Get to Know…Ryan Abney

By February 6, 2017Get to Know...

How long have you been with Liquidus? A little over seven years.

If Liquidus were an animal, what would it be? A family of lemurs

What’s your role at Liquidus and what’s a typical day like for you? I am the Director of IT and I would say there probably is not a typical day for me with so many projects and technologies.  My mornings are often spent on server maintenance, answering email, and drinking way too much coffee.  In the afternoon, I try and research, deploy, and integrate new technology across products or infrastructure.

What are you most proud of working at Liquidus? Working with a new team to integrate two businesses into one happy family. (see what I mean here)

What’s your favorite Liquidus memory? Singing karaoke at a holiday party when the microphone was not turned on.

Describe your desk. Typically pretty clean aside from multiple apparati for brewing and drinking coffee.

Enough about work…

Favorite vacation spot? Brazil

Celebrity encounter? I had dinner two feet from Questlove which was pretty cool.

How would you describe your family? We are close knit. I talk to my sister almost every day.

Favorite sports team? The Blackhawks

Chicago original or transplant? Transplant.  I was born in Texas but grew up two hours outside of Chicago.

iPhone or Android? iPhone

When is your birthday? Does your personality line up with your astrological sign? March 20th.  I don’t believe in astrology so no?

Favorite band? The Clash

Favorite Chicago neighborhood? Why? Most have positive aspects, but I live in Lincoln Park so I will go with that.

What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already? I think everyone should learn to develop even if only basic programs.  It teaches logic and gives people the ability to break down a big problem into smaller parts.

I really love… food and wine.

In my free time, I like to… cook or go to the movies.

Do you have any pets? I have a nine month old French Bulldog puppy who is the best dog in the world.

Any life hacks? If something takes less than five minutes, don’t put it off. Just get it done.

What was your favorite subject/class in school? Physics

If you could live in a different city or country, where would you live? Paris, France

Do you have any family traditions? We have a French-Canadian dish called tourtière every Christmas.

What’s your favorite season? Fall Favorite holiday?  Thanksgiving

Favorite TV show? Firefly

What’s your kryptonite? Cape Cod Potato Chips

What’s your guilty pleasure? Frasier

Who was your college mascot? Herky the Hawk (University of Iowa)

Do you speak any other languages? I can converse in Portugese.

What do you want to invent? Cheap Space Travel

What’s the best gift anyone has ever given you? My Dad sent a cooler full of Portillo’s Hot Dogs to me during my finals week at Iowa.

Who’s your celebrity crush? Karen Gillan

What decade would you fit in best with? I am pretty happy with the current one, but it would be cool to live through the jazz age.

Are you afraid of anything? I don’t really care for birds.

Pizza. Middle piece or crust? Crust

Are you superstitious about anything? No

Do you believe in ghosts or UFOs? Well, I believe in aliens but not UFOs.

Do you snooze or wake up when your alarm goes off? I set two alarms so I have a snooze built in every morning.

Do you Instagram, Tweet, Facebook or Snap? I use Twitter as a news feed.

Cash or credit? Credit

Would you rather… read a book or watch a movie? Watch a movie. Walk or bike? Bike. Travel by car or plane? Plane. Have a night out or evening in? Night out. Win the lottery or find your dream job? Win the lottery.

Favorite exercise? Cycling

Do you prefer sweet or savory snacks? Savory

Do you text or call? Text

What’s your pet peeve? Rudeness

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Extrovert

Are you a healthy eater? Most of the time.

Favorite food? Least favorite food? Favorite: Cassoulet.  Least favorite: Chick Fil A.

If you were going to sing karaoke what song would you choose? Queen- “Don’t Stop me Now”

What is your strongest personal quality? I would like to think it is perseverance.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Don’t let your weakness define you.

If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be? The Moon Landing

What is a skill you’d like to learn? I would like to learn to play the piano.

What age do you feel right now? Today about 80, but I would say most days I feel younger than my age.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of reality TV? Top Chef. The holidays? Food. California? “Knows how to party”.  The 90s? Middle School High school? Baggy pants.

What’s something no one would guess about you? I make wine in my one bedroom apartment.

Any other fun facts? I volunteer at Lurie Children’s Hospital performing magic for kids through Open Heart Magic.  Check out their site at