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Ryan Sullivan, CFP®, CRPC®, ChFC®
Vice President and Managing Director
Ryan’s Full Bio | Ryan's Speaker Bio
Ryan leads communication workshops around the country and speaks on a variety of financial and practice management 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. Ryan is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and serves on Hartford Funds’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advisory council. He’s an avid volunteer, leveraging his communication expertise to help college students, athletes with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
5 Things About Ryan
Ryan volunteers his time teaching public speaking at the University of North Carolina and leads workshops at a memory care center in Charlotte, where he engages people living with Alzheimer's and dementia in interactive storytelling.
The volunteer opportunity Ryan enjoys most? Announcing games for Miracle League baseball, which is for young athletes living with disabilities. According to Ryan, there is no better smile than on a Miracle League player who's about to score for their team.
Ryan performs improv comedy and teaches applied improvisation workshops, having studied at The Second City theater in Chicago. The highlight of Ryan's comedy "career"? Performing a 20-minute set with The Second City improv troupe to a sold-out audience. Sadly, Ryan's agent never got a call from Second City — in part because Ryan doesn't have an agent.
Perhaps too fond of the '80s, Ryan also plays guitar and bass (and occasionally sings when the "more talented" singer needs a break) in a Charlotte-based rock band. Ryan's advice to all cover bands: Don't play "867-5309/Jenny" too early in the evening.
Ryan says he's honored when asked to speak with a financial professional's clients. A sign a client presentation went well? When the financial professional asks you back to speak at another event.
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Ryan in the Media
6 Financial Advising Trends for 2022
U.S. News, December 2021
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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