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Ryan Blair is an entrepreneur, author, and inspiring speaker whose heartfelt stories have touched more than a million lives. He is the Founder and CEO of ViSalus Sciences, the company behind the fastest growth health movement in North America, the Body by Vi Challenge. With the company on pace to exceed $200 million in revenue in 2011, Mr. Blair has the chance to speak all over the world about the values of entrepreneurship and determination that shaped his career.
Mr. Blair founded ViSalus in 2005, bringing a decade of entrepreneurial expertise and business leadership to the table. He has created six enterprises over his career, starting with computer support firm 24/7 Tech, which he established in 1998 at the age of 19. Leading the way to pioneering the wireless broadband industry with his second start-up SkyPipeline, he oversaw the merger between SkyPipeline and NextWeb in 2004 in a $25 million transaction. Through his technology company, PathConnect, he eventually served on boards of companies such as SkiSpace, Make The Difference Network, FragMob, and SolutionX.
It is as CEO of ViSalus, however, that Ryan Blair has achieved his most recent and most notable successes. With over 2,000% growth in the last 3 years, ViSalus is set to expand globally with Mr. Blair's guidance in the years to come. Over 1,000 a day are joining the company's Body by Vi Challenge, which helps people achieve their weight loss and fitness goals using ViSalus products for 90 Days. In August 2008, he led the union between ViSalus Sciences® and Blyth Inc., a billion dollar company with nearly 20 years experience in the global direct selling industry.
Often profiled by the media as an entrepreneurial role model, Ryan Blair has given hundreds of motivational speeches and regularly appears on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, MSNBC's Your Business and Fox Business In addition, he has been featured in Time Magazine, Men's Health & Fitness, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Forbes.
Mr. Blair is the author of Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain--How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur, which tells the story of his climb from troubled youth to influential figure of American business. He says, "I have a plan to restore the American dream, to make the liars pay. Innovate them out of existence. It does not matter what your education is or is not. Democrat or Republican. What matters is your mindset. The dedication to finding a way to make profits while keeping promises, to create jobs, to create companies, and to be part of companies that are finding ways to cut out the people who collapsed our economy in the first place."
Ryan Blair is utilizing the tools of entrepreneurship to build a new America. One where authenticity commands respect of the powers that lead and your contribution to society is not taxed, but rather, invested in. Where the more jobs you create, and the more problems you solve, the more you are rewarded. He believes we need to start turning our ideas into jobs, our purpose into products, and our services into service.
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