Leadership

John Vann
Co-Founder and President, Regional Director, Board of Directors
Tampa, FL
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army (retired)
John is the visionary behind Racing4Vets and in the Summer of 2012 became the Co-Founder, Vice President, and our first veteran driver in the advanced competition program. He was additionally the first Regional Director in the Cincinnati area and the creator of the programs in place today. John served with the U.S. Army infantry in Iraq from 2001-2007, during which he suffered combat injuries including TBI and PTSD which required 2-3 years in rehabilitation. John has significant experience with nonprofits benefiting service-disabled veterans and brings his knowledge of veterans’ needs to Racing4Vets. In 2017 John took over as President of Racing4Vets to consolidate our programs to three main areas of focus: adaptive sports, automotive training and careers, and an advanced competition program.
John resides in Tampa, Florida where he leads the Racing4Vets automotive training and competition program.

kbanfield_140Kerin Banfield
Regional Director, Board of Directors
Cincinnati, OH
Kerin joined Racing4Vets in 2013 as the Regional Director and head of the Karting program in Ohio. She has worked with hundreds of service-disabled Veterans with Racing4Vets and as an internationally recognized wheelchair rugby referee with the United States Quad Rugby Referees Association. Kerin is an active go-kart racer with Ohio Valley Karting Association and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Dayton. Kerin is a CPA and lives in the Cincinnati, OH area.

Lawrence Klamecki
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
Larkspur, CA
Lawrence co-founded Racing4Vets in September, 2012 to benefit disabled U.S. Military veterans. As a long-time amateur race car driver, he shares his passion for motorsports with Veterans to achieve success and happiness in their lives. Lawrence comes from a family with a long history of service in the U.S. military. Both grandfathers served in the Pacific during World War II. His grandmother ran the USO overseas gift program for Northern California for three wars. His father and cousin both served in the U.S. Army.

Phara E. McLachlan
Board of Directors
Phara joined the Racing4Vets Board of Directors in 2015. She has over 20 years of strategy and operations, innovation, marketing, technology and consulting experience. Phara lives in the Tampa Bay, FL area.

Pete Blum
Webmaster and Social Media Manager
Tampa, FL
Pete Blum joined Racing4Vets in 2016 as the Webmaster and Social Media Manager​. Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, Pete joined the military​ at age 17. After serving 11 years he received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines and pursued a career in technology. Currently as the CIO of a Tampa Bay small business Pete brings his technology skills and leadership to help Racing4Vets maintain a strong online presence.​ Pete lives with his family in the Tampa Bay, FL area.