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Meet John Ryan, Digital Leadership Senior Associate


What do you do at 1-800-Flowers and what do you like best about your job?
Senior Associate, Digital Leadership Program; working closely with teammates on a new business challenges. I joined the company December 3, 2012.

Since this is our special patriotic edition of the Employee Spotlight, can you tell us how you are connected to the military?
I served in the U.S. Army from 2003-08, in the Army Reserves from 2009-12. In 2004 and 2006, I led platoons in Iraq.

John Ryan

At 1-800-Flowers we’re all about creating truly original arrangements. What makes your military family truly original?
My wife and I share the same values as many military families. We’re loyal to each other and strive to be selfless with our loved ones. Though those qualities are not necessarily original, they are held extraordinarily high by military members and veterans. And that makes us feel like we are part of a special community.

1-800-Flowers’ main mission is to deliver smiles. What about being an Army veteran makes you smile?
Knowing that I acted outside of my own interests on the behalf of others.

What is your favorite patriotic gift from 1-800-Flowers and why?
The American Dream Bouquet™ Trio. It’s traditional, pure and regal, like the Army values.

My wife and I share the same values as many military families. We’re loyal to each other and strive to be selfless with our loved ones.

John Ryan, Digital Leadership Program

Tell us your favorite and most heartwarming military related story.
After returning from Iraq in 2006, I learned from my brother that my mother wasn’t the same after I left, bowed with continuous worry, he said. She attended religious services multiple times a week, unusual for her, praying for my safe arrival home. He said she, more than anyone else, was whom I should thank for her unwavering thoughts and prayers. I can never repay her for that love.

What is your favorite flower or plant and why?
The Magnolia flower.

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