Meet One of Our Lead Recruiters: Interview with Harmony Healthcare’s Ryan Lineberry
What do you do at Harmony? What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m a Lead Recruiter at Harmony. If you ask my coworkers, I spend the day researching the funniest memes to share—I’m unofficially the “meme guy” when we have chain emails going around the office and I take that responsibility very seriously! In reality, my days are slightly more complicated than that. My time is typically split between making sure recent placements are set with all they need for their first week on the job, combing LinkedIn for new recruits, and helping our “younger” recruiters with their challenges.
What did you want to be growing up?
Depending on the season my answer would have been pro baseball player (go Cubs!), pro basketball player (I’m from Indiana after all), or pro football player. When I stopped growing at 5’7”, reality hit me, and I hit the wrestling mat instead. I may not have become a pro athlete, but I still hit dingers as cleanup hitter on my softball team. Yes, I’m the one that makes the lineup, and yes, I’m the one that bats myself cleanup, and yes, there are better options for cleanup—so what if I abuse my power?
Tell us a story from when you were a child. It can be funny, silly, warm and fuzzy…
I could tell you many stories of the dumb ways I hurt myself as a kid; stitches from running into a car’s sideview mirror, broken collar bone from falling off a three-foot kid’s slide… But my favorite memory was from wrestling season my senior year of high school. Wrestling was a big part of my life, and I even wrestled in college for four years. Our school had a strong tradition in wrestling but were underdogs going up against a state power with the winning team going on to the State Championships. I was our team Captain and ranked top 10 in the state but was going against a returning All-American ranked in the top 5. The newspapers that morning had a big preview, and point blank said the match would come down to me versus my opponent. After wanting to throw up from nerves all day, the match finally came. We had a back and forth affair with multiple calls being overturned, turning the crowd into a roaring frenzy so loud I couldn’t hear my coach mere feet away. At the end of the match we were tied and headed to overtime where I fought off a scoring attempt from him and turned it into my own match winning takedown. The predictions came true, as my victory helped us to a 1-point team win and our first ever trip to the Team State Championships. Definitely one of my most proud moments!
What would be a good theme song for your life?
“The Good Life” by Corey Smith. The whole premise of the song is appreciating what you have. The song starts out pretty much saying “Well these are the things I have, it may not be the good life, but I guess it’s ok.” Then throughout the song he keeps thinking about the things he has, the love of his family, etc. and by the end his message has changed to “This really IS the good life and I’m a lucky man to have it!” The song really resonates with me and helps me appreciate where I am in life.
Name one completely useless thing you’re really good at.
If you ask my softball teammates, I’m really really good at popping out. Unfortunately, there couldn’t be a more useless skill on the diamond! Additionally, I’m really good at missing putts on the golf course. Hmm, maybe I didn’t read this question right…
Is there a charity / cause you feel passionate about? Why?
I’m a sucker for three causes: cancer, kids, and veterans. Tampa is a huge military town and this summer we’re hosting the 2019 Warrior Games where wounded men and women from all branches of the military (and multiple countries!) get a chance to compete in different sports and competitions. It is a big event and I’m looking forward to getting involved in any way I can and bringing some of my Harmony Healthcare family along with!
What advice would you give your younger self?
Take advantage of every opportunity for adventure! Sometimes it can be scary to say yes, but without that I never would have moved to Tampa, never would have been to 35 states (maybe Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” would be a good theme song too!), never would have driven the original Route 66, played a U.S. Open golf course, gone to a Cubs World Series game or many of the other great experiences I’ve been fortunate to have. And I definitely never would have started a career at Harmony Healthcare!