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Eric C. Ryan
2020-21 President
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise
 
Eric was born in Boston but spent his first three years in Japan. His chubby physique inspired his father to do his military service in Japan where Eric was enrolled in a Head Start Program for aspiring Sumo wrestlers. After 3 years in Tokyo, the family repatriated to Woodland, CA (once again surrounded by rice).
 
During puberty his parents suggested an AFS international exchange program.  He was selected for a scholarship to southern Thailand as the country was fighting a Communist insurgency on the Malay Peninsula.  The family took a firm stance against international terrorism and voted (3 to 1) for a family prohibition against ransom payments if a family member should be taken hostage.
 
Eric squeaked into Santa Clara University where he fell under the watchful eye of the Jesuits.  An exhausting number of liturgical questions led to the suggestion that he consider an overseas program in Israel at the height of the Lebanon War.  So began an exploration of Judaism, archaeology, and international relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1983-84).  Eric returned from the Holy Land devoted to the Trinity -  falafel, tahini, and hummus. 
 
Unable to gather the courage to break-up with his college girlfriend he enrolled in an out of state MBA program at the Thunderbird School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. He intended to study Arabic, but a vacation to Hong Kong shifted his interest to Mandarin. 
 
With a freshly minted degree, Eric moved to Beijing to work for a US medical equipment distributor.  A year later he inadvertently started a protest in Tiananmen Square by flashing a 'peace sign' to some students gathering. In the midst of the crackdown, he received a fax from home expressing concern, but reminding him that the ransom policy was still in effect. He stayed in China for 3 1/2 years (two of them procrastination at the thought of moving from a humid 10th floor apartment with an unreliable elevator).   
 
In 1992, Eric returned to Sacramento and started what would become Resonant Ltd. to distribute western security and forensic technology into China. Over his 30 years at the helm, his lackluster performance has navigated the company into relative obscurity, despite an unprecedented 30 year Economic Miracle in China. 
 
Eric has 2 kids - Jack (22) and Ally (21), both graduates of Santa Clara University. He and his wife, Amy both grew up in Woodland but met in the Beijing airport in 1992. 
 
Rotary is an international leadership organization. It’s made up of local business, professional, and civic leaders. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we’re able to get things done in our local and worldwide communities. Rotary is a leader in the effort to eradicate polio worldwide, brings clean water and education to people in need, and promotes peace. The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise was founded in 1985 and is a diverse group of 50 members.  The club usually meets on the first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 am at the Santa Barbara Club located at 1105 Chapala Street in Santa Barbara but currently meeting virtually. For more information, call (805) 884-6428.