Ryan Thompson

Partner, VP Growth

A lifelong entrepreneur, Ryan began working at age 11, with a paper route in Ada, Oklahoma. At 14, he was a part-time shipping clerk at a computer technology company. And, by age 18, he managed the multi-million dollar trade show budget for the company as it experienced exponential growth. In the disruptive trade show environment, Ryan realized that focusing on total experience was a key to building strong client relationships. His career enjoyed continued success as he rose to the highest marketing position in the company.  During this time, Ryan attended the University of Oklahoma and received a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing.Then tragedy struck. In 1999, Ryan broke his neck and was very nearly paralyzed. The injury left him unable to move; confined to a hospital bed for months. This idle time and newfound perspective on life provided an opportunity. And, in 2000, Ariamedia was born.In just over 10 years, Ariamedia has evolved into Aria. What was once primarily a web creation and design firm, has evolved into a full-service, digital agency with a focus on the interaction between brand and consumer, and the entire brand-consumer experience.In 2013, Outskirts Press engaged Ryan to publish his first book Disruption: Destination Marketing in the Post-Advertising Age, a book on modern marketing for travel and tourism professionals.

Account Experience

Greater Palm Springs CVB, City of Dallas, Corpus Christi CVB, Experience Arlington, Chickasaw Nation, City of Southlake, City of Sugar Land, Cayuga Hospitality, Dallas Arts District, Denton CVB, Kimbell Art Museum, Sixth Floor at Dealey Plaza, Lubbock CVB, Mesquite CVB, Town of Addison, Travel & Adventure Show