasha Chang – Operations
Georgina Ko – Technical
Crystal Leong is a self-taught operational problem solver who's willing to learn/try anything. If you find her running, you should probably run too because there's either food at the end or something is chasing her.
Georgina Ko is a Biomedical Device Integration lead who increases her finger dexterity on Discord by moonlight and conditions medical devices by daylight.
Natasha Chang is a book nerd forced to embrace physical activities by dear friends. Now, she's motivated to do physical activities for food.