Louis Tharp, BS/BA. ([email protected]) Executive Director, GHLF. After running a successful international public relations, advertising and marketing company for nearly 20 years, taking equity positions in tech companies during the ‘90s and working for some of the largest international PR and marketing agencies, Louis Tharp became a social entrepreneur in 1999, and co-founded and acted as the initial funder for CreakyJoints, an international non-profit organization for people with arthritis.
Lou was previously a contract writer for The New York Times as well as other daily newspapers, and published his first hardcover book, The Complete Manager’s Guide to Promotional Merchandise (Dow-Jones Irwin) in 1989, named one of the top business books of the year by Library Journal.
He is a competitive swimmer with a World Masters bronze medal, a Gay Games double gold and double silver medalist, and a double silver and doublt bronze Outgames medalist. He was the swim coach for the U.S. Military Academy Triathlon team at West Point, NY, and published Overachiever’s Diary in 2007, a softcover book recounting the West Point tri team’s rise to national prominence. He has donated all profits from the sale of this book to the West Point triathlon team and individually coached a West Point graduate training for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
From 2003 to 2008, Lou served on the Board of Visitors for the College of Business at Butler University, Indianapolis where he graduated with a B.S. and a B.A. in Journalism in 1972. In March, 2012, he took an Obama Administration service appointment reporting to the Secretary of Defense as a member of the Army Education Advisory Committee. He was reconfirmed for an additional three-year appointment in 2014