Ryan graduated from Oregon State University in 2004 with a degree in Business Management.
He began his management career with Knight Transportation in 2006 as Operations Manager and was promoted to Lead Market Manager in 2009 and Regional Sales Manager in 2011.
In 2012, Ryan was hired as the Director of Operations for Haney Truck Line, LLC in Yakima, WA and managed the day to day operations for staff and over 400 trucks with heavy and long-haul transportation.
Marten Transport employed Ryan as an Area Sales Director in 2014 where he developed customer relationships and new business opportunities within the Pacific Northwest.
An opportunity to return to his hometown in Boardman, Oregon came in 2016 when Ryan was hired as the Operations Manager by Port of Morrow Warehousing. He was promoted to General Manager of the Freezer Warehouse in 2016.
In 2018, Ryan was selected from among 33 other applicants for the Executive Director position for the Port of Morrow. He began his new role in fall 2018.
Neal remains passionate about giving back to the community he grew up in. He is active on the boards for Kiwanis of Boardman, Chamber of Commerce, InterMountain ESD, Northeast Oregon Water Association, Morrow Development Corporation, and the Columbia Development Authority and was formerly part of the Boardman Community Development Association. His wife, Sonja, is the Director of Nursing at Columbia River Health. Their son, Ari, is five.
(Photo credit: EJ Harris, East Oregonian)