Ric Elias

Ric Elias

Co-Founder & CEO

Ric Elias is CEO and co-founder of Red Ventures. In 2009, he survived the "Miracle on the Hudson,” which led to his viral TED Talk, "3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed." In 2011, Ric was named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Ric has founded several social impact initiatives including RoadtoHire, Golden Door Scholars, LifeSports, and Forward787. A native of Puerto Rico, Ric attended Boston College and Harvard Business School.

Posts by Ric Elias

Living Longer & Happier (Marshall Rauch) Read More

Living Longer & Happier (Marshall Rauch)

What’s the secret to living a longer, happier life? How can we all create our own luck, and extend our "peak performance?" According to Marshall Rauch, the answer is simple. "Don't take yourself too seriously."

Training to Win (with Christian McCaffrey & Luke Kuechly) Read More

Training to Win (with Christian McCaffrey & Luke Kuechly)

Even if you're NOT aiming to become an NFL MVP, here's one thing to remember: "You'll never reach the peak." Enjoy the process, and know there's always another gear.

Motivating Greatness (with Ron Rivera) Read More

Motivating Greatness (with Ron Rivera)

How does Ron Rivera motivate greatness in the Carolina Panthers? By leading with clarity and focus, and most importantly - being in the moment.

Becoming #1 (with Andy Roddick) Read More

Becoming #1 (with Andy Roddick)

What does it take to become Number 1? How do you sustain that level of performance over time? And how do you make the call when it’s time to move on to something else?

From Ric: Open Letter to Golden Door Scholars Read More

From Ric: Open Letter to Golden Door Scholars

Golden Door Scholars will now be open to undocumented students who do not have DACA. Tough times test leadership, and we hope others with public voices or power will do the same. - 4 minute read

Discipline (with Jay Bilas) Read More

Discipline (with Jay Bilas)

In part two of this two-part episode, Ric and ESPN sports analyst Jay Bilas talk about life outside of basketball. - 1 Minute read

Madness (with Jay Bilas) Read More

Madness (with Jay Bilas)

In part one of this two-part episode, Ric sits down with ESPN sports analyst Jay Bilas during the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament. - 1 minute read

Failure (with Dan O’Brien) Read More

Failure (with Dan O’Brien)

He's an American former decathlete and Olympic gold medalist who had one of the most dramatic moments in sports history – and then one of the greatest comebacks of all time. - 1 minute read

Impact (with Mark Tatum) Read More

Impact (with Mark Tatum)

NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Mark Tatum talks globalization and the future of sports betting. - 1 minute read

Revenge (with Bobby Flay) Read More

Revenge (with Bobby Flay)

World-famous chef, restaurateur, and TV star Bobby Flay shares stories from Iron Chef to the White House. - 1 minute read

Awareness (with Dandapani) Read More

Awareness (with Dandapani)

Dandapani lived as a monk for 10 years and now travels the world as a leading mindfulness expert. - 1 minute read

Revolution (with Leymah Gbowee) Read More

Revolution (with Leymah Gbowee)

The inspiring story of an activist and Nobel Peace prize winner who helped end the civil war in Liberia. - 1 minute read