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Engineer, Product Designer, Building Industry Pioneer Ryan Schaffer

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By the age of 14, Ryan's work in the family business earned him the nomination to learn the brand new computer controlled manufacturing equipment. By 16, he was updating all of the automation and control systems. At 19 he spent his first college spring break training on operating, programming and maintaining the company's first robot. His obvious curiosity, ingenuity and ability have only grown throughout his career.

While still an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering, Ryan managed to work for than half of the year starting with Superior Controls, an Engineering and Equipment manufacturer for the automotive industry. Travelling North America, his project was nominated for a Ford World in Excellence Award. The Christmas Ryan was 22, his grandfather and founder of Fin Pan turned to Ryan and asked for his help and his return to the family business.

While officially Fin Pan's engineer, Ryan has his hands in most every aspect of the business. Within a day, he could be found working on new product design, plant floor processes and pioneering the use of cement, concrete and foam products. He handles everything from technology, computers, images, technical questions to complicated design and application issues from customers.

Tune in for what is certain to be a fascinating discussion likely to go in as many directions as Ryan Schaffer's Day