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Ryan Farris of AlphaGraphics: “Honesty and transparency”

As part of my series about the “Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Farris.

Ryan Farris is the President and COO of AlphaGraphics with over 20 year in the print, marketing and marketing technology space. Ryan has been a leader in public companies, private companies and several of his own companies including one that built an app allowing non-verbal children to have a voice. Ryan grew up in Texas and currently resides in Colorado with his wife of 20 years and his three children.

Thank you so much for your time! I know that you are a very busy person. Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?

I got into my current line of work, which is largely print marketing and related marketing technology, early on. In college, I had started two businesses that were reasonably good, but I didn’t have all the experience needed to scale and grow them — all the things you need to know that you don’t quite get at that young age. As graduation approached, I sought out companies offering leadership development programs that would build those skills. Ultimately I wound up at a company called Consolidated Graphics, now R.R. Donnelley, that had a three-year program where I learned a lot about the print and marketing industry as well as key roles and responsibilities for growing a business.

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