Ryan was born and raised in West Des Moines and graduated from Valley High School in 1989. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1993 with a BA degree in Marketing. He received his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation in 2010. Ryan joined the Agency after spending 15 years as an Agent with Davis Insurance in Des Moines and INDEMNUS Insurance in Urbandale. Ryan and his wife Katrina have two sons, Jayden and Nathan.