Ryan was born and raised in North West Indiana, about an hour outside Chicago. He attended culinary school at Ivy Tech State College and eventually received a Bachelors Degree from Purdue in Hospitality and Tourism Management. He has spent most of his adult life as a Banquet Chef while teaching culinary arts on the side. Eventually, he gave up the kitchen life to travel and one of his trips brought him to Colorado. In 2016, Ryan visited Telluride to attend the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and a few months later he was a full-time resident of the canyon. Ryan worked for Alpine Lodging in Guest Services before becoming a Sales and Reservations Agent. His hospitality education and customer service skills, Ryan is happy helping customers find the best lodging possible. In his spare time, Ryan loves to cook amazing meals for his friends and family.