February 22, 2024

In our Associate Spotlight series, we are highlighting associates across our Company who are shaping our community and who embody our Centric Brands philosophy every day. 

Meet Ryan Summerford, Senior Manager, Order Management Group, Kids at Centric Brands. In his interview, Ryan shares his outlook on problem-solving and how he finds fulfillment in leading his team through challenges with innovative solutions. 

Can you share some insights about your role and responsibilities?

As a Senior Manager for the Kids Order Management Group, I specialize in managing accounts such as Under Armour, Spyder, Boardriders, and Pastourelle. My primary responsibility involves overseeing a team of allocators who analyze, execute, and communicate with different segments of our business to ensure timely allocation and shipment of customer purchase orders. I collaborate closely with my team, providing necessary support and guidance to facilitate the smooth execution of these processes.

What aspect of your day-to-day responsibilities do you find the most rewarding?

Problem-solving is integral to our industry, as we encounter new challenges daily. I find great satisfaction in brainstorming, developing, and executing plans to address complex issues. The process of overcoming obstacles and discovering innovative solutions is both rewarding and fulfilling.

What is a current project you’re working on that is especially exciting for you?

With the Boardriders acquisition, I am actively spearheading establishing an allocation team to support the integration of the new brands. I am enthusiastic about contributing to the success and growth of the business through this initiative.

What are your hobbies?

I cherish moments spent with my family in my free time, especially with my three little boys: Tate, Bo and Landry. I am passionate about hunting and embark on several yearly out-of-state and sometimes international hunting trips.