Eight great Network members will be joining the Leadership Council for three year terms beginning in 2017. We sat down with new council member Ryan Sivill to learn a little more about his work at BKD and his take on why Springfield is a great place for young professionals.
Tell us a little about your day to day role and responsibilities within your organization.
As an audit senior manager at BKD, I coordinate and supervise the financial statement audits of commercial businesses and higher education institutions in the Ozarks and around the state. Managing the audits involves connecting the needs of business owners to our resources and making sure that our team delivers on BKD’s promise of Unmatched Client Service. In addition to managing audits, I also serve as the audit department head for BKD’s Southern Missouri practice. In this role I get to help coordinate the coaching, scheduling and overall development of our talented young staff. In short…I get to help manufacture accountants.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Until recently you could find my wife (Elizabeth) and I at almost any Bears sporting event, playing golf on the weekends or just hanging out grilling in our backyard.
In June of 2015, we were blessed with the birth of our incredible daughter Avery. Therefore, now when I’m not working, my goal is to do whatever Avery wants. Lucky for us, she already has fun on the golf course and says “Go Bears Go!” anytime she sees a maroon bear.
How long have you lived in Springfield?
I came to Missouri State in the fall of 2003, met my wife during college and we never left!
How did you first get involved with The Network?
Early in my career, I was encouraged to look into The Network by Gary Schafer, a BKD partner and one of the early leaders of The Network. Over the course of my career, I have been fortunate to watch many other BKD’ers such as Andy Lear, John Wanamaker and others lead by showing the importance of the role of the Chamber in our community.
What's your favorite place for a lunch meeting?
Ebbets Field, Hickory Hills or anywhere with pizza.
What's the best place to unwind after a long day at work?
Wherever Avery wants me to be! (But preferably at JQH Arena watching the Bears or on the couch watching Sesame Street)
In your opinion, what's the best part of being a young professional in Springfield?
My family loves Springfield because Springfield is a great place to be a family. Great schools, kind people, fantastic restaurants, collegiate sports and family activities through the Library and Park Board. In summary, many of the amenities of a larger city with the convenience and appeal of a close-knit Missouri community.