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Meet Ryan L Kiscaden: A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That

Posted Feb 24, 2014 by Ryan Kiscaden

When you write a blog about yourself you may think it has to be the easiest topic.  At least, I did.  You have to think about the past, present, and future to really truly communicate something compelling to share.  I will start with the basics.  I love to play drums as a hobby, read, and spend time with my wife.  I am recently married (10/5/2013) and enjoyed a very fun honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Two events when I was there helped shape me to who I am today and my change in life.

‚ÄčThe first event was being able to see how a third world country’s inhabitants live and are educated.  We were given a brief 15 minute look inside a classroom in the Punta Cana mountains.  It was simply breathtaking.  The children there all spoke Spanish but were being taught English as a second language.  They were learning about nouns when we stopped in.  There was no air conditioning, just open windows.  The children were extremely happy.  I couldn’t imagine living the life they did without any electricity or today’s consumer necessities.  They were fun, anxious to meet us, and were not at all bothered by their poverty.  I found this inspiring.  They were who they were and they were comfortable in their own skin.  They didn’t want which they didn’t know about.  Wouldn’t life be easier if we all lived that way? 

Another experience I had was strongly encouraged by my wife to conquer one of my fears.  Thus she strongly encouraged to give zip lining a try.  I was completely scared to do such a thing.  I am a risk avoider by nature.  I can remember climbing the first platform and thinking, “I really don’t want to do this.”  I can remember shaking and gripping the wire tight.  I was thinking of anyway out of this.  Long story short, the instructor told me to loosen up and give it a try.  You might not be able to tell it because I was wearing sunglasses but the fear was in my eyes.  It looked like I had seen a ghost.  My wife says to me, “how was it?”  I said I can’t feel my toes right now and I’m shaking like a tree but where is the next line!”.   Experiencing new pleasures hasn’t always been the first thing on my to do list.  But I can honestly tell you that depending on the thrill, they are all worth trying at least once.

Being a Senior Account Executive for a non-profit such as Thermostat Recycling involves a little bit of all these experiences mentioned.  In means dedication to your job, experiencing new things, and overcoming fears.  I think it also means knowing your way around the industry.  I think that means knowing a little bit about marketing and business.  I also think it means being articulate, to the point, and straight forward.  As I have experienced in this industry, many appreciate the facts and no distortions.  This business is made up of salt of the earth folks.  They want to earn a good living and provide for their families.  In a lot of ways that means doing the right thing and doing it consistently.  Word of mouth isn’t just their business reputation; it is also their reputation as people.  They serve the local community.  They are involved in local affairs.  What better person to cultivate these relationships than someone born in Lancaster County, PA (or as affectionately call it, “Pennsyltucky”).  The folks where I grew up know how to stretch a dollar and make their hours on the job count. 

That being said, the senior account position is tasked with relationship growing of ambitious nationwide goals and as the position entails education, awareness training to members of the channel, and involvement in many industry functions.  It means relating to those who have the ability to influence the amount of thermostats thrown in the trash.  It also means knowing my way around corporate.  I profess to being able to assist with both.  All considered, I like our chances with the team at TRC to really help remove mercury out of the waste stream.  If you have questions or wish to reach me, see below for my contact information. 

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Ryan previously worked for a wholesale distributor totaling six years of HVAC/R channel experience and has a BA in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College.  He is currently expected to graduate with a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Elizabethtown College in May 2014.

Ryan can be reached at ryan.kiscaden@thermostat-recycle.org or 1-571-302-0877.