Aon Broker Bill Ryan Recognized as a 2020 Employee Benefits Power Broker

Bill Ryan, Partner, Aon

Bill Ryan, SPHR, CAIA
Aon, Chicago

For Bill Ryan, putting himself in his client’s shoes is second nature. As a former plan sponsor for the University of California, he has not only worn those shoes, he has also walked quite a ways in them.

“A lot of investment consultants haven’t really been in the client’s seat before,” said the director of investments for a Fortune 500 tech company. “But Bill understands the practicalities, and he understands the nature of being the client, having had that experience himself.”

Ryan has also put a lot of miles on his broker shoes and that pays off for his clients, as well.

“He understands the asset management world very well,” the client said. “He’s visible, he participates in a lot of industry events and conferences. He’s super, highly networked. I would say his industry knowledge is exceptional.”

Other clients agree. “Bill is consistently a keynote speaker at various pension investment and institutional investor conferences,” one client said. “We view him as an industry leader.”

That kind of expertise can be particularly helpful working with individuals new to the field.

“Our committee members didn’t have the defined contribution investment background knowledge that we probably needed,” explained one client. “Outside of me, everybody else was brand new to the defined contribution world, the investment world. Bill did a great job of not only being responsive but also educating this new group.”

It is a strength Ryan has instilled in his entire team at Aon.

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