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TOP 40 UNDER 40: Team play kicks Sirianni into Top 40

Penticton’s Ryan SiRianni with his Junior Chamber International senatorship confirmation certificate. This week’s Top 40 Under 40 recipient is currently working as the branch manager of the Oliver RBC location. - Mark Brett/Western News
Penticton’s Ryan SiRianni with his Junior Chamber International senatorship confirmation certificate. This week’s Top 40 Under 40 recipient is currently working as the branch manager of the Oliver RBC location.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Ryan Sirianni is a unique addition to the Top 40 Under 40.

Sirianni doesn’t own a business, but he utilizes his financial expertise to benefit JCI Penticton. The 37-year-old has worked for the RBC Royal Bank for 11 years, the last two as the Oliver branch manager. Sirianni leans on his knowledge to help ensure JCI events are successful.

“One of the things I’m able to bring to the chapter is budgeting and how to generate greater revenues,” said Sirianni, who owned a College Pro Painters franchise (employed eight at its peak) for two years and was awarded star manager both years.

“More efficient revenues from what we’re potentially already doing”

Sirianni learned a long time ago that working in a team ensures success.

As a third-year member of the University College of the Cariboo Sun Demons in 1998-99, Sirianni won a national soccer championship.

“It will always be a highlight of my life, just like being married (to wife Brooke) and having my first child,” he said. “That will always hold a spot in my heart. It was an honour.“This award for Top 40 Under 40, it’s not an award about me, it’s an award that involves the people that I have either mentored or partnered with or that have mentored me,” he continued.

When not at his job or giving his time to the JCI, the father of two (Danilo and Danika) loves spending time with his family, hunting, fishing (he is on the executive board for the Okanagan Bass Anglers), camping and playing soccer.

Sirianni joined the JCI in 2005 and was elected president a year later. Under his leadership, the local JCI chapter had several successes including membership growth and increased revenue.

Sirianni also helped establish new relationships within the community in addition to winning several awards.

A member that Sirianni recruited was Charles Cornell, who has been with JCI since 2008.

Sirianni convinced Cornell to join the fold after seeing him speak at an Olympic opportunities workshop.

Cornell describes Sirianni as a dedicated community member as he has helped with the JCI Penticton Discovery Challenge, OSNS Ironman/Challenge Fun Run, Business Excellence Awards and chaired the Mr. Muscle Miss Bikini contest three times.

Cornell said Sirianni showed, “good leadership” during Mr. Muscle Miss Bikini.

Cornell also said Sirianni makes an effort to listen and “always has a smile on his face and wants to have a good time.”

What attracted Sirianni to JCI was the opportunity to meet people his age and of similar mind after moving to Penticton from Kamloops. He said the organization was kind of a smaller version of the Chamber of Commerce.

“It was to develop the leader of tomorrow in a sense and so that really appealed to me,” said Sirianni, adding it provided the chance for personal growth and helped make him a more well-rounded individual.

“It sounded like a great organization that did great things in the community.”

Sirianni, who is a senator with JCI Penticton, believes in helping his community.

“I definitely get a lot out of my community and so I definitely feel that I do and should contribute to it as well,” he said.

Working with a team of more than 30, Sirianni said they package everyone’s skills and strengths to benefit projects and charities they support. JCI is a great organization, Sirianni said, in allowing people to try something they have never done before.

“There’s no fear of being in trouble if you make a mistake,” he said. “Everyone has a skill or strength they lean on.”

Sirianni isn’t surprised by the JCI’s success, to which he credits the community they deal with and work in every day.

JCI Penticton is celebrating its 75th anniversary and he said the community supports the organization, which is important to them generating funds to reach their goals and give back.

Sirianni, a Kamloops native, earned his bachelor of business administration from UCC, now Thompson Rivers University, and started at RBC doing senior commercial lending and helping entrepreneurs establish businesses.

Sirianni said his time with RBC has been phenomenal and gives him flexibility and opportunities. The chance to learn more is always there as the ability to reach out to people.

“You need your support networks and mentors,” he said.

With RBC, Sirianni is able to better himself through hands-on leadership development courses.

“It adds to my skill set as a mentor and leader,” he said.

Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by the Prospera Credit Union and White Kennedy LLP Chartered Accountants in partnership with the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, JCI Penticton with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen.

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