Ryan Knott — May Ambassador of the Month

RknottThis is one in a series of question and answers with Family & Children’s Place ambassadors, young business and community leaders helping build support for and awareness of the agency and its work.

QUESTION: Why did you get involved as an Ambassador with Family & Children’s Place?
ANSWER: I can distinctly remember the First Friday lunch and learn I attended at F&CP. I was blown away by the facilities, staff and the ambitious goal of the organization to eventually eliminate child abuse. I had no idea that such a need existed right here in the place that I now call home. I wanted so badly to be a part of the movement to end child abuse and I wanted to give back in any way I could. The Ambassador program is the perfect way for me to be a part of this organization and for me to give back to my community.

Q: What’s your day job?
A: I am an associate, Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries (Middle Market Banking for short),  at JPMorgan Chase, where I manage the credit risk of a portfolio of Middle Market Companies and Equine Enterprises throughout the state of Kentucky.

Q: What person do you consider to be your greatest influencer in terms of your own personal values?
A: My dad. People tell me all the time that I am a spitting image of my father. I was raised in a disciplined yet loving home and my values and goals stem from what my father always taught me growing up. I now realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to be raised in such an environment, which is what inspired me to get involved in the mentorship program at Meyzeek Middle School through F&CP. I hope to pass on some of the wisdom and values I was taught to the young people I will be interacting with. Even if I play a very small role in their development, my goals will have been met.

Q: What does a perfect day look like to you?
A: Spending a summer day driving on the Kentucky Scenic Byway outside of Lexington with my wife, stopping for pick-me-ups at our favorite bourbon distilleries.

Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of so far in your life?
A: Having visited every state in America before my 21st birthday.

Q: What do you hope to achieve by 50?
A: To travel to every continent on Earth (yes, even Antarctica!). Four down, three to go!


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