Ryan Hill

Executive MBA ’20

Hometown: Denver, CO

Pre-Daniels Experience: My 11 years of military experience in the U.S. Army had me leading teams from 2-200+ all over the globe. I served with NATO and taught leadership and hand-to-hand combat at the United States Military Academy, West Point. After leaving the military, I jumped into the startup world, most recently as a COO for a fitness startup, before making my way over to the non-profit space.

Current Job Title: Director of Operations at Rapid Housing Solutions. 

Hobbies: Running, cycling, hiking, reading, cooking and traveling.

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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?

Be prepared to really enjoy learning. It will be a lot of work but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at the same time.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Come check out a class and speak with current students. There is only so much you can learn from looking at a website.

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?

Surrounded by family in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains is no longer a dream – it’s a reality every day. I like doing anything active and/or outside, such as going to sporting events, the Denver Center for Performing Arts and exploring the culinary delights of the Denver metro area.

What were you looking for in a business school?

I wanted to learn more about business in many senses. From the basics that you don’t get in the military to the leadership philosophy that is applicable on the C-Suite level scale, they were all important to learn.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree? 

As a Colorado native, it is important to me and my family to stay rooted in Denver throughout our life. It only made sense to not only choose the best MBA program, but also connect to the Daniels network.

What has surprised you the most about business school? 

What surprised me most about business school is how close-knit the community is, especially within each cohort. I never thought my classmates would turn into my friends so quickly, which creates such a comfortable, exciting, yet challenging educational environment.

How did you get to know your classmates? 

The Executive MBA cohort is a tightly-knit group that promotes passionate discussion and debate around case studies and questions.

How did you manage work-life balance while taking classes? 

Life is about juggling. Some of the balls are glass and some of them are rubber. You can drop the rubber ones and they’ll bounce back up. However, if you drop the glass ones they’ll shatter. Know which is which and then lean on your support group (family, friends, etc.) to help you keep everything in the air. If it’s truly important to you, you won’t drop it.