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Richard J Bryan | Leadership & Succession Planning Expert | Leadership Virtual Keynote Presentations

Richard J. Bryan is a Leadership Keynote Speaker and Succession Planning Expert. He works with business owners and senior leaders to help them build high performing teams of A-Players and develop effective succession planning strategies. At only 28 years of age, Richard J. Bryan took the reins of a 100 year old, $120 million, family owned, car and truck dealership in the UK after his father was forced to retire due to illness.  That alone was a challenge.   Worse, the business was losing $3.5 million a year and there was no leadership succession plan in place.  After a difficult start to his career and lots of mistakes Richard hired Frank, a seasoned executive and business turnaround specialist. With Frank's help Richard was able to clearly define his role as a leader, forge a team of trusted A-Players and learn the vital art of leadership succession planning. Ultimately, the business was able to survive and then thrive in a highly competitive industry with outstanding growth and profitability. After 10 years as CEO Richard sold the car business as part of a strategic sale to another UK based dealer group and transitioned his family business into real estate investment and development. Today, Richard is a speaker, author and executive coach who works with business owners and leaders helping them build high performing teams and plan for the long term success of their businesses. Richard is based in Evergreen, Colorado where he lives with his wife Melissa. His son and daughter have already flown the nest and are at university in California. He makes regular visits to his hometown of Bristol, England where he owns a successful commercial real estate business. Richard is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a former Board Member of NSA Colorado.  SPEAKING: Learn how to transform your business. By implementing some A-Player leadership strategies that work, Richard helps business owners and senior management to focus on their top priorities so that they can save time, grow revenue and significantly increase their bottom line profits. He is also an expert in succession planning for family and privately held businesses. He is an international speaker, author and business owner who has been in senior leadership roles in the Automotive and Real Estate industries for the past 25 years and understands the challenges facing leaders in business today. KEYNOTES [in-person or virtual keynotes options] • Leadership: LEARN TO LEAD: GUARANTEED TO SUCCEED 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. • Business Turnaround: WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GO FOR COFFEE - HOW TO GET YOUR BUSINESS BACK ON TRACK AFTER A CRISIS Go beyond theory with Richard J. Bryan and re-live the business turn-around tactics he learned over coffee (lots of coffee) with his brilliant, common-sense, business mentor Frank. Richard became the reluctant CEO of his family’s high-profile business at the age of 28, after his father became ill. He was facing $5 million of company debt, tough competition, unhappy manufacturer partners and, to top it off, the business was losing $3.5 million a year! He looked around and decided he needed help. Enter Frank. Fill your cup, pull up a chair and learn the top 10 road-tested, turn-around tactics that saved the business. With the help of the right mentor, Richard took his family business from near bankruptcy to profitable sale over the course of 10 years. He has gathered his key learnings (the good, the bad and the ugly) in his no-nonsense, leadership book Being Frank. He will share select excerpts from his book with you, in this value-packed, reality-tested, freshly brewed program. Key Takeaways - The Perils of Indecision: Trust your gut and stop second-guessing yourself - Find Your Focus: Remain laser-focused on your end goal, amid organizational chaos - The Power of a Plan: Strengthen your resolve to make the tough decisions • Succession Planning: THE SUCCESSION TSUMANI - SURVIVING A BUSINESS TRANSFER TO THE NEXT GENERATION 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 succession planning program is ideal for business owners, family businesses and anyone faced with a leadership transition. ** For full information on Richard's services and bespoke options click to his website from this profile**


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8 Reviews
Pete Pittman, Wells Fargo Advisors
His storytelling style is compelling ...

His storytelling style is compelling and what resonated most with my clients was that Richard has been through a business succession with difficult circumstances, so he has direct experience in developing and implementing a succession plan.

June 2020

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Kerry Hall, Executive Managing Director, Texas Capital Bank
The perfect fit for our event.

Richard weaved his pre-event research into the keynote so that it was informative, relevant and thought-provoking for our clients. His expertise, wisdom and humor were the perfect fit for our event.

June 2020

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Michael McCarron President & Owner, Lakeside Insurance
The highlights of the conference.

Richard’s keynote speech was one of the highlights of the conference.

May 2020

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