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Dot Com Internet Entrepreneur, UCF Alumnus and Celebrity Booking Agent

Email: ryan@tornadopromotions.com

Co-Founder of RedCarpetMonday, TornadoPromotions.com, Athlete Promotions and EliteJets, Ryan was born in Edison, New Jersey on December 30, 1977. A celebrity agent, Ryan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1999 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. He was recently named the winner of the 2003 University of Central Florida Rising Star Award for the College of Business and nominated for top 40 under 40 in the Orlando Business Journal. Ryan currently lives in fast growing downtown Orlando, Florida and has started four successful companies over the past ten years. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing flag football, softball, golf, tennis, running, working out, traveling to NYC and Las Vegas, following the business ideas of Internet billionaire Mark Cuban, and listening to the music of John Mayer, Robin Thicke and Michael Buble.

In May of 2006, Ryan created RedCarpetMonday, an exclusive Invitation-Only business network for Central Florida's top business owners, professionals, senior level executives and entrepreneurs. The live events are designed for professionals to relax, socialize and share business ideas. The website is a networking community for members to interact and build business relationships. All the event details, dates, times and locations are at RedCarpetMonday.com

Quick Background:

Being actively involved in sports all his life, he had dreams of pursuing a career in baseball, which fell through due to a knee injury. In high school, he was also among the top wide receivers in Central Florida. Ryan is also an I.F.P.A. Certified Personal Trainer and is considered a successful Internet entrepreneur starting four companies. His specialty is search engine marketing, website consulting and building businesses on the web. He has implemented successful marketing strategies for many well known companies such as American Express, Overture, EliteJets, Insurance.com, PriceLine.com, LowerMyBills.com and more.

While attending the University of Central Florida, he started CollegeInvestors.com, a site teaching college students about investing, offering career advice, a section for students to post their resumes and other fun college stuff. The site was voted to the Top 100 sites for college students by U Magazine. He was hired as the "Webmaster" for StockDr.com, Inc., an Orlando-based money management company and nationally syndicated investment radio show, where he worked for three years.


Since then, Ryan has started four successful Internet companies. Totka.com Website Services, a website development company, which was the first started back in May of 2002.  Then in late 2002 he co-founded TornadoPromotions.com, Inc., an Internet marketing consulting firm based out of Orlando, Florida. They currently have over 200 clients, providing search engine marketing services website development and strategic Internet partnerships.



Another company Ryan co-founded in May of 2006 was EliteJets, which provides corporate executives, celebrities and luxury travelers private jet charter services to destinations all across the globe.

Other ventures include
TornadoEntertainment.com, a site promoting top athletes such as Lebron James, Torry Holt, Daunte Culpepper, Carmelo Anthony and many other top athletes and entertainers.
They have also co-founded MusicFreedom.com with JC Chasez of *NSYNC, a popular music site promoting unsigned musical talent.

Real estate has been another passion for Ryan. He has started two real estate information sites, Orlando-Developments.com, a site featuring luxury communities in the Orlando area and CondoBoom.net, which displays the latest preconstruction, new and condo conversions throughout the state of Florida.

Being involved in sports all his life, he has a vast knowledge of the marketing and business of sports. He also currently serves as the founder of AthletePromotions.com, one of the top athlete appearance, sports speakers bureaus and endorsement booking agencies in the country. Along the way, he's worked with many world class athletes, such as Vince Carter, Joe Theismann, Pat Summerall, Nick Anderson, Thurman Thomas, William "The Fridge" Perry, Spud Webb, Zack Greinke, Rickie Weeks, Steve Garvey, Torry Holt, Lebron James and more, which is an experience like no other (beside catching a touchdown pass).

Ryan is also a partner in FindVenture.com, a site connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs with private equity firms looking to fund their industries thanks to a sophisticated matching algorithm and team of expert business consultants. FindVenture utilizes technology, the web, and relationships with accredited investors to streamline the process of deal-making between the entrepreneur and investor.

Being an Orlando resident and die hard Magic fan, in April of 2011, Ryan started a grass roots campaign called StayDwight.com, a fan community to help keep Dwight Howard secure in Orlando. With the departure of Shaq years ago and what we have seen happen in Cleveland with LeBron, he thought it was a much needed campaign to help rally the community to show Dwight he means to the city of Orlando and keep the economy and local businesses going strong for years to come.


With a strong passion for baseball, one day Ryan would like to own a minor league baseball team and implement sports marketing tactics, like his Billionaire idol Mark Cuban founder of Broadcast.com,  owner of the Dallas Mavericks and HDNet. Mark sold Broadcast.com to Yahoo for over $2 billion back in 1999. Ryan recently had the chance to meet Mark and talk about sports and business. Read some of Mark Cuban's Thoughts and Opinions on  .

 

Up Close with Ryan (Some of His Favorites)
Pro Baseball Team: Baltimore Orioles Pro Football Team: Oakland Raiders
Favorite Baseball Players:
Brady Anderson /
Grady Sizemore
Favorite Football Players:
Wayne Chrebet / Matt Leinart
College Football Teams: Notre Dame and UCF (give'em a few years)
Hockey Team: New Jersey Devils Basketball Team: Dallas Mavericks
Hockey Player: Pavel Bure Basketball Players: Vince Carter and Steve Nash
Favorite Inspirational Motivators:
Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks) -  P. Diddy (Rapper and Entrepreneur)
Favorite Singers / Musicians: Robin Thicke, Brian McKnight, Edwin McCain, Craig David, JC Chasez, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Sting, Michael Buble and of course Frank Sinatra
Favorite Actors: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Matthew McConaughey
Best Friend: Big Joe Ellicott (my boy from Daytona for 17 years)
Favorite Actresses: Katie Holmes and Vanessa Marcil
Favorite Movies: Swingers, Made, Rudy, The Rookie, Invincible and Wedding Crashers
Favorite Places to Visit: New York City and Vegas Baby (Mandalay Bay)
Favorite Vehicles: Black Hummer H2, Mercedes SL 500 and the Aston Martin Vanquish
Favorite Drinks: Red Bull and
Sweet Iced Tea
Favorite Foods: Sushi, Angel Hair Pasta,
Blue Crabs and Chicken Wings
Favorite Websites: BlogMaverick.com, CBS SportsLine, IdeaCafe.com, Google.com
Favorite Hobbies: Collecting Sports Memorabilia, Flag Football, Softball, Golf, Tennis, Working Out, Biking, Rollerblading, Traveling and Starting Internet Companies
Favorite Quotes:
- Work Hard, Play Hard
- The Greatest Risk is Not Taking One
-  Live Everyday Like It's Your Last!

Recent Education:
Ryan has recently updated his internet knowledge at a four day Search Engine Strategies Conference & Expo 2006 in NYC.  This conference featured presentations from Google, Yahoo, AskJeeves and panel discussions that cover all aspects of search engine-related promotion. Ryan learned the latest trends in the search engine world and many new ways to improve free and paid listings. He has also been recently educated by Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur, Mark Cuban at a speech in NYC...Read All About the Conference


Ryan's Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs:
It's not going to be easy, so get ready to work hard. Build something for the long-term, but do your research before you get started. On the Internet, anything is possible. You have a global presence, 24/7. People start businesses, express ideas and find love. The sky is the limit with your creativity. If you have an idea, run with it. Make it happen now, because the greatest risk is not taking one.


>>> View Pictures of Ryan and Some Athletes Clients

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