We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Piere and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ryan, did college have a meaningful and positive impact for you?
Yes college has made a positive impact in my life and career. I have had multiple experiences where the employer does not consider the applicant just because they have not received a degree of some sort. College has given me skills that no one can take. Two things college has taught me patience and persistence. If you consistently put the work in you will achieve everything you thrive for and more. It also felt like I was in college forever so it helped me set long term goals and come to an understanding that somethings just take time. In the long run I believe it is worth the price tag. There are many more skills I have obtained in college that I consider priceless. I would recommend college for everyone.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

RP Design is a photography and graphic design company. We pride ourselves on quality and relationships. A lot of our clients are continuous and overtime we build a good relationship and often workout a deal that works for both parties. What sets RP design apart is the fact that we can do professional photography and professional graphic art. There are more things that we are tapping into as well that I am still hashing out. RP design is working towards being a one stop shop for businesses. Our goal is to help businesses look the part and set themselves up for great things. I am most proud of the growth we have made as a business. As we are finding ourselves going through the same job processes, we are constantly trying to find a way to improve the process. Which in the end makes a better product. I’ve never been in a tough situation business wise. My business income is a bonus on top of my other occupation. I realize it takes time to build a good foundation for a business. There will come a time where this will be my only source of income. When that time comes, I’ll be ready. If there is one thing we want you to take away from RP Design I want you to know its all about you. You want to have a family shoot at the zoo? We will make that happen. Let us know, we’ll be there.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

If my best friend was visiting for a week, we would eat at Lolo’s chicken and waffles, we would hike squaw peak, and fire up the fire pit in the backyard on the first day for sure. The rest of the week would include picking up some wings from valley wings, attending a service at Kingdom in the Valley, a pizookie from BJs while enjoying some adult beverages, we would go to an Arizona State Football game (Go Devils!), hit some golf balls at Encanto park, and last but not least we would go to stand up live downtown.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Kye Russoul, he is a singer here in Phoenix. If you have not checked him out on Spotify please do. He has always given me encouraging words asks “how”. I will tell him my plan and he will ask how I am going to achieve that. I have done work for him, cover art and photo sessions. He is a big reason for me being where I am today.

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