Bethany College invites the community to alumnus Ryan Swartz' keynote speech at the 16th Business Career Conference at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3 in Burnett Center during homecoming, Hyllningsfest and Family Weekend activities.
Swartz was honored as a member of Ingram's Magazine "40 Under Forty" 2013 class as civic-minded business executive in the Kansas City region. Swartz became one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments, a firm with 38,000 employees.
While there, he earned President's Circle honors for being in the top 5 percent of planning consultants, recognition as the top regional planning executive, and a host of other awards.
"The role does not define the individual," Swartz said. "You can lead from any position, no matter what your business card says."
In 2011, Swartz was recruited to Creative Planning by President Peter Mallouk. In 15 months, Swartz posted a firm-best $270 million in new client assets there. He now mentors younger wealth managers for the Leawood firm.
Deeply involved in community service outside the office, Swartz maintains strong ties to his alma mater, Bethany College, working to raise funds that allowed the NAIA basketball program to compete in tournaments in Hawaii, as well as $6,000 to help buy a new shooting machine for the men's and women's teams there.
He takes volunteer, contributor and participant roles in the Tom Moore Memorial Scholarship fundraiser in Wellsville, works in the annual Backpacks for Hunger program through his church, and assists with the firm's efforts to help Higher M-Pact distribute 500 Thanksgiving meals to families throughout Kansas City.