Ever since I was a 14-year-old child, it was clear to me that there were no photographers in the softball sporting community who were passionate enough about working in the specific sporting field. This is why I launched Tom Ryan Photography - to challenge the contractors not providing this value.
Two years later, I had realised that I preferred management and the various opportunities that business management presented - this is where I launched IN-SPY, to continue the work of Tom Ryan Photography, but to also employ additional photographers.
Throughout my final year of high school, I had a number of people reach out to me for assistance with digital and social media, along with creative promotional marketing needs. This is when I merged both creative and management experience I had developed at previous ventures and firms I had consulted, and launched TR Advisory to specifically assist sales teams with their communication, presentation and CRM.
Leading into 2017, I launched a business that I had been planning for years, and it all fell into place quite quickly. In its simplest form, there was no bespoke tailoring solution that was as cost-effective, quality controlled, extensive in regards to the range of product characteristics and options, and timely, as what I had developed for TR Suiting. Since launching TR Suiting, we have also launched Womenswear by TR Suiting focusing on assisting women with their professional appearance as well, because everyone should have access to superior quality bespoke suiting.
In my mind, I also knew that I wanted to pursue tertiary studies in business, specialising in executive management and organisational development. I worked out that although you could attain experience and the extremely valuable insight with experiences in entrepreneurship, the absence of a degree remains a problem within business more broadly. I was fortunate enough to secure a place at Macquarie University, which has provided me with direct access to fulfill such educational objectives, close to where I work. Through investment from the NSW Government, Macquarie University has further provided me with corporate solutions for incubation and entrepreneurial support on campus, which has assisted my educational and work effectiveness and productivity, dramatically throughout the year. I have also engaged with students to develop a stronger social and professional presence among Faculty of Business and Economics students on campus through the Macquarie University Business Society.
Basilur Tea Australia was really the odd one out - there wasn't a problem at all. However, this was a business that I knew I could add overwhelming value to in regards to processes and implementation of the necessary controls for domestic growth and improvement within client relations. I have played a proactive role in developing our relationships with clients, partners and subsidiaries across Australia, and it has been an intriguing opportunity to work for this organisation.
It's hard to believe that everything you have just read - all of the experiences and opportunities listed above - were part of my childhood.
In addition to being proactive within my work, I have always been proactive when it comes to opportunities to learn. My core belief is that we should always be learning in whichever facet of education, work and society, we find ourselves in.
On my 18th birthday, I walked in to my accountant's office and signed the 22 necessary signatures to become the CEO, Managing Director of The Tom Ryan Group. This is where I formalised my life's work into one parent company; a body which represents the true workings of what I believe in, and what I feel is important to be focusing on. In addition to channeling its subsidiaries, The Tom Ryan Group also invests, provides professional pro-bono consulting services to young entrepreneurs through TR Youth, and has an extensive focus in its vision to help young people take a stand for themselves in the world.
In October, a close friend of mine and I were discussing the corporate environment, and particularly, the gap within professional development access in a range of disciplines. We then developed Partem to connect industry leaders with those who are seeking to advance in their professional careers. This is achieved through interactive platforms to enable those in our network to benefit from the shared insight and experiences of others. Partem is a venture that has my attention, and I am very pleased with its prospects going forward.
I don't believe individuals can use time as an excuse anymore, nor do I think that weighed up against rationality, the possibility to make something for yourself should ever be dismissed.
CEO, Managing Director