Ryan is originally from Memphis, but began his flight training at McGhee Tyson airport in Knoxville where he obtained his Private, Instrument, and Commercial ratings. Before moving back to Nashville and "landing" at Flying High Again, he worked as a flight instructor at KMOR airport in Morristown, TN.
Ryan has enjoyed instructing for years before becoming a flight instructor. He taught waterskiing at Camp Ozark during his college summers and was a high school wrestling coach while attending UTC.
Outside of flying, Ryan enjoys going to the lake, snowboarding, camping, and spending time with family.