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Ryan A. Schwantes is the President of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc, the parent company of Saint Jude Retreats, and BRI Publishing and creators of The Freedom Model. He began his career in 2001 after moving to New York from Wisconsin. On his way to being elected President in 2006, Mr. Schwantes was involved in managing various divisions with the company from Finance, Human Resources, IT, Management Training and Project Management. As President, Ryan Schwantes continues to oversee all business aspects of the company to ensure success carrying out the company's mission, which is to change the treatment industry to a solution that works.

In 2017, he began work on creating BRI Publishing to launch the company's newest product, The Freedom Model. The Freedom model is an approach, a new and revolutionary way at looking into how one can overcome addiction - it's revolutionary because it's counter to what all the stereotypical media, political heads, and "experts" say about addiction and it debunks the entire addiction and recovery constructs and challenges the drug and alcohol treatment industry and its methods as a whole. BRI Publishing is also planning to publish various literature related to changing the way in which the public views' addiction and substance use. Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. has been the pioneers of the Non 12 step approach as well as the Non-Treatment approach to overcoming addiction.

Beyond his career in changing the way people view addiction, Ryan Schwantes is an avid fitness enthusiast and has been involved in fitness since the age of 14. He has an unusual ability to see through the marketing hype with topics such as weight loss and muscle building and sports nutrition. He has helped several individuals achieve their health and fitness goals and has built a reputation as someone who has the ability to explain his knowledge in layman's terms.

Ryan Schwantes has successfully taken his own personal adversity he has overcome in life and uses that experience to motivate and inspire others to achieve the goals and aspirations they seek in life. He is known for his optimistic and positive outlook on life and his genuine belief that people can achieve anything if they truly want it bad enough. Above all else, his love for his family is what drives him to be successful in all endeavors in life. Ryan lives in the Capital Region of New York with his wife and two boys, whom he credits with making him the person he is today.