Employee Benefits Broker
Ryan joined InterWest, and the insurance industry, in 2021 as an Employee Benefits Broker working with the Chico team. Though the insurance world is very new to him, his claim to fame, so far, is obtaining his Property & Casualty and Accident & Health licenses within a month of each other. While he loves working with all types of industries, he has a special place in his heart for distribution and service/entertainment businesses.
Ryan was born and raised in Chico, California, and his family has a strong presence in the community. His father is the successful owner, along with his partners (one being Ryan’s uncle and local legend Kevin Riley) of several restaurants and bars in Chico and Folsom: Franky’s, Riley’s, LaSalle’s, 5th Street Steakhouse, and Sutter Street Steakhouse. Ryan is very proud of what his father has built and extremely grateful to belong to a family with two outstanding parents and a brother he can call his best friend.
Ryan graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2011 and, even though he loved Chico, he left to attend the University of Oregon. After graduating in 2015, he began working in sales for Columbia Distributing through a program called Beer Careers. He worked for them for a short time before accepting another sales position with New West Distributing in Reno, Nevada, recognized as the Top MillerCoors Distributor in the nation. He worked there for four years, servicing a route in Reno and the Nevada side of Tahoe. For his excellent work, he won the President’s Award. It was during this experience that he learned how important teamwork is to success. The COVID-19 pandemic experience also gave him perspective on what’s important in life and that a career change might be in order. He moved back to Chico for his beautiful girl, Nicole, to be back with his family, and to pursue a career with InterWest. He believes it’s one of the greatest decisions he’s made and is committed to a life-long career in insurance with InterWest.