Scott Ragsdale was born in 1971 and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska attended high school at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with BA in Political Science in 1995.
At the University of California in 1994, Scott was elected President of the Berkeley College Republicans. During his Presidency the club grew to the 2nd largest College Republican club in America.
Prior to co-founding naseba in 2002, he worked as a General Manager for a global business information company in seven different international cities: Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Monaco, Barcelona and London.
Scott has 15+ years of international management experience and has developed, managed and trained employees from more than 50 nationalities.
He lived in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan for 5 years and passed the highest level on the Japanese proficiency exam (1 kyu).
Scott is a multiple Ironman finisher, has run more than 30 marathons, has reached the summit of numerous mountains around the world, and successfully completed Marathon des Sables – a 7 day race across the Sahara desert in Morocco, considered to be the most difficult foot race in the world.
In 2010, Scott swam across the English Channel.
In 2011, he completed naseba7, 7 Ironman triathlons in 7 consecutive days across the 7 Emirates of the UAE.
In 2013, he attempted to ride his bike 3,000 miles across America in the annual “Race Across America,” but after riding 1,790 miles over 6 ½ days, more than half way across the country, he stopped due to severe saddle sores and sleep deprivation – the first DNF of his life.
In 2015, over a 10 day period, Scott and his coach Marko Baloh became two of the first people to cycle non stop from the UAE/Oman border across and down Oman to the Yemen border and then back up Oman to the UAE border … 2,000+ mile cycling adventure.
Also in 2015, Scott attempted for the 2nd time “Race Across America” (RAAM) but after 5 days at the Colorado/Kansas border he had a severe crash on his bike and spent 3 days in a local hospital – the second DNF of his life.
He is an avid collector of Cuban cigars and boasts one of the largest personal collections in the world.
Scott has lived outside of America since 1994; living for significant periods of time in 9 countries; has traveled to more than 100 countries including travels to contentious hot spots Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen; and he speaks French and Japanese.
He currently lives with his family in Dubai.
The main purpose of this blog is to communicate with my employees, leaders at naseba, future employees, my clients, and future clients– at the same time helping me stay focused on my climb.
The photo gallery includes pictures of my different travels and adventures — this section will be updated with more pictures and videos as I travel.
I am posting the pictures of myself in exotic locations to show the readers, esp. the readers in America that the world is much different to what we see on CNN.
Pictures of my travels throughout the Middle East and Africa will hopefully inspire the reader to not let the misinformation in the media prevent you from experiencing the world.
We want the blog to become more interactive, however, we will not post comments which add no value to the discussion, even if the comment is very positive about the blog or me personally.
Please give your input or comment to the discussions, but ensure your comment adds something to the discussion.
Unlike other CEO blogs where the communications or marketing team writes the blog entries for the CEO, I write each entry myself. I travel often so sometimes there might be a few days between entries.
I write only when I have something to add to the discussion.
To keep the blog as focused as possible, I do not discuss or post blogs and pictures about my family.
Lastly, the main purpose of my blog is to manage myself.
If I am going to blog about staying positive – I must stay positive myself.
If I am going to blog about making life happen – I must make my life happen.
However, as loyal readers have noticed, I am also fighting against dishonesty, misinformation, mediocrity, and negativity, all which seem to be sweeping across the world like an uncontrollable virus.
I am searching for John Galt.