Meet Ryan!

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We’re thankful that so many customers use commonsku as the platform to power their business and many of you have asked about our team so, we thought we would share more about the people behind the platform!

Ryan Harris is a burst of confident energy on the commonsku team and his Torontonian mind keeps him curious and open to a wide variety of interests, from music to round ball. You can learn a little bit more about the man behind the impressions, below, and you can connect with Ryan on commonskuLinkedIn and Instagram.

What is your role at commonsku?

I am a Business Development Representative with commonsku. I love my role because I get to speak to people on a daily basis and let them know how we may be able to help their business. I get to have a conversation with real people in the industry and learn about how their business operates. 

Is there a memorable customer service project (where you helped a customer with a tough situation) that really stands out for you?

I worked for a major bank for a few years and it amazed me that so many people had services on their accounts that they were not aware of. I was not meant for that industry as I was far too honest and sympathetic towards people who were frustrated or confused by their banking experience. Every time I saw a service on someone’s account I knew wasn’t right for them, I told them. I was told quite often that my honesty was greatly appreciated and that was the best feeling for me.

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Toronto and grew up not far from where commonsku is located. I am spoiled in the sense that I can walk to work!

How did your childhood home or town help shape your worldview and how you think?

Growing up in Toronto has definitely helped me become both open and open-minded in society. We live in a world that is always changing and Toronto has always been accepting and embracing of these changes. It really is a melting pot of cultures and personalities, which helps connect you to so many types of individuals.

What hobbies/interests do you have? What do you enjoy doing when not at work?  

I am a massive basketball fan. Basketball is a sport I love to not only watch but play as well. Growing up in Canada, I never got into hockey for some reason. Basketball is a sport you can just grab a ball and go. I love how easy it is and how you can walk to your local court, both indoor or outdoor, and start playing pick-up with anyone who happens to be there. It can turn out to be a great social event and generally people of all skill levels can play together. I keep up with everything basketball related and I’m a passionate Toronto Raptors fan. It can be quite the emotional ride, as everyone knows we shrink in the playoffs, but I remain loyal and dedicated!

Favorite Artist?

Music is something else I am passionate about, I can enjoy music of almost every genre. I am a huge hip hop fan but I also love certain classic rock, alternative, R&B and even pop. I could go from listening to Fleetwood Mac to 2Pac or Mumford & Sons to Drake. It really depends on my mood! My versatility makes me an excellent concert partner.

Best live band you’ve ever seen?

The Roots were one of the best live performances I’ve seen as they are a rap group who produces most of their beats using instruments from their band members. I got to see Nas, who is considered by many, one of the greatest rappers of all time and he did not disappoint. Arcade Fire was one alternative band I saw live who was awesome. I also thought Justin Timberlake did an amazing job live and can play way more instruments than I was originally aware of.

Do you have a playlist you’d like to point us to?

I use Google Play Music and I love working to a beat. I usually get distracted and end up singing along if I know the words so I listen to instrumental playlists when I work. If you enjoy funky, hip-hop type instrumentals, I recommend the “Chill Indie Beats” playlist or “Downtown Instrumentals” playlist.

What has been one of the most significant moments in your life?

When I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in the fall of 2011. I am now at a place where I am comfortable and have learned to deal with my health issues in the right way but there were years of struggle and confusion along the way. It proved to me that anything can happen to anyone at any time, despite how they live their life or whether or not they make good decisions. It also made me respect so many individuals dealing with lesser known, “silent diseases” like Crohn’s or Colitis. 

If this afternoon, you suddenly found yourself without anything to do and you decided to just go hang out somewhere outside (with no agenda, no appointments, no obligations), where would you go?

I could go sit on a bench with a coffee in-hand and just people watch for hours. I have never been able to pinpoint exactly why I am so interested in how people go about their daily lives, but it certainly keeps me distracted.

What’s your latest binge TV or movie series? Why did you like it?

The last series I finished was, “The People vs. OJ Simpson” and it truly blew me away. Even though I knew the story I had no idea how intense the trial was and how many different twists and turns occurred. I thought the casting was brilliant and I can truly see why it is considered, “The Trial of the Century”.

What odd or secret skill do you have that no one really knows about?

I can be pretty good at impressions when I want to be. However, if I am put on the spot, it never comes out the same!

People or things? In other words, do you gravitate to projects or people more? 

I think regardless of the situation I will always choose to work or surround myself with people and personalities I enjoy and value. I have been put in situations where the task at hand did not interest me or sound very exciting but the people I worked with completely took my mind off of that altogether. I’ve also tried to do things I genuinely would enjoy but being surrounded by the wrong people completely changed my attitude towards the activity.

Best cup of coffee in Toronto?

In Bloor-West Village (West of High Park) there is a Roastery called, Coffee Tree which I love. When you get out of Jane Station you can smell their beans roasting as soon as you hit the street. I quickly became addicted and learned smaller, independent places are far superior to the larger chains like Starbucks.

 


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