Ryan Akers (MBA ’08) gets satisfaction out of knowing that, in his role as Regional Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic at Genworth Financial, he is able to secure financially-stable futures for his clients every day. 

Akers first joined Genworth in 2004 as an Internal Wholesaler. In 2007, Akers was promoted to the role of Regional VP. He now has the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and meet with financial advisors, helping them address their clients’ retirement plans. Akers’ sales territory specifically covers the states of Virginia and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.

“I spend the majority of my day and week meeting with financial advisors and helping them solve their clients’ retirement needs.  I also host seminars, client events, and serve as guest speaker at regional conferences,” he said.

Through his work, Akers feels that he has the opportunity to impact the lives of each client he helps. “Genworth offers very competitive products that help address the main concern for many of my advisors’ clients: the risk of running out of money during retirement.  Every meeting I have is a chance to personally help someone know that they will be secure during retirement,” he explained.

Although Akers works for an international Fortune 500 financial services organization, his education is not based in business.  Akers, who received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2002, was inspired to get his MBA because of his lack of business-related courses during his undergraduate study.

“At UVa, I decided on a major too late to apply to the business school and really wanted to pursue an MBA to take the classes I was unable to take in the past,” he said.

When considering MBA programs, The Richmond MBA was a clear choice for Akers: “I chose The Richmond MBA because of the high academic standing of the business school, locality, and the opportunity to have Genworth reimburse my tuition.  It was a win-win situation,” he said.

The Richmond MBA program has certainly paid off for Akers.  “The quality of The Richmond MBA gives me an accepted credibility in my field that is essential to doing business,” he said. 

The Richmond MBA’s courses have helped Akers to set himself apart in this current economic climate.  In particular, Professor Roger Schnorbus’ class in Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategy stand out in Akers’ mind as critical to his success in his career.

“Roger Schnorbus was a valuable mentor.  Roger was my professor for M&A and Strategy.  His extensive background made for real examples during the courses.  History always has a knack for repeating itself, so the lessons learned in those courses have helped me navigate the changing financial marketplace,” he said.

Akers said of the MBA program’s scope: “The current marketplace is very competitive, and the skills and knowledge attained from the MBA program give me an edge over my peers.  The marketing and strategy classes in the program have helped me to expand my business during a rough economy.”

Ryan Akers holds his Series 7, 63, and Life and Health Insurance license in multiple states.  He is also involved in The Richmond MBA Alumni Society and the University of Virginia Alumni Society.