• Executive Spotlight June 2019

    Amey Ryan

    Amey Ryan proclaimed Vermont home in 1995 and she has been living and working like a local ever since. Originally from North Quincy, Massachusetts, she knew she had found her place upon a prospect visit to Castleton University (then Castleton College). She tells the story of a blue-sky Fall day, ascending over Killington Peak, and turning to her father to announce “Do whatever you want with my room at home. I'm never going back!" Resolve turns out to be one of Amey Ryan’s strong suits.

    Ryan graduated from Castleton with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. It was then that she moved herself a little farther North into Addison County. She had been hired a few days prior to graduation by George Brewer as an Office Manager/Broker Assistant for Lang Associates (now Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty) in Middlebury. Having searched for a position in Rutland County, faced with credit card debt, school loans, rent and a car payment, her foray into real estate may have been less a choice than a necessity. “George even offered to provide me a cell phone - that was the clincher for me!  My very first Startac Phone!” It’s another thing Amey is known for – pragmatism.

    With fourteen months of invaluable experience she moved to a larger office as a licensed real estate associate – Coldwell Banker Bill Beck Real Estate offered her the affiliation. We asked her if she could remember her first transaction. She recalls selling a condo in the Middlebury community of Twin Circles. “A woman walked into the office, said she wanted to see it, I showed it to her, she said she wanted it, and proceeded to purchase it with cash. ‘Boy, this real estate gig is easy’ I had thought to myself!” It was probably the easiest transaction she would ever have. She worked with Bill Beck and the other CB associates for eight years; it was a unique opportunity to train and work with some of the top agents in Addison County. Above all else, she learned the industry - it was a time of commitment, and perseverance.

    Her professional life took a turn in 2008 when she joined forces with Ingrid Punderson Jackson. “We had different skills sets, and they meshed perfectly. It was then that my career went into overdrive.” Over the course of the next six years, the two created the foundation of the IPJ Real Estate brand based on a dedication to their clients, commitment to quality service and total immersion into the community. In 2014, the team had grown to five including a full-time office manager, and they had set themselves on a course very different from most of the industry’s models. When Ingrid was ready to move on to new things in 2014, Amey purchased the business. She has since grown her crew (now 7, 3 of whom are Staff), advanced the firm (in 2018 IPJRE sold twice as many units, and 15M more in sales, than their nearest competitor), and has created an atmosphere buoyed by stewardship in the community.

    IPJ Real Estate works differently because Amey Ryan works differently. Her personal formula could be her firm’s mission statement: unfaltering integrity, mixed with total devotion to community, and a resolute and vigorous elevation of industry standards.

    • Middlebury Lions Club, Melvin Jones Fellow
    • Addison County Chamber of Commerce, “Buster Brush Citizen of the Year”, 2018
    • Better Middlebury Partnership, current Board Member, President 2017 – 2018
    • Downtown Improvement District Commission, Chair 2018
    • Community service: Addison County Community Trust, Addison County Parent/Child Center, Community Suppers, Girls on the Run, Homeward Bound, HOPE, Middlebury Maple Run, Middlebury Summer Lunch Program, WomenSafe, United Way
    • Addison County Board of Realtors (ACBOR): Recipient, Realtor of the Year: 2002, 2007, 2013
    • Vermont Association of Realtors (VAR): Board of Directors and Executive Finance 2006 – 2010; State Realtor Political Action Committee Chair 2014 – 2018; Addison County RPAC Trustee, 2016 – present
    • National Association of Realtors (NAR): Realtor Participation Council 2014 – 2018 
    You’ll probably meet Amey Ryan in your own circles at some point or another – she’ll be there supporting a cause, whether volunteering her time, contributing money, or just simply engaging with community. As a woman in business, a business owner, a leader in the industry, and a model citizen this N. Quincy, MA transplant stayed true to her word. She lives, works, and plays in Addison County, Vermont as though it was the best place in the world to call home.

    Rob Carter | President
    Addison County Chamber of Commerce
    93 Court Street
    Middlebury VT 05753
    p: 802-388-7951
    e: rob@addisoncounty.com