Employee Spotlight: Co-Workers in Keds Getting Coffee
Episode 2: Meet Ryan Wilson, ClearGov Account Executive
Once every couple of months, we pry a coworker away from their computer (or in this case, headset) and interview them for the ClearGov blog. It’s our way of introducing clients and prospects to the people behind the platform. This quarter, we’re featuring my colleague and fellow “ClearGovernor” Ryan.
Ryan is smart, personable, super focused, and a quick study, He’s the kind of person that could strike up a conversation with a stranger in a coffee shop and end up managing the guy’s campaign for County Judge — and winning! We’ll get to that. Read on.
1. What do you do at ClearGov?
In his brief tenure at ClearGov, Ryan has quickly risen through the ranks from SDR superstar to accomplished AE. When asked to describe his role, Ryan speaks passionately about the information gap between governments and the communities they serve and using technology to bridge the divide.
He’s got real boots-on-the-ground experience in both community service and local government, so he knows firsthand some of the challenges civic leaders face and he’s genuinely excited to be in a position to help.
I sit across from Ryan and I occasionally overhear conversations (it’s a small office, don’t judge me). He once conceded to a prospect — rather convincingly — that although he could sometimes be perceived as “annoying” his “persistence was just one of the many endearing reasons his fiancée had agreed to marry him.” He got the demo — and the girl. Enough said.
2. What do you know about the public sector?
Originally from Memphis Tennessee, Ryan spent his formative college years in Waxahachie, Texas (“spelled just like it sounds,” he insisted) where he attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU). There, he found his calling, met the best friend he’d later marry, and honed the community outreach and interpersonal skills that make him such a valuable member of the ClearGov team today.
At SAGU, Ryan interned with The Waxahachie Project, a non-profit organization based in Ellis County that unites community leaders, business execs, non-profits, churches, and educational institutions to work toward common goals. As a marketing communications intern, Ryan led a citywide networking initiative to recruit and train 225+ college students to canvas the city. Under his direction, they conducted surveys, interviews, and focus groups with community leaders and residents. It’s easy to see how the lessons learned from this kind of grass-roots organizational experience inform Ryan’s conversations today with mayors and town administrators.
Now, about that stranger in the coffee shop running for a County Judge seat. Ryan struck up a conversation, liked what he heard, and agreed to help with website design. One thing led to another and soon Ryan was acting as campaign manager for then-candidate (and now duly elected county administrator) Todd Little.
Little successfully unseated a 10-year incumbent in a competitive county-wide Primary and Primary Runoff, overcoming an 11-point deficit to win the latter by 38 percent. He went on to win the General Election with a staggering 70% of the vote. Never underestimate the power of a chance encounter and a caffeinated beverage.
3. Let’s play bad news, good news. Bad: You’re stranded on a deserted island.