Tony Ridnell

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Tony Ridnell
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Tony Ridnell at the Rugby Weekend, Chicago, 2016
Born1 January 1961.
New York, New York, United States
Alma materUnited States Military Academy
OccupationFounder and CEO of TRInternational, Inc.
Height198 cm (6 ft 6 in)

Tony Ridnell (born Jan 1, 1961 as Anthony Morris Ridnell) [1] is an American businessman, former international rugby player, and army officer. He is the founder of TRInternational, Inc., a Chemicals Sales Company. [2]


Early life

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Tony Ridnell-Middle, 1971 Mosman Prep Rugby Team.
Tony Ridnell as Catcher for Bronxville High School 1974-1978. Tony Ridnell at Bronxville.jpg
Tony Ridnell as Catcher for Bronxville High School 1974-1978.

Anthony "Tony" Morris Ridnell was born on 1 January 1961 in New York City. Growing up he and his two brothers, David and Jon Ridnell, played multiple sports. In 1970, his parents moved their family Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He attended Mosman Prep and The Cranbrook School, in 1970 upon arriving at Mosman Prep he played schoolboy Rugby until 1974 when his family returned to Bronxville, NY. Ridnell attended Bronxville High School and became a standout baseball player, soccer player, and wrestler.

West Point

Having been recruited to play both Soccer and Baseball at West Point in 1978, Ridnell found himself like so many others during his plebe year doing something completely different. During his junior year he began playing Rugby once again, playing in the back row for over 20 matches on the First XV from 1981 to 1982.

US Army

Upon graduating from West Point, Ridnell attended the Field Artillery Basic Course in 1982 at Fort Sill, OK. His first station was Schofield Barracks, HI, where he served as Platoon Leader and Fire Support Officer. While at Schofield Barracks he would continue to play rugby, being selected for the Combined Services Rugby Team at the National Military Championships in 1984. [3] Following the National Military Championships the Combined Services Rugby Team toured England. In 1985 he attended the Field Artillery Advanced Course at Fort Sill, later serving as a Field Artillery Battery Commander stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. He left the service in 1988 in pursuit of earning a spot in The Eagles, the United States national rugby union team.

Rugby career

1991 USA Rugby World Cup Squad before their match against the All Blacks in Gloucester, England 1991 USA Rugby World Cup Squad.jpg
1991 USA Rugby World Cup Squad before their match against the All Blacks in Gloucester, England

In 1985 Ridnell was named to the United States national rugby union team, the Eagles, under coach Ron Mayes. Earning his first cap as Eagle No. 168, in his first match for Jim Perkins, [4] he started at Blind-Side Flanker (No. 6), against Australia in the 1987 Rugby World Cup. [5] [6] In 1989, he would suffer a knee injury with thoughts of never being able to play again. He returned to international play at the 1991 Rugby World Cup starting against Italy at No. 8 losing 30-9 at Cross Green, England. [4] [7] Ridnell became an accomplished 7s player leading the pack at every Hong Kong Sevens tournament from 1989 to 1993 under Eagles 7s Coach Emil Signes. Having established himself at the Canberra, Fiji, and Hong Kong Sevens Tournaments he earned a spot representing the United States in the first Sevens World Cup. [8]

His final international tournament was the 1993 Sevens World Cup helping the United States Earn a 31–0 victory over the Netherlands. [9] Ridnell's final International 15s match came in 1993 against Canada at No. 5-Lock on 19 June 1993. [10] Ridnell continued international career representing the Eagles on the 7s team until 1994. In total he earned 14 International XVs Caps and 71 Sevens Caps.

Business career

Tony Ridnell at the 1989 Hong Kong 7s 1989 USA Rugby, Hong Kong 7s.jpg
Tony Ridnell at the 1989 Hong Kong 7s

In 1988 Ridnell left the US Army in pursuit of a career in private industry. [11] He founded TRInternational Trading Co, Inc. in 1994. [12] In 2005, Tony Ridnell purchased a stake in Chemblend of America, in his entrance to Chemical Manufacturing. [13] From 2000-2008 he served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Chemical Distributors and in 2006 he joined the Board of Advisors for the Albers School of Business, Seattle University, in 2006. [14] In 2014 TRI International was ranked in the 200 of Chemical Distributors Worldwide and in the top 60 in Latin America by Independent Chemical Information Service with $45.2 Million in Revenue. [15] TR International has been an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau since 2004. [16]

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