A career Army Infantry officer who served for twenty years with multiple combat tours. While in the service studied Chinese (Mandarin) at the Defense Language Institute in Washington D.C.
He is conversationally fluent in both Chinese and French. Had tours of duty overseas in Vietnam, Okinawa and Korea. As the son of a career Army officer he also lived in France for four years. While stationed in Hawaii from 1983-1987 he traveled the Pacific Rim extensively. Obtained a BA (History) from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University. Mr. Hanratty is currently quite busy with International affairs in the Atlanta area. He represented The Korea Society in the Southeast from 1990 – 1994. In August of 1994 he assumed the position of Executive Director of the Korea –Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce which he held until 1998. At the same time the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (NY) retained Mr. Hanratty as their Southeast U.S. Coordinator and Senior Consultant which he continues as today. Mr. Hanratty is also the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta. Mr. Hanratty remains active in local politics and civic activities. Mr. Hanratty serves on the Boards of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, NACA, Hong Kong Association of Atlanta, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Atlanta) and the National US Hong Kong Business Association of which he is the past Chairman. Mr. Hanratty recently completed his term on the Asian American Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Hanratty has assisted numerous companies with joint ventures and projects throughout the Far East and is a Consultant to China Business Consulting (CBC). As part of his responsibilities with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Mr. Hanratty began the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in 1994 and is today the Chairman of the Board for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival – Atlanta.
Mr. Hanratty is married to the former Christina Sungyoon Pak. They have two daughters, Kelly Shannon Hanratty and Kathleen Meghan Hanratty. Mr. Hanratty has two sons from a previous marriage. Mr. Hanratty enjoys running and golf. Mr. Hanratty has completed the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii three times and has run dozens of marathons.