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 private membership club and A3C a music, tech, and film conference and festival.
At the age of 24, Ryan and his business partner raised private capital from investors to open their first Gathering Spot location. The club in Atlanta has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs and regularly hosts some of Atlanta’s most notable and culturally impactful events. 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, named one of “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” by Atlanta Magazine, and was the recipient of the John Lewis Emerging Leader Award by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. Ryan has also been featured in notable national publications such as Fast Company, 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 universities including Georgetown University Law Center, the 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.