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Ryan Buonaugurio '18

Hometown

Medford, MA

Major Economics
Path

A fledgling startup takes flight with business acumen and inspiration

RPB Marine, owned and operated by Ryan Buonaugurio '18, is a product of Ryan’s determination and knowhow — and a Bryant University education that inspired him to think bigger and develop the tools to succeed.

Buonaugurio built RPB from his love of boating. Today it specializes in a number of areas including marine electronics sales, installation, training, fabrication and captaining. The company earned $225,000 in revenue in their six-month seasonal operating period. RPB operates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and aims to expand. The success of RPB led Buonaugurio to be named the 2017 Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization at their annual Global Conference in Tampa. 

Buonaugurio knew that a Bryant education would help him develop business acumen as well as his small business. “I didn’t want average,” he says. “I wanted to go somewhere where I would get first-rate, business-specific knowledge and have really experienced professors.”

First-year coursework helped him understand how to write a business plan, which he credits as essential in figuring out how to grow RPB. Classes in marketing and managerial accounting provided important grounding and experience.

"I’m getting all this experience that can take you years of management programs to acquire," he says.

Buonaugurio found additional motivation through Bryant’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) and guest speakers who shared their stories about how they grew their businesses from humble beginnings. The Bryant Ventures group helped him develop his ideas through working with faculty mentors and fellow students.

With the help he found at Bryant, Buonaugurio knows that his business has reached a new level. “It shows that I’m doing something right,” he says. “There’s a real sense of 'I’m doing it, it’s actually happening.’”

Real World Experience

Internships

Operations Intern, Chase Technology Consultants, LLC
• Worked with Vice President of Business Development and staffing specialists to aid in recruitment process

Clubs

Podium
• Built skills to become a more confident public speaker and stronger leader

Debate Club
• Learned how to research topics, develop and clarify ideas, and articulate arguments

College Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO)
• Drew inspiration from CEO guest speakers who shared their stories about how they grew their businesses from humble beginnings

Bryant Ventures
• Developed plans for his small business by working with faculty mentors, brainstorming with like-minded students, workshopping ideas and discussing problems and issues they shared

A Connected Community

Bryant's purposeful student life delivers co-curricular immersion with an inspiring, collegial community. Students forge deep connections that last a lifetime.

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Caroline Meizen '21

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Martha Kuhlman, Ph.D.

“My favorite part of teaching is getting students to discover things about themselves that they didn't know, and witnessing those a-ha moments."

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George Ossei '17

Now in graduate school with plans to become an analyst and hopes to make partner at an accounting firm or become a CFO.