MEET THE STAFF

At Front Runner, our staff are what makes us unique. Each employee equally contribute to the company’s reputation of displaying integrity, a strong customer-first drive, and an overall positive atmosphere. Learn about your Front Runner staff below!

Chad Varga, Owner

Chad, along with his wife Denise, have been the owners of Front Runner since 2001. Chad earned his master’s degree from Purdue University in Engineering and was also a part of the Texas Instruments National Running Team. After 21 years of engineering Chad decided to take his love for running one step further and became the store owner of Front Runner.

Chad is a very involved owner, he is often found on the store floor helping customers or going out of his way to help make someone else’s life easier. In addition to his dedication at Front Runner, Chad is also actively involved in the community. In 2001 Chad earned the Chattanooga Track Club Runner of the Year, he also coaches Cross Country and Track at St. Jude school, and even takes time to visit the elderly for walks.

In addition to his community involvement, Chad is also a proud father of two. He enjoys serving as a Scout Leader for his son’s Boy Scout group and never misses his daughter’s tennis tournaments.

“I enjoy everything about owning the business. The relationships with the customers, employees and suppliers, to helping people live a healthier lifestyle.” – Chad

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Andrew Dorn, Manager

Andrew highly contributes to the success at Front Runner as the manager. He is responsible for the majority of product ordering and anything else the day may bring. He has been involved in the industry for over 15 years and has served as the manager at Front Runner since 2010. Andrew grew up in Portland, OR and earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Bryan College in 2009.

Andrew fell in love with distance running when he started running track in 9th grade and has continued his running career in college.
Now Andrew still enjoys racing but has also picked up trail running and private coaching. When he is not at Front Runner you can find Andrew writing, reading, or playing trivia.

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“I enjoy the conversations I have with customers. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I also really like being presented with a challenging ailment or injury. It’s deeply satisfying to get to the bottom of an issue that has been causing a person discomfort and frustration.” – Andrew

Christian Singer, Assistant Manager

Christian helps manage the floor and also does a lot of the backend work including filling Amazon orders and keeping track of inventory. He has been working at Front Runner since January 2014 and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Christian has completed a half Ironman race as well as multiple other race distances including a marathon. He enjoys activities with his wife and new baby including swimming, paddle boarding, and traveling.

“I view being an employee at Front Runner as an opportunity every day to help others improve their quality of life. I am thankful for my ability to come to work here.” – Christian

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Laryssa Martinovich, Marketing Director

When it comes to marketing at Front Runner, Laryssa is responsible for everything from planning community events to creating our website. Laryssa grew up in Minocqua, WI and earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2014. She has been on board at Front Runner since 2015.

Laryssa has been a runner ever since she can remember and never plans to stop. Besides running, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, and enjoys a variety of other outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing.

“I genuinely enjoy myself while I’m at Front Runner, and I think customers pick up on that. I love helping people, whether that be coordinating the next big community event together or just helping them find the perfect shoe. My favorite part about my work day is that it never feels like work.” – Laryssa

Jamie Sumner, Fitting Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Dennis Call, Fitting Specialist

Dennis is a long time employee at Front Runner, starting when Chad opened the store in 2001. Before joining Front Runner, Dennis was a material manager at Mold Tech Electronics.
Dennis is eager to assist anyone who walks through the door and promises they’ll leave with a smile!

Wendy Ransom, Fitting Specialist

“My favorite part about working at Front Runner is meeting new people and seeing old friends that come into the store!” – Wendy

Wendy, founder of Emily’s Power for a Cure, a foundation in memory of her daughter Emily’s fight against Stage IV Neuroblastoma, uses running and triathlons to raise awareness and funds to find the cure of Neuroblastoma. Wendy has completed 3 full marathons, 3 Ironman 70.3 distances, and numerous half marathons/5K’s. Wendy is also a devoted wife to her husband Jonathon and four children (Jon Pat, Max-Jr., Molly, and Emily). 
 
When it comes to swimwear at Front Runner, Wendy knows best! As a mother to three swimmers, one who swims at Drexel University, Wendy has been consistently involved in the swim community for years and can help any swimmer find exactly what they need.

Natalie Varga, Fitting Specialist

Bio coming soon!