Brand new to the team, Ryan Lannum just joined GoEpps as our Performance Manager. We talked with Ryan about what he loves about living in Nashville, how he found his way to online marketing, and what he enjoys about optimizing search engine performance for our diverse clients.
What Did You Enjoy Doing Growing Up?
Growing up, I enjoyed playing baseball, hanging out with friends and family, exercising, and spending time outside. I grew up in a very small town in Massachusetts, so it was very quiet most of the time. My family loved traveling, and I was fortunate to travel to a variety of fascinating places at a young age. From age 5-18, I was very involved in karate, working my way up to first-degree black belt.
What Brought You to Nashville?
I always wanted to strike out on my own and live somewhere completely different from what I’m used to. I went to college at Syracuse University. I loved it, but the area and people were very similar to what I was used to growing up. Part of me regretted not going to a school in an area that was different from what I knew.
My college roommate moved to Nashville right after graduating. When I visited him a few months later, I absolutely fell in love with it. I thought it was the perfect balance of being unique, yet giving me opportunities to fit in and get to know people. So I decided to apply to grad schools in the area and was accepted to Belmont University. Just a few months after deciding I wanted to live here, I made the 20-hour drive down to my fresh start and have been here ever since.
What Is the Most “Nashville” Thing You Do?
It may sound cliché, but I love spending time in the touristy areas of Nashville, including Broadway and Midtown. I enjoy meeting new people, and in those neighborhoods, I get the chance to talk to people from all over the world. I also love listening to live music, whatever genre is playing. And I eat hot chicken way too often.
What Are Some of Your Passions? What Brings You Joy?
I have always been into movies and consider myself a movie buff. Going to see a new movie in theaters is one of my favorite things to do. I’m also really into traveling, being outdoors, exercising, going to concerts, and just finding new things to do with friends.
How Did You Find Your Way into Online Marketing?
I decided pretty early that I wanted to major in marketing in college. I’ve always felt comfortable in the business world, and I enjoy how marketing has a good mix of creativity and business skills, as opposed to other aspects of business that are strictly numbers-based. I had a lot of experience with social media and computers from a young age, and with that, I felt online marketing was something I needed to be involved in.
What Makes the GoEpps Team Unique?
When looking for jobs in Nashville, I wanted to work in a place where I would be able to learn and grow in a fulfilling position that builds on my experience. GoEpps was a perfect fit. It’s a growing company where everyone works very hard. We work hard because we are treated well and have a great work-life balance. Every team member is extremely nice and hardworking, and they make going to work fun instead of a drag. I really like the freedom everyone gets. And the laid-back, yet focused atmosphere helps me be as productive as possible.