Alumnus of the Month

Name: Ryan Keigher

Kwantlen Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Leadership

Grad Year: 2012

Employed as: Manager, Business Banking at Coast Capital Savings

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What are your primary responsibilities at your job:

I am a relationship manager managing a portfolio of business customers in the small business market. The accounts often require attention related to deposits and cash management, and lending. The lending component focuses on lines of credit, loans and commercial mortgages. I also provide vehicle leasing options in business names, options in equipment finance, and provide letters of credit upon request.


What is your favourite part of your work?

The site visits and seeing my members. I get to meet their employees, see how their business operates and get the full view of their business; more than just on paper. I think my co-workers are also a great added benefit to my job. They’re great to work with and their willingness to help is instrumental to our team success.


How do you like to unwind/handle stress?

Go for a walk or a run, and sometimes the driving range. I find a glass of scotch is a great way to finish off a hard day as well.


Who is the most famous person you've ever met?

I met Pat Quinn on a few occasions. He even introduced me to King Richard Brodeur, so for a hockey fan that was pretty awesome.


If you had a time machine and could have lunch with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

To be honest, I would forget about lunch with just one person and have a panel discussion with Warren Buffett, Tim Horton, Arlene Dickinson, Sam Walton, and Ursula Burns.


Where does your inspiration come from?

My own drive, the success of my friends surrounding me, and my dad.


Where do you see yourself in one, five or 10 years?

In one year, I plan to continue as a Manager, Business Banking. In five years, I plan to be in a mid-market relationship manager role here at Coast. In 10 years it’s too hard to tell since the banking world can change a lot.


What are you most proud of?

Earning my business degree and getting my career started.


Greatest advice for life?

Sometimes we need to remember that to be entrepreneurial doesn’t mean to start a business. We can all be entrepreneurial by finding and exploiting opportunities, inviting innovation, embracing challenges, and looking at our network. And don’t forget, it’s not what you know or who you know, but rather who knows you.


Favourite KPU moment?

Being part of the KPU re-branding in 2010 and 2011.


What's the last book you read?

The Rosie Project, and now I am reading the sequel, The Rosie Effect. It completely reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.


What's currently on your iPod?

When I select the genius playlist it seems to mostly play Mumford and Sons.