About

Who Am I?

👋🏼 I'm Ryan and I enjoy building things for the digital and physical world. Currently, I'm helping connect brands and customers through software @ Sprout Social. I got my start in product management in 2010 where I consulted for a multinational hospitality company to help build a new reservation system. After that I went on to co-found a due dilligence product, and then managed three product teams responsible for technology that enables 40 million customers to find parking in garages and lots.

I've worked on various levels of the software stack, from UI design to front-end programming to strategy. My approach to building products is a bit different than most. I assume that my initial ideas, initiatives, or products will be wrong. Therefore we need to invite users to participate with us in the creation of our solutions.

In addition to building software products I also have deep expertise in video and post production, with some of my work having been viewed over 500,000 times.

When I'm not behind a computer or camera, I can be found spending time with my wife, two kids and our chocolate lab, cheering for the Chicago Cubs and pursuing fitness via constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement.

Follow my Twitter feed for a bizarre mixture of thoughts on product management, rotationally grazing ruminants on perennial pasture to increase the carbon carrying capacity of soil and Chicago Cubs baseball.

One day I hope to live with my family on a farm orchestrating animals over the landscape in a way that gives back what is taken away, while building soil and minimizing stress. I believe that every person should know where their food comes from - see how it is raised, learn why it is raised that way and meet the people who raise their food....hence the picture of me holding the egg laying hen!

Experience

Work Experience

Senior Product Manager at Sprout Social Sep 2017 - Present

Responsible for defining and directing complex product strategy and process, critical decisions and initiatives for two product teams.

Product Manager at Arrive (formerly ParkWhiz) Nov 2015 - Sep 2017

Led ParkWhiz.com redesign, increasing conversions by 2 points and decreasing bounce rates by 10%. Launched significant mobile app update, increasing annual net revenue by an estimated $100k - $125k. Owned roadmap, including product discovery and prioritization of concurrent efforts for three sprint teams.

Co-founder & Director of Product at Prescient Dec 2013 - Nov 2015

Co-founded SpotLit, a due diligence SaaS application and went to market in less than 4 months. Drove company revenues for ‘SpotLit’ from $0 to $2.5 million in 10 months

Product Work

Things I’ve helped bring into existence

Sprout Social - Send to Bambu

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Bambu by Sprout Social

ENTERPRISE EMPLOYEE ADVOCACY SOFTWARE

ParkWhiz

LAST-MILE MOBILITY SOLUTIONS

Comply by Prescient

ENTERPRISE DUE DILIGENCE SOFTWARE

High Performance Pricing by Marriott

ENTERPRISE PRICING ENGINE
Sometimes I talk

Interviews / Podcasts

How to Think Like a Product Manager

How to Think Like a Product Manager

I was joined by two other Sprout PMs on this panel to discuss what product management is and how we work on day-to-day basis. I spoke about how the best ideas come from understanding a users desire to make progress, how to balance feedback and pressure from stakeholders, and the necessary skills to be a successful product manager.

Product Love Podcast

Product Love Podcast

I was recently on Pendo's Product Love Podcast where I chatted with Eric Boduch about storytelling and building creativity. Rather than being fixated on scrum versus kanban or grooming the backlog, think about how you can empower your teams and your customers through looking and listening for powerful stories.

Filmmaking

Selected Productions

Fashion to Fitness

Fashion to Fitness

When Laura Dziak first started CrossFit, she was mildly concerned about bulking up. What preoccupied her more, however, was doing a workout as RX'd. Today, she's gained a total of 15 lb. of muscle but is still a Size 0.

Inside R.A.W Training

Inside R.A.W. Training

Take a tour of CrossFit R.A.W. at R.A.W. Training with co-founder Amy Butteri. The box is located in Wildwood, Penn., and started in an indoor soccer field adjoining their gym space.

Heritage Hollow Farms

Heritage Hollow Farms

Meet the farmers behind Heritage Hollow Farms, a family run business raising and direct marketing grass finished beef & lamb and pastured pork in historic Rappahannock County, Virginia

Measure of progress

Measure of Progress

In 2004 Jim started his now famous Beast Skills blog and website, leveraging his expertise in gymnastics, strength, and bodyweight exercises.

Ben & Kara

Ben & Kara Wedding Feature

I was hired to film Ben and Kara's wedding at the Antrim 1844 in Taneytown, MD. The shoot consisted of a 4 minute highlight reel as well as a 10 minute feature film.

Sun Recycling - A Look Inside

Sun Services

Sun Services runs a materials recovery facility is a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.

Freelance

Web & Graphic Design

202 Development

202 Development

202 Development is a leading developer in the DC and Northern Virginia area, specializing in condo conversions and high end single family home renovations.

District Clean

District Clean

Locally owned and based in Falls Church, VA, District Clean provides dependable, customized, quality janitorial and commercial cleaning services in the DC Metropolitan area.

Mazzei Construction Group

Mazzei Construction Group

Since 1989 Mazzei Construction Group have steadily grown to be a top general contractor in the Metropolitan area. Their completed projects include base buildings, tenant improvements, construction management and consulting services.

Dynamic Nutrition

Dynamic Nutrition

Dynamic Nutrition is an online nutrition counseling system. It serves as an accountability partner to help you reach your goals whether that be performance based, general health and wellness, or losing body fat/gaining muscle mass.

Pretzel Crazy

Pretzel Crazy

Pretzel Crazy creates a mouthwatering confectionery covered pretzel with a variety of toppings to complement your event or celebration and answer your holiday or any other gift giving need.

Combat & Classics

Combat & Classics

Combat and Classics is a series of podcasts and free online seminars for active duty, reserve, and veteran U.S. military members, sponsored by St. John’s College.

Republic of Texas Insurance Group

Republic of Texas Insurance Group

Republic of Texas Insurance Group is a full service, independent insurance agency offering Individual & Group Health Insurance, Commercial Liability, Commercial Auto, Property & Casualty and Personal Auto Insurance