Ryan Smith is the owner and president of Grimsley’s Inc., a
janitorial supply company based in Stillwater, Oklahoma with customers
throughout the state of Oklahoma. Ryan
has worked for Grimsley’s since 1994, when he was hired as a part-time delivery
driver. After Ryan graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1999 with a
civil engineering degree, he realized that his true passion resided with the
business world. Temporarily discarding
his formal training, he began working as the General Manager for Grimsley’s in
1999 to determine if running a business was truly his desire. Finding it fulfilling, Ryan bought the
business in 2004. Many years later, he
is still enjoying the many facets of operating an independent business. Ryan currently employs 24 people, mostly from
the Stillwater area.
Ryan Smith was born in Oklahoma City in 1976. Because Ryan’s father was in the Navy for 20
years, Ryan spent six years in Japan, six years in Indiana and six years in
Oklahoma City where he completed high school.
That is where Ryan met Ashley, dating her almost exclusively until they
were married during college in 1998. He
has two daughters, Kaylee, 16, and Grace, 10 and two sons, Cannon, 13 and
Ryan’s passions include mission work, community service projects
and power tools. Ryan went on his first
mission trip in Spring 2006, where he discovered his desire to serve. He has since traveled to many places across
the world, completing dozens of trips.
Ryan serves on the Global Missions Committee at Sunnybrook Christian
Church, where his entire family is very active.
Ryan also serves as a board member on several local non-profit