| Ryan Almon
Ryan first entered the world of student journalism in junior high school as editor of his school newspaper. He shifted gears in high school and devoted most of his time to his school yearbook, serving as editor during his senior year. Ryan attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in journalism from its College of Communications. While attending the U of I, he edited the University of Illinois' award-winning yearbook, the Illio.
As a representative for Balfour Yearbooks, Ryan works closely with his yearbook advisers and staffs to ensure the smooth production of their yearbooks. In addition to training his yearbook staffs on the latest in technology and graphic design, he has also served as a workshop seminar trainer for thousands of students and advisers across the country.
Currently in his thirteenth year with Balfour Yearbooks, Ryan co-owns the Houston Office with Lisa Schwartz. He has received numerous awards for yearbook sales volume and service to his customers. He is part of Balfour Yearbooks's Office of the Year for both 1999 and 2007, and has won the "Rising Star" and "Century Club" awards.
"I never would have imagined I would have the opportunity to help advisers and students do the very thing I enjoyed so much as a student in both high school and college," Ryan said. "It is very rewarding to personally mentor aspiring editors."