< Back to Main Blog We:30 of the Week: Ryan! By Red Door on September 25, 2013 | Red Door Culture | Leave a comment We:30 is a weekly tradition here at Red Door Interactive, in which we take the time to celebrate and feature an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed, and be 100% jerk-free. We:30 also gives us a chance to learn some interesting and fun facts about the featured employee! This week features RDI Business Manager, Ryan Ross! Did you know... As a rare San Diego native, I spent most of my childhood wreaking havoc in the canyons of South Park with my best friend, and fellow Cub Scout, Steven. Twenty-five years later, Steve and I are still best friends . I started teaching myself how to cook when I was seven, not because I wanted to become a Chef, but because my Mom thought Honey Bunches of Oats were an acceptable dinner option. When I was twelve I hand-picked my Step Dad and introduced him to my Mom by inviting him over for dinner at our house – they’ve been together for almost eighteen years. At fourteen, I got a job working in the local fishing industry and split time between the boats and the landing office until I was twenty-two. Seeing Great White sharks feed in the wild is the reason I like to stay out of the water. I’ve always had a flare for the dramatic, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t major in theatre to meet girls. I started a theatre company after college with some friends and ended up meeting my future wife at one of our shows, so I guess you could say my strategy worked out. Before joining Red Door, I wore many hats as the MarCom Manager at Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Aside from getting fat on free beer, my favorite part of the job was writing packaging copy – my favorite project was re-branding Karl’s namesake Amber Lager for his 100th Birthday. I’m a huge Padres Baseball and Liverpool FC fan, and I’m not proud of my addiction to sports talk radio. I’m a Certified Cicerone©, which means I can get all geeky and scientific about the barley-based beverage we call beer. I am a Business Manager here at Red Door. In truth, I’m my client’s eyes and ears inside the agency. It’s my job to get to know them, their industries, their competitors, and how they make money so I can help them achieve their goals by making smart decisions.