Ryan Veith is currently the PR volunteer for the Communications committee in charge of online event promotions, writing press releases, interviewing members, and contributing to the blog and newsletter. Ryan has started to work on a marketing research project with the membership committee. He has been a member of the Cleveland AMA since February 2015.
Who are you?
I have a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University, an MBA in Strategic Marketing from the University of Akron, and I am looking forward to pursuing an MSMR in the Fall or January of next year. I have lived in the Akron/Cleveland area my entire life and I love the Cleveland Browns to an unhealthy extent.
What is your position within the AMA?
I currently work as PR volunteer for the Communication committee and I am going to be transitioning to work on projects with the Membership committee.
Why did you join the AMA?
I have a degree in marketing so it made sense to do so. I read the Journal of Marketing Research at the gym while I pedal on the exercise bike. I am exposed to a lot of consumer behavioral science from the academic articles I read. I have started to go around explaining “The Endowed Progress Effect” to everyone I meet.
What do you love about volunteering?
I get to learn more about marketing from people who work in the field. They are very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and ethical.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies including reading novels and attending book clubs, playing basketball and soccer, and writing. I am on the fifth (and hopefully final) draft of a novel I started writing seven years ago. I hope to self-publish later this year. I prefer French literature. I have read the complete works of Albert Camus (my personal favorite), Michel de Montaigne, and Francois Rabelais.
What are three interesting facts about you?
I own a 23-pound Tabby cat who is a ferocious biter.
My grandfather ran on the same track team with Jesse Owens.
I have been to a dozen European countries yet have never been west of Chicago.
If you could be one character in Mad Men (or any other television show) who would it be?
This is so easy: Roger Stirling. He has all the best one-liners, a light nonchalance and breezy air about him, and he is so smooth he could walk between the raindrops without ever getting wet.
What are your career and/or personal ambitions?
I would one day like to own my own business. It could be something as simple as a café, martini bar, or bookstore, or something a little more involved such as a solar installation wholesale company or a marketing research consulting firm.