Ryan Long was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Throughout his childhood he was presented with many difficult obstacles. Ryan was born with a congenital deformity known as clubfoot. Also, Ryan’s father left when he was very young, leaving his mother to raise Ryan on her own. Ryan spent the first two years of his life in surgeries and was immobilize by casts and bars that were bolted to the sides of his legs. Together, Ryan and his mother faced these challenges head on.
As Ryan got older and his legs grew stronger, he made up for the time he lost not being able to run and play, with a zeal for sports. Throughout elementary school, all the way through high school, athletics were his sole passion. They provided him with guidance and discipline that have served him well throughout his life.
During Ryan’s formative years his grandfather, James Daniel Long, filled the role of a father figure. Ryan recalls when he was eleven years old; he was struggling in Little League. After watching his grandson strike out three times in a row, his grandfather offered to help Ryan learn how to hit the ball. Ryan was very resistant to the idea at first, but his mother was able to convince him, “Just give Granddad a chance.” Ryan eventually agreed.
Ryan’s grandfather took him to the batting cages and he pushed his grandson so hard that by the end of the session Ryan’s were covered with blisters. The strategy, however, paid off. The very next game Long hit a triple, and a game-winning home run! To this day Ryan cherishes the lesson his grandfather’s guidance taught him - a little support could make all the difference in the world.
Ryan excelled academically in college, but when he learned he was to become a father, even though he was only 21 years old, Ryan was faced with a difficult choice. But thanks to the guidance of his grandfather and the memory of the sacrifices his mother made as a single mom, he decided to quit school to focus on being a dad. It’s a decision he’s never regretted.
Aaron Christopher Long was born on February 9th, 2001. Ryan was inspired by the birth of his new son and wanted to provide him with the best possible upbringing, so he went back to school and studied bio-mechanics, kinesiology, and health so that he could become a personal fitness trainer. Ryan started working at LA Fitness and in just two short years he rose to the level of Fitness Director of several LA Fitness locations.
Ryan’s longtime friend, Royce McCalman, then approached him with an opportunity to invest in a nightclub promotion business. Their first event was at the Rio Lounge and Grill, in Encino California. Ryan soon discovered that were great opportunities with music showcases for upcoming talent. Long soon started throwing nightclub parties and teaming up with other top Los Angeles promoters in promoting music showcases, and to produce events for adult entertainment industry businesses. This built momentum for Long and he became even more ambitious about the entertainment industry. In 2008, Long flew his best friend, Mark Pilkenroth, out to Los Angeles to assist him in partnership of a new music showcase company with ambitions of making it a worldwide production.
In 2009 Long was involved with his first event at the Playboy Mansion. Ryan was inspired by the success of that event and was part of several other functions at the Mansion. In 2012 Ryan Ryan stepped up to the role of Executive Producer for the first time. On the evening of the Grammy Awards, Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted “Fame at the Mansion” to benefit the Angelwish Foundation. Two days after the event, Combs went on to the Jimmy Kimmel late night show and described the event as his “best party of all time.”
For his next endeavor, several philanthropists and humanitarians influenced Ryan. In the winter of 2012, he had an idea to bring President Bill Clinton to Hollywood during the week of the Academy Awards. Long also developed the idea of providing a platform for Oscar winner James Cameron to support an upstart charity named Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY), on the evening of the Academy Awards.
Through the Philanthropy United campaign, Long was instrumental in an event that helped raise funds and awareness for multiple foundations at “Unite:4Humanity”. The event featured President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker, and appearances by Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker, Selena Gomez, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Adam Samberg, Jada Pinket-Smith, Jane Fonda, Wilmer Valderrama, Alicia Keys, and Demi Lovato, among others.
Long also produced “Fame & Philanthropy” with keynote James Cameron, which raised over $350,000. In all, Ryan helped to raise over $5 Million on the week of the Academy Awards.
Ryan is most proud of the success of “Fame & Philanthropy,” and the funds that were raised for the charities supported by Colin Farrell and special guests Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, and Ne-Yo. The host foundation of the 2104 Fame and Philanthropy gala, CITY was able to open its first office and fund its operations for an entire year.
After the Fame & Philanthropy event Ryan branded a new event called the City Gala. The Gala’s vision is to advance community through humanitarian activities and events. The purpose of the gala is to assist startup, charitable organizations gain access to funds and awareness. The City Gala has featured speakers and honorees such as Sir Richard Branson, Sean Combs, Jane Seymour, John Travolta, and Halle Berry. Shortly after founding the City Gala, Long executive produced the Novus Summit and the United Nations that featured speakers and a theme of how innovation and technology is moving forward against today’s global grand challenges.
The City Summit, which Ryan founded in order to assist entrepreneurs in building and growing their business is themed “a world class, socially conscious business acceleration experience.”
Ryan is excited about the future and the possibilities he sees before him. He looks forward to expanding his company and fundraising endeavors internationally.