Jason has been building web sites since the earliest days of the mainstream internet in 1994. It is his mastery of all things technical that powers MileSplit, while his vision has built it. He began the precursor to flrunners.com in 1997, before founding MileSplit in 2000 at 19 years old. Since then he has worked tirelessly to make his vision of a state-centric national network covering cross country and track & field become reality.
You might call Byrne a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded his first business at just 16 years old and was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce while just a junior in high school. As a high school senior he served as the youngest ever county official in Highlands County after being appointed by a county commissioner to an important and controversial county subcommittee.
After graduating from Florida Southern College in 2002 with a BA in Journalism and Spanish, Byrne co-founded a software company called EVware that supplies customer relationship management software to companies in the calibration service industry. He still serves as president and chief technical architect of that company. Byrne has developed web sites for such corporations as Coca-Cola, NHL, Tyco/ADT, Yupo, Fox SunSports, SpeedTV, and Nextel. He has been involved in track & field for over a decade as a runner, coach, and journalist. As an integral part of the running community in Florida, he started the flrunners.com Invitational in 2000 (which has grown into one of the largest meets in the country). Byrne became the driving force behind the development of a state-wide middle school track & field program in the way of a State Championship meet and Regional Qualifiers which have helped create new excitment, increased competition, and accelerating participation numbers in the middle school age bracket (our next generation of runners!). He has also spoken on meet management and running-related technology to groups such as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and the Lakeland Runners Club.
It is Don's business and management experience, keen intuition, and finesse for the written word that anchors MileSplit. Since joining the Board of Directors in 2005 he has helped lead MileSplit from its infancy into maturity as a corporation. He has played an integral role in forming new partnerships and the training of new webmasters.
Don has been working in the marketing field as a copywriter and creative director for over 30 years. During that time he worked for agencies in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1991, he founded Dalton, Rich & More, a marketing communications agency. The agency began designing and programming web sites in 1994, and it developed and launched the first corporate site for then-Astra Merck Pharmaceuticals. Don's other clients have included everything from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 companies.
In 2000, Don launched PennTrackXC.com as an independent site covering high school track & field and cross country. He joined the MileSplit Network in 2004 and pioneered the subscription model in Pennsylvania for the Network. From 2004-2005 he served as the national editor for DyeStat. Don is an experienced track photographer and reporter and his work has been published in Rodale's High School Runner magazine and newspapers throughout Pennsylvania.