Wilmington is booming!
That is how WRC Board Member Ryan Ball sees it.
“I think all of us that live in, or have lived, and love this city have seen dramatic change over the last decade for the positive,” said Ryan.
“You often don’t realized it until you step back and look at it. When you realize where we’ve come from and when you really look at the work that has been done to get us here.”
The combination of investments in new residential spaces as well as an increased focus on retail development has put the city in a good place, he explained.
“I believe Wilmington is in a place now that the years and years of building infrastructure, is starting to come to fruition,” he said. “You walk down Market Street and you’d be shocked if you didn’t see a new business popping up every three weeks that is well thought out, and serves a niche audience, and is from a local entrepreneur.”
This is key, said Ryan. You need to have all of these elements working at the same time to not only create growth, but also a genuine personality for a city and downtown.
“I like to walk up and down Market Street at least once a week to take a look at what we have going on, he said. “I was there the other day, stopped by Stitch House (Brewery) and there was a lively atmosphere in there. Very vibrant. It was eclectic. And that represents, to me, the mix that we have in Wilmington.”
Ryan began his professional career with ING Direct in 2005, later joining Capital One. He is currently the Head of Branch and Café Customer Experience.
It is Capital One’s emphasis on community engagement that led to him to get involved with WRC and joining the board. He currently serves as the head of the communication committee and is part of the executive committee.
“Capital One has a national agenda for community engagement, and we distill that to the local level where we have a workforce presence,” said Ryan. “We have a large employee base here in Wilmington. So we looked at the WRC and we really felt that they were an extremely forward thinking group that had the resources and skills to have a positive impact in Wilmington.”
Ryan was born and raised in Delaware. He grew up in a family business environment. His parents started Floor Concepts, INC. on Kirkwood Highway over 35 years ago. He went to the University of Delaware where he earned both his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s in Business Administration.
In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife Amy and their son Braeden at home or enjoying the great outdoors.