"Ryan was, hands down, the single biggest mentor and influence during my 10-year tenure at USIS. Ryan was my direct supervisor nearly 9 of those years in a District Manager/Regional Director capacity. Ryan was able to achieve significant performance improvements and gains for one of the most high-visibility Regions in USIS, encompassing Norfolk, VA, Central/Western, VA, and Central/Eastern/Southern, NC. Under Ryan's leadership notable increases were seen across all KPIs (Quality, Timeliness, and Production). Laser analytical focus to data and numbers as well as personal preparation set Ryan apart from other Regional Directors. Apart from day-in and day-out performance, Ryan genuinely cared about his 10-12 direct reports and his 200 indirect reports, as shown by his open door policy and routine travels to have face to face interaction with his employees. He handled the "hard conversations" seemingly with ease and was always steady with his emotions and opinions.
As a mentor, Ryan allowed me to grow professionally and exposed me to high-level, cross-functional special projects and roles ranging from HR, to BD, to Recruiting, to Compliance, in addition to making concerted efforts to incorporate me into Director-level succession plan.
I admire Ryan's loyalty and devotion to his employer in times of hardship, but most of all I admire Ryan's unwavering support of his own people. Ryan is a family-man on top of it all and I have had the pleasure of working with his wife and interacting with his children. Any organization would be lucky and should be proud to have Ryan on their roster."
-Freddie Pe, Team Leader, USIS
“I was pleased to have Ryan play such an integral role...his ability to participate in national projects while maintaining effective control as District Manager is a testament to his superior abilities. He is unquestionably an effective communicator and inspirational leader for his team...amongst the top in district leadership, recognizing the needs of the field and those who reported to him directly...demonstrated clear business acumen, an understanding of organizational goals and the drivers for success. His collaborative leadership style and dedication to achievement makes him an asset to any organization."
-Julia Alena, Vice President, USIS
“Ryan Jefferson... well, he saved my life twice now and I will never forget him for this. Not actually, but corporately. Several years ago we had a major corporate event in his business area. My CEO wanted to do a community relations event, actually several, taking more than 350 leaders from the company out into the community to do several projects. Major undertaking -- easily handled by Ryan who set up everything from the community work to the transportation [as well as local publicity] and coordinating with various members of his team to get them out to lead the activities at the community work sites. Made my job simple--All I had to do was step back and take all the credit! He is a great organizer, fantastic ability to keep focused on tasks and create winning performance. More recently, he has assisted Corporate by arranging speakers in areas associated with the overall corporation's community relations projects.”
-Michael John, Senior VP/President - Corporate Communications & Media Relations, Altegrity
“Ryan has always been one to demonstrate great expertise in all his professional dealings. His job knowledge and hard work were evident in his ability to be consistently successful in his role at USIS. He maintained the utmost professionalism... repeatedly called upon for additional projects beyond his everyday job duties due to his determination and ambition. Ryan’s notable management and leadership skills and ability to tackle high profile projects on a national scale was highly visible to his peers, subordinates, as well as the executive staff. Ryan’s management, business, and operational experiences through the years are one to be desired and would be highly valuable in all his future endeavors.”
-Danielle Nast, Director, USIS
“Ryan is a superior communicator and leader for his district as a manager. He adeptly balances the needs of his staff, budget, and customer deadlines to meet company revenue and quality goals. In a very stressful and time driven environment, he has managed to motivate his staff - both personally and professionally - and still maintain composure. A solid leader for today's and tomorrow's business environment.”
-Larry Bell, National Account Manager, USIS
"As an equal he was always there to help in any way that he could. As a supervisor, he took the initiative to get to know and understand each of his team members. As a District Manager he lead by example and with integrity and honesty. I only wish that more people in the role of superior were like Ryan. I can think of many personal examples of how he helped me along the way. It was absolute pleasure to call Ryan a colleague, Team Leader and District Manager.”
-Brian Patrick, Investigator, USIS
"I worked indirectly with Ryan while working at USIS. During his tenure as a District Manager, Ryan was counted on to drive improvements in efficiency, process and reduce the overall drag in his district. Ryan aided in driving the necessary cultural change (leading the way), and providing direct feedback back into my team as to its end user functionality. It was his attention to detail along with firm understanding of the business processes that helped drive the success of the project and the overall success of his district and USIS. From a personal standpoint, I could count on Ryan to complete tasks, provide solid and informative feedback and insight as to how change might impact his district and the business. He is a solid leader, led by example, and got the job done."
-Ed Hahn, Director, USIS