Ryan is the founder of VegasTennis.com, and he and Marty Hennessy founded Marty Hennessy's Junior Tennis Foundation where together they have raised over $1,000,000 for children in need in the tennis community.
Wolfington has over 7 years experience in the financial services industry. Prior to entering the Tennis/Non-Profit world Ryan was a senior executive in a firm that acquired and restructured small to mid-size companies in the gaming, financial services, and teleservices industries. Ryan's experience started with CRW Financial, which over a 6 year period acquired, restructured, started and/or divested numerous companies including Central Credit, Inc., Casino Money Centers, Strip Check Cashing, Central Credit Check Cashing, and Telespectrum Worldwide. Ryan was also involved in two initial public offerings, CRW Financial & Telespectrum Worldwide, during this time.
Ryan's responsibilities have included business development, operations, marketing, PR, management, seeking out mergers and acquisitions, sales, strategic planning, and creating and overseeing the road show for both public offerings. Ryan started with the firm as protege to the Chairman of the Board and CEO and over 7 years learned a great deal from his mentor Brian O'Neill. His last 3 years were spent as President of Casino Money Centers, which he created from scratch, and under his management, grew to 85 employees with 7 offices nationwide.
In 1997 Ryan's desire to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle prompted his interest in the game of tennis, and since then, he has not looked back. As a volunteer Ryan’s VegasTennis.com web site promoted and marketed the game of tennis in Las Vegas. During this time he has written hundreds of articles for tennis publications, including Inside Tennis Magazine, Tennis Life Magazine, The View News paper, Stirling Club magazine, and his web site VegasTennis.com.
His organization was given the USTA media Excellence award, and Ryan was voted as Secretary and then President of the USTA Nevada board of Directors before being hired as the organizations Executive Director. In his first three years as Executive Director the Organization had it's three best years in it's history financially and in league participation and membership.
Ryan has also served as Chair of the Marketing and Communications committee for the Intermountain Section, Vice-Chair of the Multicultural Committee and a national USTA Diversity committee member.
Wolfington was also the founder of the Mike Agassi NO QUIT National tournament and tournament Director for 13 others.
In a short time Mr. Wolfington statrted and built the largest high performance tennis Academy in Intermountain Section, The NO QUIT Tennis Academy.
Wolfington was also the associate producer of the film "Bella" which won the Toronto Film Festival. The film was rated #1 on fandango and yahoo when it was in theatres and was inducted into the Smithsonian museum.
Wolfington is most passionate about having started and operated VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation as a volunteer and board member. This non-profit 501(c)3 Foundation was created by Marty Hennessy and Ryan Wolfington and boasts the support of Tony Bennett, Mike Agassi, and numerous celebrities and dignitaries in Las Vegas.
Through the Foundation Wolfington has strived to ?Inspire Children’s lives through Mentoring, Education and Tennis.? The annual Wolfington Family East Coast Education, Tennis and Leadership tour, in which 15 people are chosen to experience East coast historical sites, Universities and play tennis at some of the nicest tennis clubs in America, is just one of their programs. The Foundation also has a Leadership breakfast which invites highly successful individuals to share their insights with the children. The Foundation's ?Team Vegas? is compiled of diverse, highly dedicated scholar athletes in need who get free training and travel to national tournaments in hopes of getting a college scholarship. This is a 4 hours a day, 5 days a week program that is designed to ensure high level success. This program includes tutoring services, a free SAT course and language courses in hopes of maintaining the Foundations 3.7 average GPA.
The Foundation also provides an annual college scholarship seminar, free clinics to middle schools and local orphanages, tournament entry fee scholarships and a ?Positive social life? program, which gives the children something positive and fun to do while expanding their mind, like plays (Phantom of the Opera), concerts, movie nights, field trips to fun places and pro tournaments.
Most effective however is the mentoring Ryan Wolfington gives to the children personally. As the volunteer Executive Director and President of the board he takes the time to share with these children the secrets to becoming successful and happy in life. To date the organisation has helped almost forty children to become talented enough to get scholarships to college for tennis and academics.
Mr. Wolfington's philanthropic efforts have been recognized by President Bush with the "President's Service Award" in 2008.
Wolfington has also been responsible for promoting large tennis events, including Nevada State tournaments, the Serena Williams Charity event in Las Vegas, The Tennis Channel Open in 2005 and 2006 and most recently The Championship Series with Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Jim Courier. This event sold 6400 tickets, far more then most of the twelve markets most of which were five to twenty times the size of Las Vegas.