Will Ryan

Will Ryan at Spring Conference

Will Ryan is a seasoned professional speaker with more than 30 years experience addressing corporate and community audiences around the world. He specializes in motivational sessions about diabetes for diabetics, families of diabetics and the medical community.

Since 1984, Will has been a member of Toastmasters International. He’s made hundreds of speeches and won awards for his inspirational messages. Will served as a senior leader in District 53 of Toastmasters International. In July 2007, Ryan was elected Governor, the senior leadership position for the district, which consists of 138 chapters and over 2,500 members in Connecticut, Eastern NY State and Western Massachusetts. Under his leadership, the District achieved the Distinguished District Award for the third year in a row. This had only been accomplished twice before in the District’s 52-year history.

Between 1992 and 2006, Ryan headed The Systems Sales Support Company, a company he founded. Its mission was to help clients increase sales and build customer relationships through the effective use of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software. Clients included non-US companies such as Hitachi Metals, Deutsche Bank and Cookson Electronics as well as domestically-owned global companies such as AEI (Air Express International), Transamerica Small Business Capital and Babcock & Wilcox.

His corporate experience includes senior executive positions as Division Chief Information Officer at American Express and CBS. He was a seller and a purchaser of large-scale computer hardware and software technology. Ryan held sales, sales management and marketing positions with major vendors: IBM, ITT and Amdahl.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University where he majored in Economics. He also earned an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

Since 1990, Will Ryan and his wife Susanna Opper live in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.


Susanna Opper

Susanna Opper

My wife Susanna is my partner in being a Joyful Diabetic. As the main cook and meal planner in our home, she’s very aware of my low carb requirements. Since what you eat begins at the supermarket, she helps by keeping inappropriate foods out of the house in the first place. She’s also tuned into my needs—from being my regular exercise partner to highlighting diabetes-related information online and in the local press.

Professionally Susanna is the most competent business writer I have ever known, and I’ve worked with dozens of writers. Even though I’m biased, take it from me–she’s the best! Please visit her Web site www.shawenon.com for more information.

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