Friday, April 20, 2018

About Continental


Continental Event and Sports Management Group LLC  was founded by one of the leading race production teams in the US.  Robert Pozo, President of Continental Event and Sports Management Group, began his race production career in 1997 with Swim Bike Run, Inc. What started as a small business built on the passion of the sport turned into a race production career featuring triathlons, duathlons and 5K runs in the South Florida area. Robert convinced Gaby Pozo, then the CFO of a local Miami business to join his company and help him grow the running empire they achieved in Miami over the next 10 years. The Pozos’ largest home-town achievement was starting and producing the ING Miami Marathon®. through 2007.  They grew the event from 5,000 to 18,000 producing such a formidable event that it was named as a top 10 running event by USA Today.  Later on, Robert’s love of the running industry inspired him to form Continental Event and Sports Management and launch the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, the Biggest Loser 5K for NBC (coverage on tv) and the Divas Half Marathon® & 5K Series, among some of his latest projects.
 
 Robert Pozo, Executive Race Director

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Robert is a founder and was the hands-on Race Director of the ING Miami Marathon for the first 6 years of the event.  Robert then began a consulting career where he offered his expertise when acquiring events as well as when creating them. Robert’s operational and financial background allows for a diverse skill-set used in analyzing possible ventures or mergers/acquisitions.  Today, Mr. Pozo is the Executive Race Director of his own company, Continental Event and Sports Management Group, which produces and manages events like the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, the Divas Half Marathon® & 5K Series.


Gaby Pozo, National Race Director – Divas Half Marathon & 5K Series

Gaby Pozo, our Diva in Chief, is also one of the three founders of the ING Miami Marathon.  After the sale of her Miami Marathon, she remained with the acquiring company for 2 more years serving as COO for their national operations.  She had the privilege of being the first woman in this industry to serve in such a post overseeing multiple national events of the caliber of the ING Miami Marathon, the Publix Georgia Marathon, the Chicago Half Marathon and the 13.1 Series. She took the project as its National Race Director and began working on its national expansion which currently hosts 10 locations nationwide.  It takes a strong woman to run the Diva events and give that series the edge over all other women-only events in the nation growing it to the largest such series in the nation. She is analytical, creative and a visionary which is a very unique combination and that is what makes her a leader in the field.

Like Robert, Gaby has a financial background having worked as auditor, controller and CFO over 12 years in the local Miami market.  However, she yearned to work in a dynamic world where she could have input on marketing, lead operations and return financially sound projects.

The Pozos founded and produced the Festina Time Trial Series as well as Key Biscayne Triathlon Trilogy prior to launching PR Racing, Inc. and The ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon. The company continued to grow and expand in Miami and South Florida as the premiere race management company in the area.

While Robert produced races in Florida, he held positions with other event production companies throughout the US allowing him to work and offer his expertise to large and small races across the country as well as national and world championships. Still, the largest of all sporting events eluded him until 2004 when, as a USA Triathlon certified coach he coached one of only 3 US male triathlon participants to the Athens Olympic Games.

The culmination of this came in 2007 and 2008 when Robert secured Team USA Pan American and Olympic Trials, respectively, for Racewalking in Miami. Robert and Gaby have produced or helped produce over 500 events throughout the United States as well as worked with all groups from for-profit to charities to municipal entities thus gaining vast knowledge in this sector.

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