Our Key Founders

Todd Jennings
Chief Executive Officer / Chief Technology Director / Co-Founder

Todd is both a Technology Strategist with 30 years of technology experience and a competitive Ironman Triathlete. Todd’s journey was ignited after being inspired by the story of Jon Blais. Jon was the first and only person to still have completed the Ironman World Championship with ALS. This inspiration led Todd to get “off the couch” and give triathlon a try in 2009. Since 2009 Todd has completed 63 Triathlons, 26 Ironman’s and the Ironman World Championship in support of all those with and those lost to ALS.

Robert “Fireman Rob” Verhelst
Chief Operations Officer / Co-Content Director / Co-Founder
rverhelst@tzeroendurance.com / FiremanRob.com

Rob is a Keynote Speaker, Sponsored Triathlete, and an influential leader in the endurance arena. Rob has been competing in triathlons since 2007 and has done 22 Full Ironman and 28 Half Ironman Triathlons while wearing his full firefighter gear for all the run portions. Being a fireman for 20 years and knowing the power of endurance sports, his network and influence have created a foundation for T Zero Endurance that will carry it far beyond the finish line. He has impacted this community through his racing, speaking, and now through the T Zero Endurance Community Platform.

Will Smith
Chief / Partner & Professional Director / Co-Content Director

Will was a top-level triathlete throughout his 15-year career in middle distance triathlon as a professional from New Zealand. He has been a World Champion, coached an Olympic Medalist and countless Kona qualifiers. He has stayed active within the triathlon community through coaching top-level professionals in Ironman, Olympics, and other events. Will’s numerous years in triathlon have led to his vast network globally from athletes to endurance companies and events.

Derek Fitzgerald
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Derek received a heart transplant that saved his life. After that day, Derek made a promise to himself, and to the donor, he would never meet. He would be his best self. He would strive to make himself better. And he wouldn’t take one second of his good health for granted.

Since his transplant, Derek has completed over 100 endurance races, including six IRONMAN triathlons, a 2.4-mile swim, and a 112-mile bike ride followed by a 26.2-mile run.

Aaron Kessler
Executive Business Advisor

As an entrepreneur, Aaron has enjoyed working with similarly ground-breaking individuals determined to bring useful products/services to the market. Aaron has developed and led divisions at multiple growth companies introducing innovative new approaches to existing business models.

Aaron specializes in figuring out how to deploy disruptive technologies to established industries. Aaron’s goal is to better structure, analyze, and act upon higher volumes of data than was previously possible. This includes effectively commercializing and marketing complex products and articulating a cohesive message to clients.

Aaron is the Manager for pro triathlete Meredith Kessler with experience in negotiating and managing contracts with fifteen sponsors including Saucony, Reynolds Cycling, Orbea, Arctic Ease, and Clif. Additionally, Aaron has experience in established alternative income sources such as: website, social media, coaching, travel agency, books, out of industry sponsors. Along with helping create a positive brand recognition through multiple media channels, partnerships, and charitable services

Ironman Champion - Meredith Kessler

Ironman Champion - Andrew Starykowicz

Ironman Champion - Cameron Brown

Meredith Kessler
Professional Triathlete

Meredith grew up in Columbus, Ohio where she was a 4-sport athlete and was inducted into her high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Meredith went on to receive a Division I athletic scholarship at Syracuse University where she participated in field hockey and track. After graduation in 2000, she used her graduation money to purchase her first triathlon bike and entered in a full Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run) two weeks later. From that moment on, she caught the spirit of Ironman competition and has not looked back. Since that first Ironman in 2000, Meredith has completed in over 60 full Ironman races all over the United States and the world. She is an 11-time full distance Ironman and 21-time half-distance Ironman champion.

Outside of her career as a professional Ironman triathlete, Meredith takes pride in being the best wife, to high school sweetheart Aaron Kessler, mom to MAK, daughter, sister, friend and mentor that she can be every day. Her family and friends are paramount in fueling her energies to compete at such an elite level. Meredith has always enjoyed helping others which is why she and her husband developed the Life of a Triathlete (www.lifeoftriathlete.com) , manuals, and resources. The objective is to help individuals reach their athletic goals faster than they would on their own, in the sport of triathlon.

Andrew Starykowicz
Professional Triathlete

In 2012 Andrew overcame hurdles no athlete should face but he came back with vengeance at inking another world record bike split on his way to winning Ironman Florida and closed the year getting married.  A year later Andrew led more than half the race at Ironman World Championships and became the 1st American in triathlon history to break 8 hours in an Ironman.  The 2014 season looked to be dreamy with early season speed and success but Andrew fell victim to a laberal tare in his hip, a career-ending injury?  No, less than 8 months later Andrew finished Challenge Roth and racked up multiple podiums and welcomed his daughter into the world.  2016 also brought early season success with a win as a father at 70.3 New Orleans.

Then Andrew’s life changed forever, he was run over and dragged under a truck while on his bike, broken back, leg nearly ripped off, and helmet crushed, it looked very apparent that life would be challenge and triathlon was done.  Just a month later in a wheelchair, Andrew welcomed his son into the world and 10 days later he was giving his son CPR.  His son would spend 10 weeks in an ICU with Epilepsy of an unknown ideology and it was in the ICU that Andrew committed that if these kids can fight and conquer these challenges he can conquer his.  In 2017 he did just that, 1 year removed from getting left for dead he won 70.3 Steelhead and 2 months later won Ironman Louisville leading every minute and every second of both races.

2018 started off with a lot more of the same.  Andrew became the first person ever to break 4 hours for an Ironman bike cranking out 28.2 mph then following it up with a 3:00 marathon to go 7:50 at Ironman Texas.  Now Andrew’s sights are set on Ironman World Championships and if you ask him, he will give you the Blues Brothers line “I’m on a mission from God”

Cameron Brown
Professional Triathlete

I’ve had a passion for the sport of Triathlon ever since I did my first race back in the summer of 1987. Some 30yrs later I’m still competing and loving it, As I get older I seem to appreciate the sport more and more. It’s great to reminisce about the past but the future of Triathlon continues to grow. I was lucky to start the sport back in the late ’80s as we had the like’s of Rick Wells and Erin Baker as our kiwi hero’s, Both won the first-ever Triathlon World Championships back in 1987 so it was always great to be standing next to them on the start line.

As a junior, I raced pretty well winning the New Zealand secondary school Triathlon Championships in 1988 and then made the move to being a professional Triathlete as soon as I left school in 1990. I raced up in Japan in my early years trying to make a living in the sport racing back to back seasons for many years. I would compete over the kiwi summer and then head straight to the Northern hemisphere to race in there season so it was great to follow the sun each year and miss winter.

In 1992 I finished 2nd in the ITU World Championships as a junior and then tried my luck competing on the ITU World Cup season for many years in the hope of one day qualifying for the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. My best ever race on the World cup circuit was a 3rd behind Australian great Brad Bevan and 2004 Olympic champion Hamish Carter. I never had the speed on the run like these guys so I decided to try my luck in the Ironman.

I had always watched the New Zealand Ironman in March each year in one day hoping to race. That day happened in 1997 when I competed in my first ever Ironman in St Heliers, Auckland. I had a shocker but I had caught the bug of Ironman and found my true distance in Triathlon. My first victory at Ironman New Zealand came in 2001 when I ran down the ITU World Champion Peter Sandvang from Denmark who held a 12 minute lead off the bike, my other victories came in 2002,02,04,05,07,08,09,10,11, 12,15 and 2016 at the age of 43yr!