Our Leadership

John B. Bryan



marathon leadershipJohn B. Bryan is the co-founder, principal, and President of Marathon Group. Always focused on business development in the dealer and call-center sector, Mr. Bryan has piloted the Marathon Group through critical transition phases, including mergers/acquisitions, capitalizations/financing and regulatory compliance, while also managing operational functions such as professional/technical staffing, budget reductions, business planning and treasury controls. He also oversees Marathon Group’s strategic planning, project valuation, due diligence, deal parameter and negotiation processes. For example, in 2014, Mr. Bryan accomplished the successful roll-out of Sparta Capital Management as the finance piece of Marathon Group’s vertical integration, negotiating a multi-million line of credit from strategic partner Texas Capital Bank.

His entrepreneurial and operational experience includes automotive sales, finance/lending, hospitality, real estate and energy.

Mr. Bryan holds dual degrees from Texas Christian University, and is fluent in Spanish. As a veteran of the US Marine Corps, he is a tireless advocate of veterans’ issues in addition to his many other charitable endeavors.

Allen Kreke

Executive Vice President


marathon leadershipAllen Kreke joined Marathon Financial Insurance Company at the company’s founding in 2000. Allen’s 25 years of insurance industry experience helps provide oversight and guidance on all aspects of company operations. Under his leadership, Marathon has grown into the Marathon Group of companies, with seven distinct business entities. He is actively involved in the implementation of new service contract programs and the business development efforts of the sales staff. Allen believes in the philosophy of being a good partner, and he strives to promote that value in all business decisions at Marathon Group.

Bob Detmer

Claims Manager


marathon leadershipBob Detmer joined Marathon Financial Insurance Company in 2000 as Claims Manager. Bob brings over 20 years of automobile repair experience to the Marathon family, and he oversees a staff of over 30 claims adjustors and customer service representatives. He is involved in the daily claims administration process by performing random call and claim audits and hearing claims appeals, all in an effort to ensure customers receive excellent service. Bob works closely with the business office to monitor program performance by reviewing loss ratios and vehicle classing. Bob’s dedication to customer service helps guarantee Marathon remains Best in Class for Vehicle Protection.

Pam Rakers

Vice President, Actuary Audit


marathon leadershipPam Rakers joined Marathon Financial Insurance Company in 2002 to assist with accounting, but quickly transitioned to her current role of coordinating the actuary audit. Pam oversees the compilation and review of financial information for the actuary report, as well as assisting with numerous business analysis projects. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. With Pam being familiar with all of the companies’ operations, she is frequently assigned as mentor to new employees. Pam believes in the value of giving back, and she coordinates Marathon Group’s sponsorship donation efforts to local organizations.