Ryan believes great advertising creative begets good business and happy clients – something he learned working for agencies including Tribal DDB and Publicis on accounts such as Pepsi, Dyson, Microsoft and T-Mobile. In his professional career, he has transitioned from the role of a traditional copywriter to that of a digital Creative Director, and from his native Texas to Washington, and back again. He has earned international awards, launched the original Android phone, created innovative applications, and sold lunch buffets to seniors, but finally found true creative freedom in 2011 when he joined the faculty of The University of Texas’ world-renowned Texas Creative sequence.
In his first two years back on campus Ryan worked with his students, The Longhorn Network, and ESPN to conceptualize, write, produce, and launch several award-winning nationwide television commercials. Now, depending on the semester, he can be found at the head of nearly every class Texas Creative has to offer, helping young copywriters and art directors develop work that has won hundreds of national and international awards so far. When Ryan’s not in class, in his office, in group chats, or on email with his students he’s partnering with top agencies to both inspire and hire the next generation of creative minds.
Besides lecturing at the University of Texas, Ryan is a freelance writer/creative director, German Shepherd dad, motorcycle builder/rider/hoarder, tattoo canvas, and pretend grown up.