CANDIDATE STATEMENT • SAMPLE BALLOT:
My priorities as your Trustee include establishing a focus on student success while being fiscally efficient and transparent with taxpayer dollars. After earning my Associate’s Degree from NOCCCD’s Fullerton College, I went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Business Administration, Certificate in Finance, and Master Certificate in Federal Financial Management.
As a proud husband, father, businessman, committed lifelong learner, and dedicated public servant with decades of business experience in a financial career, I have unique experience in higher education, K-12 education, and local government as a State University’s MBA Program Advisory Council Member, Chairman of a High School Site Council, and PTA Legislative Advocacy Chairman. I also serve the City of Yorba Linda as a Public Library Commissioner, General Plan Advisory Committee Member, and Citizen of the Year Selection Committee Member.
I will proudly represent and be accountable to the residents of Yorba Linda, Brea, and La Habra Heights, along with portions of La Habra, Fullerton, Placentia, and Anaheim. The NOCCCD oversees the campuses of Fullerton College, Cypress College, and North Orange Continuing Education.
Please visit my website www.RyanBent.org for additional information and thank you for your consideration.
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Official Candidate Biography
Ryan and his wife Emily are the proud parents of four kids and have been active volunteers within their community in and around Yorba Linda where they were both raised. Ryan and Emily met while working through college together at Disneyland. At the time they were married, Ryan thought he was a pretty good-catch but Emily has proven to him every single year since that he married-up.
Emily also earned the first Master’s Degree in the family along with her teaching credential while raising our first daughter and working part-time to begin her career in education. Emily’s pride and joy is her children and for the last several years, she has held the most challenging position on earth as a full-time mom and active community volunteer while revolving everything around the kids’ activities and education. Now that their children are all of school age with the oldest being in high school, Emily has very recently accepted a new part-time education director position at the family’s local church.
RECENT COMMUNITY SERVICE:
City of Yorba Linda Public Library Commissioner (2015-Present):
Appointed by the Yorba Linda City Council to serve a 4-year term as one of seven City Commissioners responsible for providing the City Staff and City Council with guidance and advice on such issues as: the adoption of standards for Library services, the selection of materials, and the establishment of Library rules and policies. The Commission also works closely with the Friends of the Yorba Linda Public Library, local schools, the business community, and other local agencies to ensure the highest quality of service.
City of Yorba Linda General Plan Advisory Committee - Vice Chairman (2012-2016):
Internally elected Vice-Chair after being appointed by the City Council to serve as one of five at-large Committee Members who joined existing City Commissioners for the purpose of drafting Yorba Linda's next 20-year General Plan, which will guide all policy decisions and their implementation on a go-forward basis.
City of Yorba Linda Citizen of the Year Selection Committee (2016):
Selected to serve with the Mayor on his committee to select 2016’s most outstanding citizen for a community full of extraordinary people who continuously serve causes greater than themselves.
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District - Yorba Linda High School Site Council – Chairman (2014-2018):
Internally elected Chair as one of three community members elected to serve on the Site Council who will help guide one of the finest public schools in the nation in its pursuit of continual excellence and who manages the approval of expenditures as they correlate to the School's Single Plan, Mission, Vision, and Values.
Parent-Teacher Association - Yorba Linda High School - Legislative Advocacy Chairman (2015-2018):
As a local officer of the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the state, PTA Legislative Advocacy Chairs are responsible for demonstrating leadership on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about PTA's issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals. The unit, council or district legislative chair provides PTA members with information about PTA positions on current legislation and issues.
City of Yorba Linda’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (2014-Present):
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Citizen Corps Program. CERT training is provided using a nationally recognized curriculum approved by FEMA. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Colorado State University MBA Program Advisory Council (2013-2016):
Appointed by the CSU MBA Program Director and MBA Advisory Council Selection Committee. The Colorado State University MBA Advisory Council evaluates the MBA program experience from the perspective of current students and recent graduates for the purpose of identifying improvement opportunities for implementation to achieve continued excellence and international recognition.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Citizens’ Academy Graduate - Class # 1 (2013):
Selected by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Community Relations Manager. The Citizens’ Academy is designed to give citizens an in-depth look at the daily operations of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The curriculum includes interactive course instruction along with field trips provided by a variety of Sheriff’s Department personnel who are experts in their respective fields.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & GRADUATE STUDIES:
Over the last decade, Ryan has been employed by Canon where he has had the unique opportunity to partner with hundreds of businesses including Fortune 500, large multi-national corporations, regional organizations, government agencies, universities, colleges, school districts, and local businesses. During these years, he has been an executive that specializes in business productivity services and equipment, workflow solutions, and financial services. Ryan continuously draws upon his experience to offer skilled evaluations, process reviews, and counsel to his clients.
In addition to a demanding work schedule, Ryan pursued the continuing of his education to help prepare him for future executive management opportunities in business and public service opportunities in and around his community. He first attended Cal State Northridge to complete his Master of Public Administration degree with university honors. In the middle of this program, Ryan’s second daughter was born. After completing the program, Ryan began coaching his oldest daughter’s softball team for a couple seasons before having a third child, Ryan and Emily’s only son. A couple years later, Ryan evaluated Master of Business Administration programs locally and elsewhere before selecting the distance program offered by Colorado State University which would allow him to be a rare student in their joint-program. This offering allowed him to simultaneously pursue a CSU MBA with a Master Certificate in Federal Financial Management from Graduate School USA in Washington DC and another Certificate in Finance from the CSU College of Business.
While in the middle of the Colorado State University program, Ryan and Emily’s final daughter was born. Around that time, Ryan was also selected to become a MBA Program Mentor for fellow students. Upon graduation, Ryan was appointed by the MBA Program Director to the university’s MBA Advisory Council where he served for three years, wrote multiple guidance reports for the Deans, completely re-drafted the council’s charter, and later wrote the charter’s first amendment. Through this council, Ryan worked with other the extraordinary professionals from across the country who would work remotely together throughout the year completing projects for the university but who formally came together for meetings a couple times a year. Many great friends were made during these years and their collective dedication to volunteerism in order to give back to their university was an inspiration to all involved. Ryan enjoyed his many trips to the beautiful Fort Collins, CO campus and Emily occasionally joined him as their family schedule would allow. One of the times, they took the opportunity to enjoy a post-meeting road trip to see Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
EARLY LIFE THOUGH UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION:
Ryan, along with his younger brother, grew-up in the best way possible, benefiting from excellent schools, abundant athletic fields, and a great public library. Both of Ryan’s parents were raised in military families as his grandfathers served in the Navy and Air Force. After the better part of 5 decades in the workforce, Ryan’s recently retired Dad was a construction manager who enjoyed coaching his little league baseball teams and his work-ethic eventually earned him an executive management position for a major homebuilder. Ryan’s Mom was also an active volunteer who helped coach a first couple seasons of youth soccer, occasionally parent-taught ‘Project Self-Esteem’ classes and assisted teachers at Ryan’s elementary school before beginning her own now 29-year teaching career working hard for the La Habra City School District. The 1980s and early-1990s were a great time to be a kid. In between sports seasons, Ryan enjoyed his family’s various hobbies including: taking river trips, dirt biking, snow skiing, camping vacations, and family get-togethers.
During the high school years, Ryan attended Esperanza HS and was fortunate to play three sports his freshman year before focusing on two for the remaining years. He was on varsity teams for seven seasons between Football and Wrestling, won multiple championships, and was a member of one of the most accomplished wrestling teams in his school’s history, which also had the incredible opportunity to learn from the great Dan Gable himself while attending the University of Iowa’s summer training camp together. Once the final season ended his senior year, Ryan started working at Disneyland where he worked through college and received multiple promotions over his eventual 5-year tenure.
In a personal growth moment at age 18, Ryan weighed his options and decided to not pursue athletics further in order to focus more intently on his College education and new job working for Disney which he believed would prepare him well for a future in business. He enrolled at Fullerton College and also accepted a seasonal wrestling coach position at his former high school, where he instructed members of the Varsity, JV, and Freshman teams for three seasons. Ryan had a great experience at Fullerton College where he majored in business, was challenged by the rigor of his coursework, felt at-home on campus, and was impressed by the caliber of his professors.
Ryan continued his business education at Cal State Fullerton where he became intricately involved on campus. By the time he graduated, Ryan had been Captain of the University’s Advertising Team, and held various leadership positions on the Advertising Club’s Board. Ryan was also appointed by the CSUF College of Communications to be the only business major serving on their Inter-Club Leadership Council & Financial Committee. Immediately after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Ryan embarked on a new career focused on business to business marketing, sales, and finance.