Director of External Affairs
Born and raised in Castle Rock, CO, Ryan has been passionate about the mountains and his community from the beginning. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE where he became the first recipient of the Creighton Entrepreneurial Student Leader of the Year Award for his work starting and growing the Creighton chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. After graduating, Ryan moved to Spain earning his TESOL certification in Barcelona and taught English in Madrid. Returning to the US, he worked in sales for Agrium US Wholesale, a Canadian based agribusiness conglomerate. Ryan then moved on to take a sales director role for Twist Body Brands, a local lip care company. Shortly after, the parent company promoted Ryan to Marketing Manager for both Intertech Plastics and Intertech Medical. In addition to his marketing duties, Ryan served as Intertech’s Director of Community Engagement. More specifically, Ryan staffed the start-up and development team for The Leaders Initiative (TLI), a program to recruit and train top leaders from the private and public sectors for appointed and elected, local and state government positions. Additionally, Ryan was contracted by the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA) to help with workforce development for manufacturers across Colorado. This led to Ryan managing the startup and implementation of CareerWise Colorado, formerly known as BASIC, a systemic approach to workforce development by aligning industry and education through youth apprenticeships. Ryan helped transition BASIC from being an initiative to a recognized 501 (c)(3), building youth apprenticeships across 5 industry sectors. This work led him to support the creation and operations of Governor Hickenlooper’s Business Experiential Learning (BEL) Commission, organizing a delegation for the Governor and 48 other leaders to Switzerland. Ryan was President of the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado Young Professionals Board and has served on the organization’s Development Committee since 2013. In his free time Ryan enjoys traveling with friends and family, skiing, cooking, and camping.