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RYAN
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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.

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.

COOK US YOUR FAVORITE MEAL.

Let me turn on the oven and get a pepperoni pizza in there, stat!

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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.

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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.

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T 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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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.

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