Atlanta 500: Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson
Co-founder and CEO
The Gathering Spot

As CEO of the Gathering Spot, which he co-founded with T.K. Petersen, Ryan Wilson oversees a private membership club billing itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. Wilson and Petersen raised more than $3 million in private capital to open the space in 2016 in a former rail car turnaround. An Atlanta native, Wilson was recognized in 2017 as the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Small Business Person of the Year.

Education: Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law Center (JD)
First job: Working at my parents’ first company, Ryla Teleservices, at the age of 14. I was responsible for updating the business records for one of their largest clients.
Best advice received: Overwhelm the problem. Work aggressively to find solutions.
Few people know: I’ve been known to wait in line a time or two for new releases of tech products or sneakers.
Favorite TV show: The Wire
Favorite travel destination: South Africa
Charities: Peace Preparatory Academy, Hands On Atlanta
Who’d play me in a biopic: Donald Glover

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