From 2006 to 2010, Ryan served in the United States Marines where he deployed as a machine gunner to Fallujah, Iraq, and upon return was selected to lead 1st Maintenance Battalion as the Health and Safety Chief, where he was responsible for the safety and health of over 1,500 Marines, Sailors, and Civilians.
After leaving the service, he worked for multiple safety and health companies as a consultant, traveling the world interfacing with hundreds of clients and thousands of students, performing audits, inspections, training events, and developing resources for clients ranging from Disney, Genentech, AECOM, and P&G.
While working as a consultant, Ryan completed his MBA from the University of Southern California and specialized in corporate strategy and adult education.
In 2015, he founded Surge Consultant Group, which specializes in safety program development, training consultation, and plan review. A few notable clients include Netflix, Paramount Pictures, and the State of California.
He lives in Los Angeles, California.