Ryan joined the Arkansas Army National Guard in 2003, went to Basic Training in Fort Jackson, S.C. in the Summer of 2004, after he came back and finished high school, then went on to Paralegal Specialist Advanced Individual Training, at Fort Jackson, S.C. Here Ryan would learn the basics of Military Law. Ryan has been a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard for over 12 years now, and has served on one State-Side Deployment for Operation Katrina-Rita, in New Orleans, LA, in 2005, and has been deployed once to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, 2006.
in 2010, Ryan started college at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, wherein 2014, he would graduate with Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, and receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Arkansas Army National Guard. Ryan is now a 1st Lieutenant and serves as a Maintenance Platoon Leader for the 936th Support Company, 1st Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery Brigade.
In 2015, Ryan chose to start making barbecue sauce, and selling it at different local events such as the Greenwood 4th of July Celebration in Greenwood, AR. This would create SGT’s Choice BBQ, which Ryan and Lara are still selling to this day. In December of 2015, Ryan would discover and partner with Best Version Media, out of Milwaukee, WI, to start a new publication that would specifically target a community within the limits of Fort Smith. Ryan choose to name the publication Chaffee Neighbors and focus on the Chaffee Crossing area for this start-up publication. Lara and Ryan would come together to create LRM RiverValley Marketing, with the dream of making it into a marketing consultant firm.