An expert in interior design, construction documents, and managing a purchasing and procurement team, as well as her own warehousing and delivery system, Tara Ryan has served as the president and owner of Ryan Young Interiors since 1991. It started with just her and originally, she had a business partner for the first 20 years. He was the financial partner and she was the day-to-day manager. He was a businessman who wanted to expand into the business industry. After starting the company, they had a very rough time to start during the recession. It was a very slow start, but they continued on. They originally worked on model homes, which was the majority of their business of a few years, and eventually went from just the two of them to 65 employees in two offices until the last recession, where they downsized. Ms. Ryan previously served as a designer to the vice president of design for the McMillin Company from 1984 to 1989.
Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Ryan pursued a formal education at Washington State University in Pullman, where she attained a Bachelor of Science in fine and studio arts. She additionally completed coursework at the Institute of Design & Technology of SD in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Since graduating, Ms. Ryan has gone on to speak at the Pacific Coast Conference, as well as on the national level. She has also been published in numerous magazines.
Maintaining involvement with the Building Industry Association, the Sales and Marketing Council and the National Association of Building Industries, Ms. Ryan won the title of Best Design of a Multifamily Project for the Origin Apartments at the Tribute Awards in 2018. The following year, she won an award of the same name for the Cascada at the Excellence in Homebuilding Awards, and was a finalist for the Best Interior Design of a Detached Home at the Northstate BIA Awards and for Best Interior Merchandising of a Multi-Family Home Plan at the Icon Awards. Furthermore, Ms. Ryan is the recipient of myriad other honors and accolades.
Ms. Ryan has never considered herself the brightest or most talented, but she definitely worked the hardest. When she was in school, she assumed she would be doing commercial design. She had a great sense of humor and thought it was a different approach, and thus, she pursued design. Moving forward, Ms. Ryan feels so fulfilled with the incredible projects that she had. She will probably expand more into hospitality, and she is getting involved in more low income residences. She is doing a project for the veteran’s village right now, as they do not involve a lot of money, but they make a huge impact on the community. Her personal motto is, “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”