After graduating Cum Laude from Valley Forge Military Academy with a National Honors Society and National Scholar Athlete Award, Ryan began undergraduate studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton Beach, FL to study Aeronautical Engineering and joined the USMC Reserves, gaining a scholarship through them to attend. After undergraduate studies at Embry-Riddle, Ryan started graduate studies at University of California, Irvine for Aeronautical Engineering. After receiving a job offer in New York City as an aviation consultant in the private aviation field, Ryan moved to Manhattan to begin his career in the aviation field. After several positions as a Director of Operations and VP of Business Development, Ryan was offered a position at the Manufacturing Leadership Council start up with Thomas to help grow the newly founded organization. After 7 years, Ryan is the Senior Director of Council Development, working with nearly 100 of the top Fortune 500 and small/midsize companies manufacturing products in every sector around the globe with the aim of achieving the most advanced manufacturing concepts and goals in Manufacturing 4.0.