When Ryan Turbeville gets involved with something, he’s all in.
Two years into his Nashville City Club membership, Ryan is Vice President of the Young Executive group and training with managing director Chris Weinberg’s group to run the Country Music Marathon on April 27.
He takes part in the Executive Networking Forum, the Mentor Program , the Mug Club (he likes good beer) and even dressed up like Daisy Duke for a recent beauty pageant that raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
He’s dressed as an Alabama fan, with faux mullet, for Halloween and is prepped his ensemble for 80s Spring Break at the City Club, with shades, shiny shorts a tank top and Expect a tank top, neon shorts and a medallion.
“If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it all out,” says Ryan, a Nashville area native.
He joined the Nashville City Club when he was policy and outreach coordinator at Beacon Center of Tennessee, a libertarian think tank with offices across the street from the club. At first, the club was simply a great place to have meetings but it has become a bigger part of Ryan’s life. He’s made close friends here and values access the club provides to seasoned business executives.
“It is nice to be around people with a certain level of experience where you can grow and learn from it and improve,” Ryan says. “There are a lot of networking groups in Nashville but the people are just like you – most are on the same leg of the race you are on.”
Ryan is no stranger to networking. At Beacon Center, he was a lobbyist. He’s managed a successful political campaign and served as Executive Director of the Tennessee College Republican Committee. A UT-Knoxville graduate with a B.S. in finance, Ryan most certainly is not an Alabama fan but he is fond of tech ventures, history, reading, playing drums, songwriting and health and fitness.
Participation in the marathon training program prompted diet changes and the loss of 20 pounds. He’s working at Populr.me, a hot Nashville startup based on easy to create one-page microsites, or POPs.
At the City Club, Ryan initially was surprised at how open members were to talking and getting to know everyone. Now, he’s a bit taken aback because, at age 25, after two years, he’s considered “the old guy” among the new members.
“There is a lot more going on,” he says. “It seems like I know almost everybody.”