We are excited to announce that Ryan Rydell has been named to the Rockford Chamber’s 2019 list of 40 Leaders Under 40. The Chamber announced the list at a reception in Rockford on Nov. 7th. Ryan received the award after numerous nominations were sent in his honor, citing his contributions to the community and his professional success over the last decade.
In addition to being the fearless leader here at RyCOM, Ryan serves his community in numerous capacities. He is head of Stateline Baseball, a community baseball league for youth between 4 and 15 years old. He has grown the league into a year-round program with over 800 participants. At HCHS, Ryan works with the IncubatorEDU program as a coach and mentor and sits on the strategic planning committee. He served on the Rockton Chamber board for 4 years, with his vision and leadership helping to form the Stateline Chamber in Jan. 2016, where he served as VP for 2 more years and remains an Ex-Officio member of the board and volunteers on several committees.
In discussing the creation of the Stateline Chamber, Ryan said:
“Merging the Rockton and Roscoe Chambers was one of the toughest things I’ve done. I did my research on what stopped the two previous attempts and learned it was an issue of personalities and failed expectations. We had to make sure everyone knew their voice was heard. I am happy to have been a part of the team that made it happen. The merger was long overdue.”
Ryan’s efforts with Stateline Baseball can sometimes go under-appreciated, but he sees things differently:
“During spring and summer months, it’s by no exaggeration a second full- time job for me. The pay? The look of excitement when players walk on the field for the first time. It doesn’t get better than that.”
Rydell is currently forming the Midwest Youth Baseball Council in an effort to bring area programs together so they can all learn & grow together by pooling their resources, ideas, and efforts. He also formed Roscoe/Rockton’s first Adult Softball league this past summer.
Other community contributions credited to Rydell include the rebranding of the Rockton Christmas Walk, helping plan and execute the Hanz Brew Fest, the creation of the Rockton River Market, and sitting on numerous referendum campaign committees. His work is even more inspiring when you find out that he has done all this after a 2009 fire destroyed his home, motivating him to start RyCOM in 2011 while helping to raise his 3 kids. All 3 of Ryan’s children are currently attending Hononegah Community High School.
The Rockford Chamber has presented this recognition only 2 other times in the last 10 years, 2010 and 2016. There are many amazing people that have received this honor over the years and we are truly proud to have Ryan among them.
For a full list of the 40 Leaders Under 40, visit https://www.rrstar.com/news/20191107/chamber-names-rockfords-40-leaders-under-40
Change is a good thing…
I am proud to announce that RyCOM Creative has acquired Skragglies, a local digital marketing company. Skragglies clients should be optimistic about the change, with RyCOM’s graphic design, printing, photo/video, consulting, PR and branding services being added to the existing digital marketing services already offered by Skragglies.
The acquisition comes after Justin Skaggs approached RyCOM with health concerns and a need to step away from the industry. Although Skragglies was considered a competitor of our’s, we had worked on many projects together in the past, so this move makes a lot of sense for everyone involved.
RyCOM offers all of the services that Skragglies had been delivering to clients. This means that all existing Skragglies clients will not see any change in available services due to the acquisition. We actually foresee an improvement in service levels and responsiveness. Although the Skragglies name will slowly transition out, we can ensure all of our clients that the local, personal service they received from Skragglies will continue with RyCOM.
We are still in the transition phase, working with Skragglies clients to get them into the RyCOM family. During the transition, we are asking that any current Skragglies clients book a time to come in to meet the RyCOM team and discuss all the ways we can help you get more…
I am really excited about this next phase in the RyCOM story. We faced a fork in the road back in 2017 – Shoot for a national audience and automated growth path or to invest in our community and grow locally. We chose our community. This is the next step in that process.
Hononegah Community High School District #207 has undergone a rebrand with a new visual identity. The district, students, parents, and the community can expect to see the new images on all new apparel, uniforms, and materials.
After a long research period, and in cooperation with RyCOM Creative Corp., a marketing & design firm in Rockton, HCHS logos have a new crisp, clean, and strong look. HCHS has a proud history as the Hononegah Indians, and their new images reflect this pride.
Over the years there have been many versions of the Indian head, spear, and other logos, but with the new branding, it will evident what is or is not truly Hononegah.
“We noticed a lot of different versions of our logo floating around, some of which were actually not ours at all, but people were using them to show school spirit. We don’t want to use someone else’s protected artwork, so we hope that these new images will be used by everyone who loves Hononegah and wants to show their support,” says Dr. Kim Suedbeck, Assistant Superintendent.
There is a new typographic logo that many people may have already noticed on some materials, and this logo will be on the new Fieldhouse as well. The newly designed Indian head and spear are both sharp and modern while still feeling historic. The spear head was combined with the traditional branded “H” to create a new school icon that everyone is loving.
“We are honored to work with HCHS on this rebrand. As a designer and parent of Hononegah students, it’s something I take a lot of pride in. The spear and “H” logos were something I took extra special care on. They are used on hats, vehicles, shirts, uniforms, jackets by thousands of people. They had to be representative of Hononegah’s history while also modern enough to be relevant for decades. I am really happy with the final designs.” – Ryan Rydell, President of RyCOM Creative Corp.
The HCHS Indian head remains a part of the school’s identity. Previous versions have looked hand drawn, cartoonish, or had too many colors to reproduce accurately. The new Indian head is crisp and clean while keeping the historic look of the traditional Indian in his head dress.
For anyone looking to use the new images, you can find a style guide on the district’s website Hononegah.org. The guide outlines the logos, colors, and other important usage details.
About Hononegah Community High School District
Hononegah is a public school district in Rockton, Illinois, located between Rockford and the southern border of Wisconsin. The District serves over 2,100 students from the towns of Rockton, Roscoe, Shirland, and parts of South Beloit. The District provides an inspiring and challenging educational experience that promotes reflective critical thinking, civic engagement, and personal development.