Las Cruces Young Professional of the Month - July 2014

Jul 17th, 2014

John Ryan

John Ryan Las Cruces Young Professional of the MonthJohn 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.