Who’s Who: Ryan Strathmeyer, COO of Innovative Financial Group
Who’s Who of Wilmington Today: Meet Ryan Strathmeyer, COO, Innovative Financial Group
Innovative Financial Group, based in Wilmington, is one of the fastest-growing insurance brokerages in the country. Offering a diverse product portfolio from A-rated insurance companies, IFG offers life insurance solutions, retirement planning, health and Medicare, property and casualty, worksite/group benefits and debt recovery solutions. Here we meet Chief Operation Officer Ryan Strathmeyer.
Where are you from?
I was born in York County, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
How did you end up in Wilmington?
I relocated to Wilmington from Washington, D.C., with my wife in August of 2018.
What is your favorite part about living in the area?
I love being near the beach, and Wilmington’s historic downtown is also a huge plus.
What made you decide to open your business here?
Wilmington was originally a vacation spot for the former owners of Innovative.
What is your average workday like?
It starts early, between 6 and 7 am, and it is fast-paced from then until 8 pm pretty much
every day. We have been fortunate to grow quickly, which has required us to be very hands-on to support our distribution of more than 8,000 insurance agents.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Not only do I get to work with two of my best friends that I grew up with, but also we get to provide opportunities to our distribution to help them improve their lives.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
We have a lot of moving pieces at any given point, and I have my hands on a lot of those pieces.
What are three words that describe you?
Competitive, hardworking and caring.
What has been the most surprising and/or rewarding about your role at Innovative Financial Group?
Seeing someone go from struggling in their life to being successful. It is undeniably the most rewarding part of what we do.
Do you have any goals for the company?
To be the largest, most positively disruptive insurance marketing organization in the country. I want IFG to have an impact at the top level and continue to develop insurance products that can emphatically change the landscape of our industry.
What will you do to achieve those goals?
Hard work and surrounding myself with other highly motivated and determined individuals.
How has your business pivoted during COVID-19?
We shifted a large portion of our distribution to telesales and non-face to face sales by the utilization of technology.
Is there anything else we should know about your business?
Innovative Financial Group was recognized as the Insurance Marketing Organization of the Year and as the 2020 Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies.
Innovative Financial Group
5101 Dunlea Court #201C, Wilmington