In the spotlight this month is Ryan Stevenson, Recas product manager and a 16-year veteran of Ad-Builder. Ryan has been in his current position for 12 years and served as a Recas account manager prior to that. When talking to Ryan, it doesn’t take long to see how much he genuinely loves life in and outside of Recas & co-op.
What Ryan enjoys most about working for Ad-Builder is the camaraderie. The team here feels like family to him. A typical workday for Ryan includes tackling daily product procedures, as well as meeting with his team to address service and product concerns. The bulk of Ryan’s workday is spent in the planning, development and execution of the Recas product. He loves being able to strategize, build and implement a product that can have an immediate impact on those in the media that utilize it. “Nothing is more fulfilling for me as a product manager,” he states, “than when users claim success from the product.”
Part of the development of the product, which Ryan truly enjoys, entails speaking to clients who utilize Ad-Builder products and services. He feels strongly that if you are open to suggestion and listen closely enough, you can take away something from every client conversation you experience, which you can use to improve your product. Ryan wants his clients to feel like their opinions matter and what they say will have an influence in the product and its development. “If your product is not a reflection of your clients’ needs,” he adds, “then you probably weren’t listening to them to begin with. Without respecting and valuing our customers’ input, we would have never survived as a product that has served and continues to serve as a leader in marketplace for over 30 years.”
Outside of work, Ryan likes to spend quality time with his family, friends and dogs, Bacchus and Carley. He and his wife, Melissa, just celebrated their 10th anniversary. They have two children, a son named Aidan and a newborn, Remy, both of whom Ryan feels are “pretty much perfect.” Outside of that, Ryan enjoys reading, watching films, listening to and playing music, and watching and playing sports. His favorite teams are the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Lions. Ultimately, Ryan would like to be known as a good, compassionate man who strives to be the best husband and father he can.
Thank you, Ryan, for opening up to us in the Employee Spotlight this month. We couldn’t imagine the Recas product without you. Thanks for all you do and your hard work and dedication to the company.