President & Co-Founder
Bill’s love of puzzles ignited at a very young age. He played with as many puzzles and science toys as possible. Today, Bill’s passion drives the development of ThinkFun’s innovative products and education programs.
Bill believes fiercely in the power of great games to strengthen thinking skills and prepare kids for the challenges of the 21st century. His efforts have led to the development of innovative programs that stretch and sharpen the mind, and his partnerships with researchers and inspired educators all over the world are an important part of furthering this vision. He continues to push ThinkFun into new arenas, including the development of mobile apps and online gaming and learning communities.
Bill is a respected member of the international puzzle community and travels worldwide to share his knowledge, connect with fellow enthusiasts and discover the next great game. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization and the founding President of the World Entrepreneur Organization. He was the recipient of the “Sam Loyd Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mechanical Puzzles” from the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors and a featured speaker at TEDx.
Bill and his wife live in Alexandria, Virginia with a vintage car on their front lawn modeled after ThinkFun’s internationally acclaimed logic game Rush Hour.
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer
Growing up in a big Air Force family, Andrea traversed the United States and Canada in frequent moves that taught her flexibility, the importance of family and a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic.
In 1985, Andrea’s entrepreneurial instincts were put to the test when she and her husband, Bill Ritchie, launched ThinkFun. She directed sales and shipping, marketing and PR, and accounting and administration while building strategic relationships and mapping out a blueprint for growth.
Today, Andrea continues to wear many hats. Her reputation for creative problem solving, talent spotting and nurturing young minds distinguish her as a leader in the toy industry and as a role model for entrepreneurs everywhere.
Previously a member of the board of directors of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, Andrea is currently enjoying her second term as a board member of the Toy Industry Association and was honored as one of the region’s most influential women by the Washington Business Journal.
Andrea is the proud mother of two grown sons, Sam and Mike, and the “American mom” of William Kamkwamba, a remarkable young man from Malawi. Her family remains her most adored responsibility and a consistent source of new ideas and passions.
ThinkFun Home Office Team
Our employees put their minds and heart into everything they do.
And we couldn’t do it without them!
ThinkFun Distribution Team
Our distribution team works every day to deliver ThinkFun games to more than 60 countries and 5,500
retailers to serve millions of passionate fans worldwide.