Podcast, Episode 97: Ryan McKelvey

Since recording this episode, Ryan McKelvey has been promoted to President of Cornerstone brands. Karen Mooney is the current president of Ballard Designs. 

Ballard Designs president Ryan McKelvey

Recording from Karen’s cozy and mythical basement, former President of Ballard Designs Ryan McKelvey joins the show. Ryan talks about what it is like to be the fearless leader at Ballard, and how he got here on his own career path. He discusses moments that made him grow professionally, gives us a glimpse into his own home designs, and shares what we can look forward to next at Ballard.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • More about Ryan’s start at L.L. Bean as a Manager in Product Development, and how he got to be the President of Ballard Designs.
  • Ryan has been working at Ballard for 19 years, and he has learned so much. He shares what is so special about the Ballard team, and his love for working with manufacturers to make the best products they can stand behind.
  • Ryan is a finance guy that can also plug in to his creative side, and he loves both.
  • What Ryan means when he says he loves solving people’s issues with a sense of style.
  • The design concepts that Ryan uses in his own homes to get a traditional yet eclectic look, using almost 90% of Ballard items (and where that other 10% comes from).
  • How they built their home from the ground up, and used scale drawings, a great builder and team, and a lot of research to do it correctly.
  • What life at a river cabin is really like, and the funny story of how Ryan created his electrical plan on the fly.
  • Our expert tips on how not to go completely crazy during a time of home building / renovation!
  • What Ryan learned about honesty and transparency when it comes to customer service, and examples where they also learned from their mistakes.
  • The next Ballard product that Ryan personally is excited about.
  • Why Ballard waits until a product is really ready to go to market rather than forcing or rushing something.

Mentioned In This Episode

Please send in your questions so we can answer them on our next episode! And of course, subscribe to the podcast in iTunes so you never miss an episode. You can always check back here to see new episodes, but if you subscribe, it’ll automatically download to your phone.

Happy Decorating!

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.