A Dallas native that saw the light, Ryan “Ken Tilapia” O’Hanlon first experienced Fort Worth during his time at TCU. After a brief hiatus following graduation, he returned to the area to work full-time as “the numbers guy” for Cazadores Royalty Partners. He has shown an exceptional work ethic both in and out of the office, and we at BlackBox have enjoyed watching his progress since starting at the beginning of 2018. When he is not spending time with the significant people in his life or his pooch, Ryan enjoys the general manly activities of hunting, eating large amounts of food, and swinging sticks at small white balls. We are happy to have you as part of the BlackBox Family, Ryan, and we cannot wait to see how you continue to progress!
Tell us about how you came to discover us here at BlackBox, and why you keep coming back. Graham Gillespie had mentioned a gym he went to that was really into lifting heavy things and that the staff was very knowledgeable. Having enjoyed my time in the weight room in high school, I relished the opportunity to get back into that type of strength and conditioning. What keeps me coming back, aside from the verbal harassment I would have to endure from Shanna, is the people I get to see every morning – I love the physical challenge aspect but it would be only half as fun without all the new friends I have made along the way.
What was your first impression of Coach Shanna? Tough but fair. I knew after about the 2nd board challenge that I would not be allowed to slack off even if I was having an off day. I also appreciated her deep knowledge on biomechanics and remedies for fixing issues I have been plagued with.
We hear you enjoy swinging golf clubs around. What got you interested in the sport and what’s your favorite thing about it? I did not grow up playing and started when I got to college. My buddies and I would make small bets as to who will win and more often than not I was on the losing end. That set about a great journey to improve myself as a player. I’m innately competitive and the repetitive challenge of striking a ball with proper form keeps me coming back. Additionally, it’s a great way to spend time with your friends and enjoy a sunny afternoon.
How have you noticed your time at BlackBox improving either your game, your everyday life, or both? B2 has definitely improved my game from a physical aspect in terms of core power, balance, and large muscle group engagement = ball goes far. As for life in general, I see improvements from increased back strength, mental acuity, and feeling more accomplished after having had my butt thoroughly kicked in the morning.
As a TCU alumni, what drew you all the way from Dallas to that particular school? I was drawn the vast distance of 43 miles by the top-notch Neely School of Business where I would go on to obtain a degree in Finance. Complemented by a thriving Greek system and a competitive football team, TCU was a wholesome choice to spend four years.
“Ken Tilapia”. A very strange nickname has been bestowed upon you. What are your thoughts on this development? This is a multi-component nickname. “Ken” is a derivative of some members’ odd obsession with my hair/appearance resembling that of a Ken barbie doll. The latter portion comes from an internship I had in college: a partner of the firm went around asking the interns what their “spirit animal” was and relatively normal answers were wolves and lions, etc. In a moment of sheer idiocy, I blurted out “tilapia,” to which the partner asked if I thought of myself as “white and flaky.” From that point until the conclusion of the internship, a picture of a tilapia was hung at my desk as a constant reminder.
We know you work at Cazadores with other BlackBox members Graham, Matthew, Jared and Natalie. Give us some fun inside info on at least one of them, a most memorable moment or the like. A recent incident involved myself frantically putting together a time-sensitive presentation and having finished a draft, went to Jared’s office to review. There I walked in on Graham and Jared having an in-depth discussion on whether or not they could take a bobcat or a mountain lion in a fight. Conclusion: bobcats are smaller like normal housecats and therefore more manageable than mountain lions which can reach weights over 100lbs.
Do you have a favorite foreign cuisine? Thai food – as the late Anthony Bourdain said, it’s a truly unique region that produces cuisine that incorporates every flavor, sometimes in unfamiliar combinations, from a host of unique sub-cultures. I however just enjoy dumping chili paste on everything I eat.
Where do you see yourself when you’re all grown up at 30? Supporting my girlfriend, Elizabeth, as she finishes her journey to become a dentist. Hopefully having a few new friends for my lab, Chili, to play with. Above all, working with the same great people I am now and continuing to hit the weights hard with my friends at BlackBox!
Share with us a favorite quote, lyric, or piece of advice. “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes”