Ryan S. Blair
Director of APA Group
Originally from the West Coast of the United States, Ryan has developed a career in Asia specialising in outdoor education, skills training, as well as adventure sport event and 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.
By 1997, Ryan had been responsible for organising several sports and entertainment events in Hong Kong, and in 1998 became Race Director of the first adventure race in Hong Kong, Action Asia Challenge. In addition, Ryan was Director of Activities for an outdoor youth charity, Action Asia Foundation and spearheaded several projects in Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan.
In 2000, 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.