John Ryan, sales manager for CST Solar on East Lohman Avenue in Las Cruces, originally hails from a small town in southeastern Connecticut. A classically trained chef, Ryan decided to put his culinary career on hold to take part in a pilot program in sustainable technologies at the University of Hawaii’s, Maui College.
Upon completion of the program, he returned to the mainland and was named partner at the Mystic Energy Group where he managed the firm’s administration and business development.
In early spring of 2012, Mystic was acquired by AirWell Water Inc. and Ryan was retained as the product development specialist for AirWell’s humanitarian infrastructure development division.
In that role, he was tasked with the development of off-grid solar infrastructure for water projects in both sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.
In April of this year, he joined Consolidated Solar Technologies to further develop business in the southern New Mexico and west Texas region.
An avid surfer and waterman, Ryan refined his expertise in water technologies and humanitarian outreach as a board member of numerous water charities including Every 8 Seconds and Artist for Water.
“Bringing clean water to those in need and creating wise water practices for the use of existing water resources should be a priority to everyone in our community,” he said.
Currently, John is working with CST Solar on the development of an off-grid solar well pumping system for farm and ranch applications. This same technology could be used to bring electricity and clean water to developing areas.
Ryan lives in the Talavera area with his wife Becky – associate director of field testing for Sapphire Energy – and their two children, Zane and Cassidy. He enjoys trail running and mountain biking along southern New Mexico’s vast desert and the subtle torment of a round of golf at any one of Las Cruces’ beautiful courses.