Ryan Blair‘s path to entrepreneurial success was anything but ordinary; he grew up in an LA gang, lived with a meth addicted father, landed in jail and dropped out of high school his freshman year, yet managed to transform his life. Ryan’s life was changed by a mentor that saw his potential despite his flaws. Mentoring at-risk youth has become Ryan’s greatest passion and he strives to give back by helping teens turn their lives around and become future entrepreneurs.
A New York Times Best Selling author of “Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain,” Ryan is the CEO and Co-Founder of ViSalus. Founded in 2005, ViSalus is the company behind the wildly successful Body by Vi™ Challenge, a 90-day weight and fitness transformation platform. Simple, rewarding and fun—the Body by Vi™ Challenge is the fastest growing weight-loss and fitness Challenge in North America today.
In August 2011, Blair published theNew York Times Best Seller,Nothing To Lose and Everything To Gain: How I Went From Gang Member To Multimillionaire Entrepreneur (now available in Paperback, also a #1 New York Times bestseller), an uncensored personal account of overcoming a life of adversity and a road map for entrepreneurial success through the process of reinvention, while simultaneously facing the biggest professional challenge of his career: rescuing his company, ViSalus.
Shortly after the 2008 recession and just one month from having to declare bankruptcy, Blair and his business partners personally invested in a new business model that would later revolutionize the direct selling industry. In less than three years, Ryan Blair took ViSalus from $600,000 in sales per month to $600 million in annual sales and climbing, and documented the path to success in his book, step by step, proving that any obstacle in business, and in life, can be overcome using survival skills and a nothing to lose mindset.
Blair regularly appears as a business expert on national television networks such as CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox. He has also been featured in major publications including Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. In 2012, Blair was named one of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year in the category for consumer products. Blair is also a contributor for the Financial Times andForbes.com, and took a turn in movie production serving as Executive Producer of Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story, an award winning documentary about the legendary LSU Basketball Coach.