Bio – James T. Ryan

Jim Ryan is a leader in organizational development and executive search with 40 years in human resource management, operations and executive positions.  He has been instrumental in bringing about organizational change in virtually every company he has served, including his own.

Jim’s corporate experience includes pharmaceutical sales for Johnson & Johnson and Human Resource Management and executive leadership for The Singer Company, Frito-Lay and Welch Foods. In 1994 he established his own consulting firm and later built a successful staffing service, matching top-notch people with the businesses that could benefit most from their skills.

Over the years, Jim has managed human resources in both union and union-free facilities. He has negotiated many collective bargaining agreements with a variety of international unions earning the respect of the bargaining teams and the union membership.  At Welch’s, Jim initiated “Operation Excellence,” a task group designed to improve operational and organizational effectiveness.  He began the process to forge a new relationship between labor and management based on mutual understanding, cooperation and communication.

At Decision Associates, Jim led companies through strategic planning, succession planning, organizational development, executive search and the management of complex organizational change.  His use of state-of-the-art assessment instruments set Jim and Decision Associates apart from their competition.

With his trademark entrepreneurial spirit, Jim continued to strengthen businesses and non-profits through his involvement in The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, The Manufacturers’ Association of Northwest Pennsylvania, Board Chair of Opportunities Unlimited, Board Member and Officer of Stairways Behavioral Health, The Erie Community Foundation, and the Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) among others.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (with distinction) from The Ohio State University and an MBA with a concentration in organizational behavior from Gannon University.  He has completed human resource executive programs at The University of Michigan Graduate School of Business, The University of California at Irvine, The University of Southern California Center for Effective Organizations, Babson College and the Center for Creative Leadership. Jim holds a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resource Certification Institute and designation as a Master Human Capital Strategist from the Human Capital Institute.  He is a PXT Select™ Certified Professional, an Authorized Partner for Everything DiSC™, a Strategic Business Partner of Profiles International and a Certified Genos International Emotional Intelligence Practitioner

Jim is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam in 1969-70 with Tactical Air Control Parties attached to the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Army .  He holds nine military decorations.