Seattle, WA USA
Bio: Anthony (Tony) Ridnell was born in New York City on January 1, 1961 and grew up in Bronxville, New York and Sydney, Australia. He graduated a 2nd Lieutenant in 1982 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. His undying avocation is to support Rugby football in America become a mainstream sport, and for the National Teams (Eagles) of both sexes to be Championship contenders at all levels of the international Rugby stage. His rugby career culminated representing the USA Eagles (USA National Team) in three separate Rugby World Cup events (1987, 1991, and 1993) and is one of only a few to have represented the USA on three such occasions. Ridnell founded TRInternational, Inc. (TRI) in 1994 and 25 years later serves as TRI’s CEO. He has sat on the Board of Directors - National Association of Chemical Distributors (2000 – 2008) & Board of Advisors, Seattle University Albers School of Business. (2006 - Present). TRI conducts over $70 Million in sales, w 30 employees. The company has 4 regional offices in the USA, a Global Trade headquarters in Dubai UAE, & sourcing office in Shanghai, China He lives on a small family farm in Issaquah, WA (www.foxhollowfamilyfarm.com) with his wife, Autumn, and three beautiful daughters (Kyra, Maddy, and Gabby) and his son, Harrison, where they tend to a variety of farm animals including many horses, peacocks, chickens, pigs, cats and numerous animals.
Hi Tony, Your story is an inspiration to me, as a small chemical distributor I would like to aspire to a fraction of what you have achieved! Congratulations and I would love to work with you in someway!!
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TR: Would love to hear your view on the part the event owners, not USA Rugby, did or should play in securing national coverage and buliding strategic partnerships that benefit the development of Rugby at the grass roots levels. This tournament is a for profit business. As long as the fan base and ticket sales continue to grow there is no need for them to actively partner with RIM, step out of their comfort zones, innovate and take risks.
Pls clarify: Which tournament, and what is your definition of ‘continues to grow’?