Mr. Reid Ryan
President of Business Operations, Houston Astros
Reid Ryan enters his seventh season with the Houston Astros after being named the club’s President of Business Operations on May 17, 2013. Reid, 47, brings enthusiasm and energy to the organization while also providing a wealth of experience working in professional baseball.
From day one, Reid has emphasized the importance of the fan experience and has made it a personal mission to openly engage with the Astros fan base. At nearly every home game, Reid can be found in the stands speaking with Astros fans. Within a few weeks of starting his new position, Reid used fan feedback to open the ballpark earlier in order to give fans access to Astros batting practice, which is now stadium policy. He was also instrumental in securing the Astros new Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. and new High A affiliate in Fayetteville, N.C. Additionally, Reid has played a critical role in the major renovations to Minute Maid Park over the past three years, including the new center field area that debuted in 2017. Reid proudly supports the efforts of the Astros Foundation and the Community Leaders program, which won the 2017 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, Major League Baseball’s highest community-focused honor. Whether he’s in the ballpark on game days, at one of the Astros Community Leaders ballparks or finding new ways to make Minute Maid Park one of the top destinations in baseball, Reid takes pride in being an active member of the Houston community.
Before joining the Astros, Reid was the founder and CEO of both the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Round Rock Express minor league franchises, both of which are perennially lauded as two of the top franchises in minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction and franchise value. Shortly after coming on board in Houston, Reid helped to bring the Corpus Christi Hooks into the fold as an owned and operated affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Round Rock Express was the Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers from 2011-2018. On September 20, 2018 the Express announced a 4-year Player Development contract with the Houston Astros.
Reid’s history with Texas baseball goes back decades. During the 1980s, Reid was a bat boy for the Astros while his father and Hall of Famer Nolan was an All-Star pitcher in the Astrodome. He later pitched at the University of Texas and TCU, playing a part in two Southwest Conference Titles (Texas ’91, TCU ’94). Reid went on to pitch in the minor leagues for two seasons (1994-95) in the Rangers system after being selected in the 17th round of the June 1994 Draft.
A long-time respected member of minor league baseball’s leadership group, Reid has maintained his ownership interests in the Pacific Coast League’s Round Rock Express. He currently serves as the Gulf Coast League (rookie ball class A) Board of Trustees representative and is a member of the finance committee for minor league baseball. Reid serves on the Major League Baseball International Committee and was instrumental in planning and reviving Major League Baseball’s return to international exhibition play in Mexico City in 2016.
Reid is involved in several other business ventures including R Bank, a Texas-based community bank chartered in Round Rock, Texas, for which he serves as a founding board member and organizer. Reid is an active member in the Houston chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, on the board of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Astros Foundation and is a board member for SpringSpirit Baseball. Reid and his family are members of Second Baptist Church Houston. He and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of one son, Jackson, and two daughters, Victoria and Ella. The Ryan family lives in Houston.