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2019 40 Under 40: Ryan Sivill, 34

Audit Director and Audit Department Head, BKD LLP

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Ryan Sivill worked his way up in a short time frame at BKD LLP. In 10 years, Sivill has taught internal training courses and aided in recruitment. He became the audit department head in 2016 as the second nonpartner to hold the title. He’s led BKD’s southern Missouri commercial unit in challenges to help meet goals and create efficiencies.

He says his work is about people, and one of his top goals is to be a model of a successful professional, husband and father.

At age 20, he was appointed student governor to the Missouri State University Board of Governors by then Gov. Matt Blunt.

Sivill serves on the Leadership Council for The Network and participates in MSU’s College of Business mentor program.

What was your professional aha moment? In managing a team, we have to help our people be successful outside of the office to unlock their greatest potential in the office.

What is your theme song? “The Scotsman,” the MSU fight song.

Have you ever met a celebrity? Clif Smart (my Twitter idol), Dana Ford (the man leading the Bears back to the promised land) and Justin Timberlake (his bodyguards yelled at us when we tried to take his picture on our honeymoon.)

What app gets you through the day? Twitter. (@rsivill – instant news, sports, opinions, sarcasm and showing off my beautiful daughters in 280 characters or less.)

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