The Early Stages:
Starting out in NH, he bounced all around the world until he achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Communications in 2009 from AUL University in Lebanon. Lack of opportunities in his related job market drove him to a self-taught web and software development career path, which later landed him a position in the Information Technology department in the FMCG business
Ryan left a stable job behind, looking to the future high hopes of succeeding in the startup scene which was finally beginning to thrive in the aftermath of sectarian tensions which had threatened to tear the country apart. Joining a team put together by Ali Chehade, Ryan became web & algorithm developer and co-founder of The Dream Matcher, an online and offline platform that matches people with dreams to people who can make those dreams come true. Alongside Fidaa Ghibreel (Back-end developer & co-founder of The Dream Matcher, CTO & co-founder of Fedeeds) and Rayan Itani (Creative & Art Director, Founder of TheBoldAnd). 2011 and 2012 were spent creating the online social network www.dreammatcher.com in parallel to evolving the offline event that has come to be known as “The Dream Matcher Experience”. Although the team succeeded in building both online and offline platforms, the Lebanese investment scene lacked the vision or capacity to nurture this enterprise.
This drove Ryan to devote more and more of his time to freelancing in Social Media. It was during this time he started to blog tentatively about social media APIs and tricks, before tackling the more ethical dilemmas in the tech world. Working with Journalists and Celebrities as a Social Media trainer, he trained various teams in the arts of content creation & management, brand image, fanbase engagement, and blogging.
The Desert Phase:
It was at this stage where the middle east was becoming less volatile, so he he left his passions and lifestyle behind to take up an opportunity in KSA as IT Operations Manager in 2012, where he fine tuned his knowledge in ERP system implementation, gained new experiences in cross-platform web & software integration, managed and liaised several multinational teams in a challenging environment, and implemented various new technologies that were required for business enhancement.
It was during this period where he traveled to Thailand with his coach and friend Kru Jad Sakr to train under Grand Master Toddy which led to his achieving an accreditation by the International Muay Thai Association as a recognized Nak Muay Farang on the level of Green Prajeib on Christmas Eve 2013.
The months of July and August 2014 were spent in Switzerland, with the Initiatives of Change – Caux. IofC is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behavior, starting with their own.
Once back home, he bounced around Miami and Boca Raton for a year, but the chill lifestyle begged to be challenged. After finding no IT manufacturing jobs to match his skill set, he left tanning and calisthenics behind and moved to snowy Minnesota for a full time job.
Vegas was fun on new years, but LA has his heart now. At some point or another in his life he plans to settle on the West coast.
Ryan is now employed full time with CNH Industrial as an ICT Service Manager, site leader for Benson MN. although happily employed, he still looks for the next big challenge; perhaps dedicating himself to a cause that is bigger than himself.
Edited Jan 2016