Our Team

The Fleet Feet Orlando team is comprised of the most passionate individuals in running specialty. Their focus is centered around giving our guests the best possible experience time after time as well as ensuring you achieve your needs in lifestyle, fit, customer service, training and product.

Brendan Mertz

Multi Store Operations Manager - Altamonte - Orlando

Team Member since 2008 – FSU Alum.
Brendan embodies some of the best natural abilities to make sure the store product operations are at their top level. A passion for running and keeping things in order brendan handle all of the back of the house operations for the store. In need of that special order or making sure all our product is in stock, that is Brendan. – USATF Level 1 coach

Korene Hinds


Korene Hinds earned her Masters of Science in Education from Kansas State University.

Korene is best known as 3,000 meter Steeplechase athlete and part of the Beijing, and London olympic and Jamaican National Team. Now retired from her favorite sport,  Korene’s sponsorship included Puma and has 4 years of Fleet Feet in her background with Orlando and a store from Albuquerqe, NM.

Kia Thomas

Retail Experience Manager

Having spent over a decade in the running, cycling and triathlon industry, as a sales rep & sales manager, my current passion is taking my knowledge of the running industry to help drive the continued growth of Fleet Feet Orlando. Having a close relationship with Eric, Stacey and Brendan over the years allowed Fleet Feet to feel like home before ever officially being part of the family. Happy to now officially call Fleet Feet Orlando home.

Bryan Manfria

Bryan moved here with his family from New Jersey to escape the cold winters. He comes to us with a degree in exercise science and experience working in the field for 5 years. Bryan also has his teaching certification as he loves to work with children. Outside of work Bryan enjoys running, biking, swimming and just about anything involving fitness. He loves to be an active role model for his two daughters and loves to get them involved. Bryan has completed 3 marathons and 3 halfs and one day hopes to complete an ironman.

Jaymes Cole


Florida native from Vero Beach. I started running in high school to stay in shape for other sports and fell in love with the sport and stopped everything else. I earned a couple All-State selections and a few school records. I ran for Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio and studied history, another passion of mine, and found my way back to Florida. You can find me traveling around the state for races or right here at your local 5k.

Larry Lopez


Larry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he developed an early love for running. In high school he was an all state athlete multiple times, and went to run cross country and track in College. Larry graduated with his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Harding university, and shortly after got certified as a personal trainer and also attained a USA Track and Field coaching certification. Larry now lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, while working full time at Fleet Feet. In his spare time he loves to hangout with his wife, run, and tap into his nerdy side by watching anime.

Holly Page


Hi! My name is Holly Page. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Elementary Education. My love of running began when I joined the Cross Country team at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando. My passion for the sport led me to pursue college running. I competed on the University of Wyoming's Track and Field and Cross Country Teams where I was an NCAA National Qualifier. I was a member of the USA Track and Field Team for the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015. I still enjoy running for fun and learning as much as I can about health and wellness. I am looking forward to working with the Orlando walking and running community as a part of the Fleet Feet Team!

Matt Tanner


Matt was born in Milwaukee WI, and moved to Central Florida at a young age. He graduated from the Unversity of Central Florida with his Bachelors in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications. Matt has always loved working out and road biking since a young age and has been running consistantly for the last 3 yrs. "I definitely love helping people feel better on their feet, whether it's getting ready for a half marathon or just going for a walk!"

Michael Valle


I was born in Massachusetts where I participated in many team sports. I moved to Orlando at a young age and when I got to middle school was looking for a new sport to do and ended up joining the Cross Country team and fell in love with the challenge running offered as both a team and individual sport. I continued to run at Lake Mary High School also joining the track team and participating in half marathons. Now I run for fun joining and supporting many of the local meet up runs around town with the random race sprinkled in every now and then.

Erick Elliott


Erick is a graduate of The Art Institute of Charlotte with a background in graphic design and work experience as a running shoe fit pro in Charlotte, NC. After over coming Crohn’s Disease Erick shifted gears professionally from graphic design to the health and fitness industry. He is currently pursuing his CPT certification so he can help others over come their health issues as well. On top of running 5, 8 and 10k’s, Erick enjoys mud runs and obstacle course races, weight training, and expanding the limits of what he is able to do physically. Erick is married and has three children. When not working or working out, his happy place is with his family.

Jessia Brown


I am a Florida native, I have been dancing since the age of 5, other sports include cheerleading, cross country, and track. I am currently in school majoring in business administration and my minor is fashion.

Deb Nickerson


Deb is a UCF Grad and USATF Certified Coach. Deb inspires our NO BOUNDARIES participants to be their best and achieve their most sought after goals to learn to run and get to their first 5K. Deb is an avid runner and Triathlete and has graduated over 600 participants of the NO BOUNDARIES program in association with Fleet Feet Sports and New Balance.

RRCA Certified Coach

Patricia Viera

Training Mentor/Office Assistant

Certified personal trainer, NOBO graduate and 3-time NOBO mentor. Pat is in charge of making sure all the books and organizational filing is done at the store level. While unnoticed in the every day grind of the business from the sales floor, you cannot miss her as she is always there to inspire and assist coach Deb and the NOBO group. She makes sure to help develop new attitudes with all the beginners she meets.

Brand Ambassadors

Fleet Feet Sports is proud to share our Ambassador team with our local communities. The Ambassador team exemplifies the culture and spirit of Fleet Feet Sports and shares our passions for our sport. Ambassadors aid in development of special relationships with local running groups, clubs, events and more. 

Charisse Winter

   Favorite Shoe:   Brooks Launch
   Favorite Brand:   Brooks but varies some by gear type
   Ambassador Bio:   I run because it's my sanity. I run because I'm competitive, and it's something at which I excel. I run because it makes me feel good even when it's hard. I run because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I run because I like a challenge. I run because it keeps me moving and energized. I run because I'm stressed out, I run to clear my head, I run to relax. I run because there's nothing that compares to "runner's high." I run because new running shoes are more satisfying than any other new shoes. I run because I'm a different human being if I don't, and it keeps me positive. I run to inspire and to be inspired. I run because I think it brings out the best in me. I run because the running community is the best group of people in the world. I run because a lot of people can't and it's a privilege that shouldn't be taken for granted. I run because I love it and it makes me happy. There is no time or place that I don't or won't run. Whether I'm on vacation, traveling, or working 80 hours a week, I always find time to run. I lace up my running shoes and go every morning and often again at night for group runs (except on rest day!). I'm always in training for a race (or just life), usually a marathon or series of races, and while I prefer long distances, I race at all distances and have come to appreciate short distance races. I love winning, and the constant internal push I have to continually get better motivates me in everything I do and every choice I make. I love being around people who love the sport as much as I do, as well as helping those who are newer to it to get excited about running and fitness. I love how it brings people together for something positive who may otherwise have vast differences, and I love that it isn't a pretentious sport, that it allows people to be their sweaty, awesome selves whatever their pace or experience. Olympic and elite athletes inspire me, but so do people who are just beginning or getting back into their running habits. It's amazing to see how it transforms people both physically and mentally, and the perseverance athletes from both ends of the spectrum display is remarkable and always gives me perspective. There's just nothing quite like running. :)

Robyn Tangora



   Favorite Shoe:   Nike Air Zoom Structure
   Favorite Brand:   Nike
   Ambassador Bio:   Hi! I'm Robyn. I started running a little over 3 years ago after being sidelined with a knee injury. I fell in love with the feeling you get after crossing a finish line or running a mile a few seconds faster than you did last time or going a further distance than you thought you could. I joined a few local running groups, but there was always one that I would never want to miss. I am now the host of Wednesday night's Running for Brews Orlando. We are a social running club that enjoys the exercise and really appreciates a cold beer post run.

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