Ryan Heafy


Ryan, a Connecticut native, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from Quinnipiac University. His career to date is one of strong innovation, transformation and leadership with an expertise in quality systems and supply chain management.

Ryan began his career as a manufacturing engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and was quickly promoted to engineering project management in strategic sourcing, tasked with developing a vertically integrated supply chain for the production of Black Hawk helicopter transmissions. In this role, Ryan had the opportunity to visit hundreds of manufacturing suppliers across Europe and North America. It is this experience that has drawn him to the climate of growth and innovation in Upstate, SC.

In January 2012, Ryan took an opportunity to advance his career by joining the strategic leadership team at ADEX Machining Technologies in Greenville, SC. There he helped transform the company into a state of the art precision machining center for the aerospace, defense and energy industries.

Ryan’s outgoing personality and entrepreneurial spirit have led him to become engaged in the Upstate community very quickly. Since moving to the Upstate, Ryan has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Greenville Class 40, United Way YP20’s, several Advisory Boards and the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative, where he launched the iMAGINE Upstate program.

In 2014, Ryan began pursuing several entrepreneurial ventures including iMAGINE Upstate, launching his own manufacturing consulting company, and acting as a channel partner for STEMPremier.com, connecting academic and technical STEAM talent with colleges, organizations and corporations.

Ryan is a dedicated community leader and an innovator in workforce development in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) related careers. He is working to bridge the gap among industry, academic institutions, students and communities to ensure that the Upstate is positioned for success through the development of a talented workforce pipeline.

Currently, Ryan serves as CEO of iMAGINEXT Solutions LLC and Partner at Switch Image Concepts. He was recently named one of Greenville Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People of 2014, as well as Greenville Business Magazine 2015 Best & Brightest 35 and Under.

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