Ryan Brickwood | Principal, Director of Manufacturing | Rea CPA

Ryan Brickwood

Principal, Director of Manufacturing & Distribution Services
Wooster, OH
Resident of North Canton, OH
Rea Team Member Since 2022
  • Ryan is the leader of Rea’s Manufacturing and Distribution Services. His day to day activities include helping clients solve complex issues that cross multiple disciplines. You can also find him assisting clients in areas of cost and profitability analysis, ERP implementations, and lean manufacturing.

Topics or areas of expertise that Ryan can talk about (even in his sleep):

Business/accounting knowledge (Manufacturing)


Change Management

Lean Manufacturing (Loss Analysis)

How we know he knows what he's doing:

Ryan attended Kentucky Wesleyan and earned his bachelor's in accounting from the University of Akron

He also earned his MBA from the University of Akron

Prior to joining Rea, Ryan worked at the JM Smucker Company for over 17 years. Had multiple roles around manufacturing, such as plant controller, plant finance services regional controller, sales finance, AFH SBA finance and accounting.

Ryan has over 15 years of experience in the accounting industry

2023 Spotlight Awards Recipient, Tim McDaniel Award for Innovation

Furthering his professional development, Ryan is involved with:

IMA - Institute of Management Accountants

When he's not in the office, you can find him:

Spending time with family and friends
Coaching his kids' sports teams
Watching Sports (college and professional)

Ryan is involved in his community:

Jennifer Milburn Scholarship, Ryan is the leader of the annual golf outing that gives scholarships out each year.

Inside The Mind of...

What does “A Brighter Way” mean to you? That the way we service our clients through relationships is better than our competition.

Why do you choose to work at Rea? The people and the relationships during the interview process.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job? Working with different people and clients.

Describe your work style. Driven and focused on provided great quality of work.

Just for Fun:

What did 10-year-old you want to be when you grew up? A baseball player

What was your first job? Store Stocker at Smith's Market Grocery

What is one trait you possess that you inherited from your mother or father? Hard-working

I am a driven, hard-working professional that enjoys helping others and strives for quality of excellence in everything that I do.