Ryan Wilson is CEO and Co-founder of The Gathering Spot Holdings, a members only private club with locations in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and LA coming soon. In this role he is responsible for the club's overall management and strategic vision. He is also CEO of A3C Festival & Conference.
A lawyer by training, Wilson founded the company with his co-founder, TK Petersen, after identifying the need for a space for professionals of all backgrounds to have a private membership experience that spoke to their business and social interests.
- He has been honored as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle,
- He was selected as one of the 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under Forty honorees.
- He was the recipient of the John Lewis Emerging Leader Award by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
- He was also selected to join the inaugural class of Shea Moisture’s Social Justice Coalition.
- Atlanta Magazine named him one of “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” from 2019 through 2021.
- He was awarded Atlanta’s Best Inﬂuencer by WXIA-TV.
- He has also been named one of the country’s most inﬂuential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100.
- He has been featured in notable national publications such as The New York Times, Essence, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huﬃngton Post, and USA Today.
- He is a trusted speaker and regularly moderates conversations with thought leaders and other notable ﬁgures.
- His work has also led to keynote presentations at some of the nation’s most prestigious companies and universities including Google, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Deloitte, 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.
Board and Advisor Roles, Philanthropy, Community Service and Memberships
Mr. Wilson is an active participant in several Atlanta civic and community organizations. He is a Board Member of Peace Preparatory Academy, a neighborhood school and community resource center in Atlanta, GA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hands On Atlanta, a non-profit organization which connects changemakers to nonprofits and schools in need, while engaging socially responsible companies to help make a difference in our community. He is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the 100 Black Men and the Atlanta Rotary Club and serves as Co-Chair for the Black Men Count Initiative of Fair Count.
Mr. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degrees from Georgetown University.