Roger Ralph spent three decades in the fitness industry as a founder and an owner of the Bel Air Athletic Club (BAAC) in Harford County, Maryland and the Hockessin Athletic Club (HAC) in Hockessin, DE. Both Bel Air and Hockessin became models for multipurpose, multi-generational community and family-oriented health clubs. BAAC was rated by the health club industry’s association (IHRSA) as one of the top five health clubs in the United States.
After selling BAAC, Ralph assisted Cal Ripken, Jr., upon his retirement from baseball, with Cal’s business interests and growing the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. In 2003 he returned to the health club industry as a developer and owner of HAC. Ralph retired from HAC in 2012 and is currently a volunteer advisor to senior staff of the Sarasota Boys and Girls Clubs.
Prior to entering the health club industry in 1979 Roger was a consultant for Booz, Allen & Hamilton and then became Vice President of Human Services for the Columbia Association in the new town of Columbia, Maryland.
Roger has been recognized by Ernst and Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year in the State of Maryland. He has served on the boards of IHRSA, the Family Life Center, Harford Community College Foundation, The Experiment in International Living, The Columbia Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County, the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake. He Chairs the Program Committee of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and is a member of its Executive Committee. Roger is a graduate of Middlebury College, holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.
He resides in Stevensville, Maryland, with his wife, Elaine. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.