Ryan
Publicist

How do you take your coffee?

If it's not a mocha - I take it with cream and sugar, always extra hot.

Bike, walk, train, or drive?

Train, walk, Uber.

Favorite Northside hangout?

Love a whiskey at The Long Room (right by my old place) and Andersonville will always be one of my favorite places to hang.

What’s your ideal road trip?

I would grab friends, good music, a few tents and some adult beverages and head to my childhood campground called Tuck-A-Way. It will always be one of my favorite places to relax and get back to the basics.

What drives you?

At my deepest level, I am driven by a fear of failure. I try to take my anxieties and put them to work for me. If you're afraid to fail, turn that fear into motivation - and succeed. Other than internal struggles (that we all go through), I am driven by my clients and the brands they have created. I have the freedom to choose my clients, just as much as they choose me. If I am working with a brand, it means I truly do believe in the people and the work. My clients are my life - and they are always top-of-mind throughout my day.

Why Chicago?

But ... why NOT? I grew up in the suburbs and have been in the city for over 10 years now. During that time, I have earned a degree, grown my network and fallen in love with Chicago, all over again. The people are incredible, the opportunity is endless and the industry is supportive and inclusive. Until I have a very good reason to leave - I'll be right here, doing what I do.

Can’t live without…

Coffee and my phone. You can usually find one or the other - or both - in my hands at all times.

Do you have a four-legged roommate? Tell us about him/her

I have two fish tanks that probably get more room to themselves in my studio than I do! I have a 75 gallon - which is currently being 'rented' out to Rax (a Tiger Oscar), JD (a Jack Dempsey) and The Slims (5 silver dollar fish). P.S. They owe me lots of rent. I also have a 29 gallon with a variety of other fish - namely, goldfish including one that I have had for over 8 years.

Morning routine? ( in 3’s) Wake up, Brush teeth, eat breakfast

Wake up. Check phone. Feed fish, ....then Coffee (from Heritage.)

Favorite tchotchke?

I have a few - but, one of my favorites is a taxidermy piranha (thank you, thrift store) that watches over the bathroom. He's a boss - and I call him Petey.

What would your Tinder profile say?

You can check it yourself! lol I'd rather skip this question, honestly.

Define your style?

Depends on the day. I subscribe to a "bowties and tattoos" story of style - it's all about knowing your audience. My two most basic uniforms are the suit/bowtie and a tank top/cardigan. Always enjoy a more classic flavor of style: great fit, clean silhouette and always with a hint of Mad Men masculinity. Also, I pretty much live in black, gray, navy blue and white.

What would your punk band name be?

"We Are Not Punk"

Hashtag yourself.

#FreeLife

I Jam Out to…

Good Chicago house music - and anything I am stuck on that month. (I usually exhaust an album or two for weeks, until I find something new.) Right now, I am coming off of a very long "You+Me" period and have been throwing it back to the energetic and upbeat Gnarls Barkley albums.

If I am not at home, you can find me here.

Heritage Outpost, with clients, SOHO House or at the Bridges Media office.

Random fact?

I can do a dead-on Velociraptor impression - and - I have a huge Velociraptor tattoo on my right thigh, naturally.

What’s your latest binge-watch?

Mad Men, Parks & Rec, Bob's Burgers.

What’s your stripper name? ( First pet’s name + street you grew up on)

Lucky Greentree (yassssss)

Cook us your favorite meal.

Let me turn on the oven and get a pepperoni pizza in there, stat!
I subscribe to a "bowties and tattoos" story of style - it's all about knowing your audience. My two most basic uniforms are the suit/bowtie and a tank top/cardigan. Always enjoy a more classic flavor of style: great fit, clean silhouette and always with a hint of Mad Men masculinity. Also, I pretty much live in black, gray, navy blue and white.
I grew up in the suburbs and have been in the city for over 10 years now. During that time, I have earned a degree, grown my network and fallen in love with Chicago, all over again. The people are incredible, the opportunity is endless and the industry is supportive and inclusive.
At my deepest level, I am driven by a fear of failure. I try to take my anxieties and put them to work for me. If you're afraid to fail, turn that fear into motivation - and succeed. Other than internal struggles (that we all go through), I am driven by my clients and the brands they have created.

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