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Ryan’s Full Bio | Ryan's Speaker Bio
Ryan leads communication workshops around the country and speaks on a variety of financial topics, with a focus on retirement research from the MIT AgeLab. To date, he has provided insights to audiences in 46 states and Puerto Rico, as well as led hundreds of webinars. Given his unique background in both financial planning and applied improvisation, Ryan seeks to balance the very human aspects of planning for later life with appropriate humor—a necessity, given the opportunities and challenges we all face as we age.
5 Things About Ryan
Ryan volunteers his time teaching public speaking at the University of North Carolina and at a memory care center in Charlotte where he helps engage people living with Alzheimer's and dementia in storytelling.
A standup and improv comedian, Ryan also plays guitar and bass guitar (and occasionally sings when the "more talented" singer needs a break) in a Charlotte-based rock band. His advice to all cover bands: Don't play "867-5309/Jenny" too early in the evening.
Ryan says a sign a meeting went well is when they ask you back.
His number one tip of the road: bring wet wipes on the road. (His wife Katie, is an infectious disease doctor in Charlotte, NC).
He chose a career in financial services because he saw confusion, misinformation, and intimidation, in the industry and felt that he could help people get over those hurdles.
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Ryan in the Media
Building an emotional connection can grow your business
Investment News, October 2019
Worried about being bored in retirement? Your financial adviser has a plan
MarketWatch, September 2020
How to Become a Financial Advisor at 40
U.S. News, December 2020
What financial advisers could learn from comedians—no, this isn’t a joke
MarketWatch, December 2018
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