Chairman of the Board
I am proud to say I was a student-athlete in Gwinnett County, attending Parkview High School. I went to UGA, graduating with a degree in microbiology and a minor in religion. After college, I was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft and played 8 years with New Orleans Saints. Throughout my life, I have been blessed with amazing men and women of character who have invested in me. I joined NG3 as the Director of Operations because I recognize the unique opportunities for connections and relationships created through sports, and I want to provide the next generation with similar positive figures to those who helped shape who I am today. I am a husband to my life-long best friend, Ali, and father of two wonderful children, Mason and Emily Gray.
I have been blessed with amazing mentors that have consistently poured into my life. Women and men that loved me and encouraged me to seek Gods will for my life in all things, to be the first of my family to graduate from college, and then to push forward and become an attorney. Those mentors made a difference in my life and the life of my family. I am blessed to have the opportunity to now do the same for other young people. NG3 has become part of the Ellerbees everyday family life! I’ve witnessed Gods favor with NG3 as a board member, a huddle group leader along with my husband Sean, and the influence it has in school on young athletes, in particular with our two sons Jack and Ben.
My husband Sean and I work together in our family businesses: Ellerbee Allstate Agencies in Monroe and Greensboro, and Ellerbee Consulting a legislative affairs firm. Our two boys, Jack and Ben, attend George Walton Academy in Monroe.
My wife Tonya and I, along with our sons Adam and Luke have resided in the Loganville\Grayson area since 1992. I was blessed to have coached youth sports for many years, served my local church in missions and also as our Mission Chairperson. I have served on the board and also as board president at the SE Gwinnett Coop, and also served in our community as I worked with Witness Through Fitness, a local ministry that promotes the exercise of both body and one’s spiritual walk with Christ. I have been blessed with a heart to reach and encourage the “next generation” and am thankful to be living that out both on the board of NG3 and also in the field leading a great Lacrosse NG3 Huddle Group at Grayson High School. – Proverbs 27:17
Ryan Ledden has lived in the Atlanta area his entire life where he grew up and attended Parkview High School. He was fortunate to have the opportunity of getting drafted out of high school by the Tampa Bay Rays. After Ryan’s professional baseball career, he attended the University of Georgia and majored in Social Science Education to become a high school teacher. Ryan had a passion for teaching and being around the game of baseball as well as young student athletes. Ryan taught for seven years at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County and coached baseball. This is where he got to know Matt Williams very well and saw Matt’s vision for what would now be NG3. Ryan loved his time at Brookwood teaching Economics and coaching, but he felt like God was taking him in a different direction. Ryan wanted to continue to teach, but to a different audience. He wanted to incorporate his passion for planning; investing for people’s financial future in retirement. He made the jump from public school teaching to the private sector of financial planning/advisement. Ryan is now the President of Black Oak Asset Management.
Ryan and his family live in Cumming, Georgia. Ryan is married to Stephanie who is a practicing small animal veterinarian in the Atlanta area. Ryan and Stephanie have two children; Lindy Grace and Lucas Ryan. Ryan loves to be with his family, exercising, being outside working on his property, following UGA sports, watching the Atlanta Braves, fishing, hunting, reading, attending Browns Bridge Church, and serving on the NG3 Board of Directors.