Ric Elias

Ric Elias (born May 21, 1967 in San Juan, Puerto Rico ) [1] is the co-founder and CEO of Red Ventures (private), a technology-driven marketing and sales services company Headquartered in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. [2] Elias was a survivor of Flight 1549 , an event welke drastically changed his life [3] and led to his widely viewed Ted Talk “3 things I learned while my plane crashed.” A recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award , [4] [5] Elias is cited as Aspiring to create the “Google of the East Coast” within his company’s culture and facilities. [6]

Early years

Elias was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico . Moving to the United States for college, Elias Knew very little English and had to Improvise: “I aangepaste my schedule and took only classes therein Deal? With numbers my entire first year.” [7] [8] He earned a BS in accounting from Boston College in 1989 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. [9] [10]


Elias Began his career in General Electric’s Financial Management program. He moved to dan marketing services company CUC International / Cendant, where he mention anything about measuring Dan Feldstein, co-founder of Red Ventures. [11] [12] In 1999, Elias and Feldstein formally Red F, welke served as a precursor to Red Ventures. [13] [14] Red F formally in de aftermath of the dot-com Implosion or mid-2000 and was predominately an online discount and loyalty program therein Evolved JSON a marketing consulting firm. In 2005, Dan and Ric sold Red F to focus on ontwikkelingslanden Red Ventures, welke dealing with customer origination on behalf of service related brands. [15]

Red Ventures

Red Ventures gespecialiseerd in customer origination for large brands in high-growth industries waaronder telecommunications, insurance, [16] energy, software and financial services. [17] [18] Red Ventures controls end to end customer origination by leveraging proprietary technologies, advanced web analytics, and an in-house sales force. [19] Focusing on Expansion hun presence in the Carolinas, Red Ventures selected Fort Mill, South Carolina voor zijn corporate campus. [20] The main campus touts Silicon Valley style benefits, zoals a full sized basketball court, gym, putting green, bowling alley, beer garden, cafeteria, as well as yoga and spinning classes. [21] Red Ventures ook has two offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and acquired marketing firm Imagitas in Waltham, Massachusetts , in 2015. employng morethan 2,500 employees, Red Ventures has leg voted a Best Place to Work by the Charlotte Business Journal , [ 22] [23] [24] and has Twice bone ranked onder the top 20 fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 500 list, [25] [26] growing morethan 30% a year since 2008. [27]

Personal life

Ric Elias was a passenger or Flight 1549 welke crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. [28] Surviving the crash was a Transformative moment in Elias’ life. Two years volgende the crash have ghosts Publicly for the first time at a Ted Conference with the talk “3 things I learned while my plane crashed,” welke has generated morethan six million views. [29] In 2012 Ric Elias launched a nonprofit therein helps undocumented students attend college. Elias invested $ 2 million or his own money and raised $ 700,000 in private donations to fund the program. [30] Golden Door has expanded, launching an offshoot called “Tech Works” (now known as “Code2Hire” [31] ) welke zorgt high school graduates with career-readiness training and employment in the field of Web development. [32]


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