Ryan Spies

Ryan Spies

Vice President of Sustainability

Ryan Spies joined Clayco as Vice President of Sustainability to develop a holistic strategy to reduce Clayco’s overall carbon footprint, identify sustainable business opportunities for leadership, and oversee sustainability practices and training for the enterprise.  Ryan previously served as Director of Sustainability, Energy & Stewardship for a global manufacturer where he was responsible for energy, water, waste and CO2 reductions in over 130 facilities. Ryan holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.

The Vice President of Sustainability serves as an internal consultant/subject matter expert (SME) and thought leader for the sustainability program for Clayco, the parent company, and will act as a diplomat amongst key stakeholders. This role brings a keen understanding of strategic sustainability objectives trending in the marketplace, and the ability to widely navigate different internal and external audiences. This position will increase sustainability capability across the entire organization and the success of the role will be directly tied to business performance.

What Inspires You?

I am inspired by the people that see the world not for what it is, but for what it could be. We face so many challenges every day, many of our own doing, yet the resilience, passion and fortitude of countless individuals to make the world a better place is truly incredible. I believe the climate crisis is the challenge of our time, and we have the tools, the knowledge and the opportunity to attack it head on. “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” I’m inspired by the people that ask that question and then set out to answer it.