Ryan S. Blair
Director of APA Group
Originally from the West Coast of the United States, Ryan has developed a career in Asia specializing in outdoor education, skills training, and adventure sport event & athlete management. After completing a degree in international business and taking part in adventures throughout the Rocky and Himalayan Mountains, Ryan settled in Hong Kong in 1995.
In 2000-1, Ryan played a key role in establishing a partnership between Action Asia and National Geographic, and subsequently, managed the first series of international adventure races in Asia. Ryan developed races in Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia, with the events broadcasted internationally on ESPN-Star Sports and the National Geographic Channel.
After relocating to Singapore in 2001 to carry out consulting work in the outdoor education industry, Ryan returned to Hong Kong in 2002 to establish a partnership and Asia Pacific Adventure with friend and former colleague, Stuart Sharpless. Over several years, this partnership evolved into a group of companies, namely, APA Group, spanning many areas of the outdoor sector, as well as, corporate training, retail and filming industries.
Ryan is also an elite adventure sports athlete who has managed Asia’s #1 adventure team over the past decade, The North Face Adventure team. He has won numerous regional adventure races and trail running events, and competed in several expedition and stage adventure race world championships. Ryan has helped nurture and manage many top Asian ultra-trail runners and adventure racers while pursuing his passion to inspire others to get outside to enjoy and value our great outdoors.