A lifelong entrepreneur, Ryan Thompson began working at age 11 with a paper route in Ada, Oklahoma and by age 18, he was managing a multimillion dollar event budget and traveling the world to produce conferences and tradeshows. By 21, Ryan had visited more than 30 countries and logged 1,300,000 airline miles—earning lifetime status on American Airlines among others.
In 2000, Ryan decided to combine his love of marketing, technology and experience design with his passion for travel and Aria was born. Over 15 years, Aria became nationally known for destination-focused branding and technology-enabled marketing solutions that engaged consumers in ways that paid advertising could not. Aria evolved through mergers and acquisitions into Odyssey, a digital agency built for tourism, entertainment and lifestyle brands. In 2018, Odyssey was acquired by Miles Partnership to expand the organization’s story and experiential marketing capabilities. Today, Ryan is a senior vice president at Miles Partnership and operates a portfolio of business including Odyssey.
Ryan is a nationally recognized public speaker on topics relating to tourism, strategy, consumer behavior, destination marketing and digital advertising. In 2013, Outskirts Press published Ryan’s first book, "Disruption—Destination Marketing in the Post-Advertising Age" available at booksellers nationwide.