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Ric Elias

Co-Founder & CEO of Red Ventures; Survivor of the Hudson Plane Crash

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 Ric Elias Biography

Ric Elias was given the gift of a miracle: to face near-certain death, and then to come back and live differently.

A native of Puerto Rico, Elias attended Boston College and Harvard Business School before starting his career as part of GE's Financial Management program. He cofounded Red Ventures in 2000, just months before the dot-com bubble burst. The company weathered the storm; by 2007 it was ranked fourth on the Inc. 500 list, and in 2015 the company was valuated at more than $1 billion. Elias has cultivated an award-winning company culture, ranking as a "Best Place to Work" in Charlotte, North Carolina, for ten years in a row.

Elias's leadership style and personal life are deeply influenced by his experience as a survivor of Flight 1549, also known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." He is devoted to using his platform to "leave the woodpile higher than he found it" -- spinning out multiple nonprofits from Red Ventures over the years, all of which are aimed at creating educational opportunity and economic mobility for under-served groups. In 2018, Elias launched Forward787, a social enterprise committed to raising and deploying $100 million to build businesses in Puerto Rico that compete with the world's top companies. In 2019, he launched a podcast, 3 Things with Ric Elias, as a continuation of the learning journey he shared on the TED stage.

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Ric Elias

Co-Founder & CEO of Red Ventures; Survivor of the Hudson Plane Crash

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Ric Elias Biography

Ric Elias was given the gift of a miracle: to face near-certain death, and then to come back and live differently.

A native of Puerto Rico, Elias attended Boston College and Harvard Business School before starting his career as part of GE's Financial Management program. He cofounded Red Ventures in 2000, just months before the dot-com bubble burst. The company weathered the storm; by 2007 it was ranked fourth on the Inc. 500 list, and in 2015 the company was valuated at more than $1 billion. Elias has cultivated an award-winning company culture, ranking as a "Best Place to Work" in Charlotte, North Carolina, for ten years in a row.

Elias's leadership style and personal life are deeply influenced by his experience as a survivor of Flight 1549, also known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." He is devoted to using his platform to "leave the woodpile higher than he found it" -- spinning out multiple nonprofits from Red Ventures over the years, all of which are aimed at creating educational opportunity and economic mobility for under-served groups. In 2018, Elias launched Forward787, a social enterprise committed to raising and deploying $100 million to build businesses in Puerto Rico that compete with the world's top companies. In 2019, he launched a podcast, 3 Things with Ric Elias, as a continuation of the learning journey he shared on the TED stage.

Ric Elias Videos

  • Making education more accessible | Ric Elias
    Out of 1.1 million illegal immigrant students in the US, only 5% go to college. They are offered no financial aid, and they cannot pay in-state ...
  • 3 things I learned while my plane crashed | Ric Elias
    Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009.

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  • How to book Ric Elias?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ric Elias for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ric Elias, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ric Elias or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ric Elias?

    Booking fees for Ric Elias, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ric Elias, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ric Elias?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ric Elias for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ric Elias for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ric Elias or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ric Elias or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Ric Elias Speaker Videos

  • Making education more accessible | Ric Elias
    Out of 1.1 million illegal immigrant students in the US, only 5% go to college. They are offered no financial aid, and they cannot pay in-state ...
    3 things I learned while my plane crashed | Ric Elias
    Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009.

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