After a long and distinguished career that centered on the founding and leadership of Aon, now the world's largest insurance and reinsurance brokerage, Patrick Ryan was not looking ahead to a life of leisure. Instead, this highly regarded industry veteran chose to pursue a new challenge: creating a specialty organization to craft insurance and risk management solutions for a select group of highly complex exposures. Launched in February of this year, Ryan Specialty Group (RSG) is based io Chicago, with Ryan serving as chairman and CEO. While building Aon into an international powerhouse, Ryan also brought his leadership skills to many philanthropic and civic service endeavors. Of the many honors and awards he has received, Ryan is perhaps proudest of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award, which he accepted in 1987. Over the years of his career, Ryan acquired both depth and breadth of experience in all segments of the insurance market.