Ryan Wilson

Co-Founder and CEO, The Gathering Spot

Ryan Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of TGS Holdings, a consumer lifestyle and hospitality company based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company’s holdings consist of The Gathering Spot, a next-generation members-only club, The Gather, a subscription-based media platform, and A3C, music, tech, and film conference.

At the age of 24, Ryan and his business partner raised north of three million dollars of private capital from investors to open their first Gathering Spot. The club in Atlanta is now home to over 2,000 members and has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. Responsible for the company’s overall management and strategic vision across all holdings, Ryan is also leading the club’s physical expansion to Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and forthcoming markets.

Ryan has been recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, has been named as one of the country’s most influential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100, and has been listed among “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” by Atlanta Magazine. Ryan has also been featured in notable national publications such as Forbes, Inc, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and USA Today. He has given keynote presentations at some of the nation’s most prestigious business schools including Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

A native to Atlanta, Ryan is currently an active participant in several Atlanta civic and community organizations. He most proudly serves on the board for Hands on Atlanta, The Atlanta Business League, and Peace Preparatory Academy. Ryan graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.

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