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“Hopefully (your journey) is not all good. Cause if it’s all good. You got cheated.” - Bill Ryan Bill Ryan, the Founder, and CEO for William Ryan Homes (https://www.williamryanhomes.com/), is a native of Pittsburgh and family home building. “My grandfather built his first home in Pittsburgh in 1925,” says Ryan. “My dad and uncles eventually became part of that business, with my dad taking on the role of opening up new cities for the company. That’s how we ended up in Cincinnati. Having gone to school at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I spent some time in Chicago and fell in love with it. By 1990, I had an overwhelming urge to start my own home building company and, at that time, Chicago was picked to be the country’s leading home building market. So that made the decision pretty easy and I packed up my family and headed to Chicago.” Ryan’s move paid off as the still privately-held company has built more than 10,000 single-family homes and branched beyond Chicago to markets in Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona 2:30 Bill's family history 15:31 How Bill came to Chicago from Pittsburgh and started his own business 25:31 Best ways to work and not work with family 32:00 Growing up learning the business from his dad 33:19 How Bill survived and thrived during the 2008 recession 36:30 How Bill started his company 44:47 What would you do differently? 50:39 How were you able to grow so fast? 57:30 Leveraging the Ryan name 57:00 Getting into manufactured housing 1:05:00 How to take the right risks 1:10:00 How Bill built so many homes per year 1:17:00 How they survived the 2008 recession 1:25:34 What are you working towards? 1:36:00 How do you train team members 1:38:08 Quinton's True Takeaways 1:40:06 Could you have built this business in any other country? Be sure to check out https://www.ditchdiggerceo.com for shownotes, clips, quotes, and other great entrepreneurial wisdom! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @DitchDiggerCEO!