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Richard J. Bryan

Richard J. Bryan

International CEO takes you beyond theory and shares his Road-Tested Leadership Lessons to help you accelerate your success.

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Price range

  • $15,000 - $25,000
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Expert

  • Business
  • Business Growth
  • Generational Issues
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Succession Planning
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Experience

  • Automotive
  • Real Estate
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Career

  • 14 Years
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  • About

    At 28 years of age, Richard J. Bryan took the reins of a $120 million family-owned car and truck dealership business when his father was forced to retire due to illness. That alone was a challenge. Worse, the business was losing $3.5 million a year. In his 10 years as CEO, Richard’s leadership style matured from a controlling micromanager to more of a coach and mentor. 

    With the help of his own mentor Frank, Richard was able to articulate a crystal-clear vision, hire the right people, forge a dynamic team and ultimately help the business to survive and then thrive in a competitive industry. He eventually sold the car business and embarked upon a new career. 

    Today you can find Richard gracing stages as a keynote speaker, author and executive coach to business owners and senior leaders. His niche is in leadership succession planning, working with both family-owned and privately held businesses of all sizes in the US and Canada. He is also a member of the National Speakers Association.  

    Richard and his wife proudly own The Bryan Group Inc. in the US and BBH Properties, a real estate investment company based in the UK. 

    When he is not traveling you can find Richard in Evergreen Colorado, the place he now calls home.

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  • Program

    Keynote | Educational | Motivational

    In this interactive and entertaining program based on his book, “Handing Over the Reigns: A Concise Guide to Succession Planning,” Richard shares how to create a seamless leadership transition from one generation to the next.  Richard will use his personal story as a case study and share entertaining stories that provide humor, encourage audience participation and teach the simple strategies that need to be in place for succession planning to be successful.  Audience members will walk away with a personal action plan they can implement the first day back at their organization. Richard will show the audience not only what to do, but what NOT to do to guarantee business continuity for years to come. 

    Key Takeaways: 

    •            Develop (or update) your succession plan now before you need it!

    •            Understand how to hire with next-generation leadership in mind

    •            Minimize conflict by planning ahead

    •            Learn the difference between a contingency plan and a succession plan for your business

    •            Know what to look for when building a team of trusted advisors

    •            Ensure a seamless leadership transition from one generation to the next and guarantee business success for years to come 

    This program is ideal for business owners, family businesses and anyone faced with a leadership transition.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational

    (Success)ion Planning Strategies for Current and Next Gen Business Leaders

    In this interactive and entertaining program based on his book, Handing Over the Reigns: A Concise Guide to Succession Planning, Richard shares how to create a seamless leadership transition from one generation to the next.  Richard will use his personal story as a case study and share entertaining stories that provide humor, encourage audience participation and teach the simple strategies that need to be in place for succession planning to be successful.  Audience members will walk away with a personal action plan they can implement the first day back at their organization. Richard will show the audience not only what to do, but what NOT to do to guarantee business continuity for years to come.

    Key takeaways

    • Define your Leadership Role– Leverage your unique talents to focus on what only you can accomplish for your enterprise
    • Cultivate a Team of “A-Players”– Hire people you trust who have future leadership potential
    • Create a Succession Plan– Insure a seamless leadership transition from one generation to the next and guarantee business success for years to come

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational

    Richard J. Bryan became the reluctant CEO of his family’s high-profile business at the ripe and “not-so-ready” age of 28.  He faced huge challenges and made some impressive mistakes along the way. Now, he’d like to share highlights from his journey to help you. 

    Richard goes beyond theory, to outline the 7 reality-tested leadership lessons he learned along the road to becoming a respected leader. Richard will share excerpts from his no-nonsense, leadership book, Being Frank, to help you smooth out some of the bumps along your road to greatness. 

    Key Takeaways:

    Leadership Lesson #1: Know Your Role
    Focus on what only you can and should be doing as a leader.

    Leadership Lesson #2: Hire People Smarter Than You
    Place the right people in the right role and then…get out of their way.

    Leadership Lesson #3: Stay Coachable
    True leaders know that asking for help is never a sign of weakness.

     

  • Review
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    “His presentation style was unassuming and knowledgeable, which immediately built rapport with our audience. In short, Richard was highly effective and I would recommend him without hesitation.”

    John Deere Robert Z.
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    “Working with Richard has taken our Region's business performance to new heights! His direction and expertise have advanced our overall growth and bottom-line performance.”

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car Clint Y.
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    “As a Director and leader of a global business, I have found Richard's insight into leadership, people management and managing a business through change of great value. Richard's an outstanding speaker, who utilizes story-telling, practical "lessons learned" and humor, delivered with real authority and authenticity.”

    Arrows Group Global UK Mike J.
As a Director and leader of a global business, I have found Richard's insight into leadership, people management and managing a business through change of great value. Richard's an outstanding speaker, who utilizes story-telling, practical "lessons learned" and humor, delivered with real authority and authenticity.
Arrows Group Global UK Mike J.