Meet Ryan Watts

Ryan Watts was born and raised in North Carolina. He was educated in the North Carolina public school system from kindergarten through college. He grew up playing all sorts of sports but eventually focused on playing baseball as an infielder. He turned down opportunities to play baseball in college to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In college, Ryan started his first small business which grew to over 10 other college campuses, helping local businesses better understand marketing and social media. After college, IBM sent him to Washington D.C. as a Strategy Consultant. He traveled to over 30 states, helping businesses & non-profits of all sizes think critically about current and future problems. Today, Ryan continues to work around the country helping businesses and people work better together.

He wants to go to Washington to represent the best interests of North Carolinians – specifically the sixth district which includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford (part), Lee, Randolph & Rockingham Counties.

SIXTH DISTRICT ROOTS

100 years ago, Ryan’s great-grandparents settled in Rockingham County and eventually moved their family of nine to Alamance County for work in the silk mills in 1930. To survive the Great Depression, they grew produce and raised chickens, but most importantly made it their practice to give to others in need so that they would not go hungry.

Continuing this legacy of service, their son, Ryan’s maternal Grandfather served in the Seabees in World War II before returning to Alamance County. With the support of his working wife and the G.I. Bill, he became the first in his family to graduate from college. Ryan now lives and works out of the house his great-grandfather built out of an Army barracks.

A STRONG WORK ETHIC

Ryan’s family story is one of hard work – where family, community, and country come first. With this background, it is no surprise that Ryan took his first job at 15. He started out as a dishwasher, busboy – he knows the value of hard work.

Ryan learned both discipline and teamwork through his passion for team sports. To reach the level of competence and success that he attained, he found that shortcuts didn’t work.

While going to UNC-Chapel Hill, Ryan launched a business that helped small local businesses harness the power of social media. That company expanded to over 10 college campuses on the Eastern Seaboard. Since that time, he has worked in various capacities with small, medium, large, and Fortune 500 companies across the country while also becoming the CEO of a cash-flow positive start-up. He knows that hard work brings results.

Ryan’s diligence has served him well in reaching a level of success that defies his age. He knows there is no secret sauce – that hard work and surrounding yourself with good people yields results. It is that approach he will bring with him to Washington.

HELPING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES SUCCEED

After earning a degree in Business and Political Science from UNC-CH, Ryan went to work at IBM, sending him to Washington DC for two years. He returned home to North Carolina when the company promoted him to Senior Strategy Consultant. After leaving IBM, he joined a large professional services firm to help companies better manage people, processes and technologies. Ryan has worked with small, medium, large and Fortune 500 businesses all over the world and in a wide range of industries including energy, retail, travel, hospitality, media and transportation.

The thread throughout his work is a focus on human capital – helping not just companies succeed, but helping people succeed. He’s personally re-trained thousands of workers throughout the United States and implemented initiatives that enabled employees to adjust to a changing economy. His premise is that “we should never throw our workers under the bus – they are too valuable.” This informs his approach as your next Congressman.

A COMMITMENT TO SERVICE

While Ryan was instilled with a strong work ethic and drive to succeed, he was taught the necessity of giving back. The grandson of a minister & educator who served as a Navy chaplain in Korea and Vietnam and later as missionaries in Africa, Ryan’s family has always modeled service. Through these stories, and many more, Ryan learned that we have obligations to our communities and particularly those less fortunate. Throughout his schooling, Ryan served in a variety of leadership roles both at school and in the community. In business, he has carried his sense of service forward by maintaining a deep respect for people, potential, and growth. He’s developed leadership training seminars for multiple non-profits including Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA. His run for Congress is just another way to give back to his community and the people who have shaped his life.

STRONG STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Ryan’s campaign is full of paid staff and volunteers who are dedicated to moving this country in a better direction. In addition, the excitement of this campaign has generated the support of over 300 volunteers. Now, we need your time, funds, and support. We ask you to join us and our story to send a Congressman to D.C. that truly represents your best interests.

Meet Ryan Watts

Ryan Watts was born and raised in North Carolina. He was educated in the North Carolina public school system from kindergarten through college. Since graduating, he has lived in North Carolina except for a two year stint in Washington D.C.

He wants to go to Washington to represent the best interests of North Carolinians – specifically the sixth district which includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford (part), Lee, Randolph & Rockingham Counties.

SIXTH DISTRICT ROOTS

Ryan’s connections to the sixth district go back more than 100 years when his great-grandparents were living in Rockingham County. In 1930, they moved their family of nine to Alamance County for work in the textile mills. They also grew produce and raised chickens to feed the family, sell to others and give to those in need. The son who eventually became Ryan’s Grandfather served in the Seabees during World War II and then returned to Alamance County where he started his family and with the support of his working wife, became the first in his family to graduate from college. Now, Ryan lives and works out of the house that his grandfather owned.

A STRONG WORK ETHIC

Ryan was taught the value of hard work and took his first job at 15 years old. He worked throughout high school as a bus boy, waiter and, later, as a customer service representative. He continued working in college, where he launched a company to help small businesses harness the power of social media. He learned that hard work pays off, which also prepared him for a world in business.

HELPING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES SUCCEED

After earning a degree in Business and Political Science from UNC-CH, Ryan went to work at IBM, sending him to Washington DC for two years. He returned home to North Carolina when the company promoted him to Senior Strategy Consultant. He later launched a second company designed to help small businesses grow, and joined a large professional services firm to help companies better manage people, processes and technologies. Ryan has worked with small, medium, large and Fortune 500 businesses all over the world and in a wide range of industries including energy, retail, travel, hospitality, media and transportation.

A COMMITMENT TO SERVICE

While Ryan was instilled with a strong work ethic and drive to succeed, he was taught the necessity of giving back. The grandson of a minister & educator who served as a Navy chaplain in Korea and Vietnam and later as missionaries in Africa, Ryan learned that we have obligations to our communities and particularly those less fortunate. He served on school governance committees beginning in middle school, through high school and in college, where he was active in student government. He’s also developed leadership training seminars for multiple non-profits including Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA. His run for Congress is just another way to give back to his community and the people who have shaped his life.