Ryan Sitton is a native Texan and a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his future wife, Jennifer. In 2006, Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Since 2006, Pinnacle has experienced substantial growth, recently surpassing 300 employees. Inc. Magazine recognized Pinnacle in 2012 and 2013 as one of the top 1,500 fastest growing, privately held companies in the world. PinnacleAIS has also been part of the coveted Aggie 100 which celebrates and recognizes the fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses for three consecutive years.
With over fifteen years of experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry, Ryan is an active member of several industry groups, including the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (TAEP), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Petroleum Institute (API).
Ryan is considered a leading expert in his field, consulting to a wide range of oil and gas companies, ranging from independent producers to some of the world’s largest integrated operators, serving as an expert witness in both regulatory and civil court cases. Now seeking to serve as our next Texas State Railroad Commissioner, Ryan is passionate about impacting three aspects of the Commission:
- Ensuring efficient and effective service to the state by providing a vision of technical competence, efficient management, and uncompromising customer service to both the industries and the taxpayers of the State of Texas.
- Guaranteeing regulations are consistent with both industry best practice and the latest technology and methodologies used in the drilling, production, and transport of natural gas, crude, and other related products.
- Carrying a strong message on our ability to self-regulate inside the State of Texas, and therefore advocate on behalf of Texans by pushing back on the intrusion of the EPA, OSHA, MSHA, and other federal regulatory agencies into our energy production.
Ryan is a passionate conservative who is an active member of his local Republican Party and serves on the Board of Directors of the Associated Republicans of Texas and the Pasadena Conservative Citizens Club.
Ryan and his wife Jennifer have three children – Sarah, Luke, and Lance – and are active members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. As a leader on Texas A&M’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council, Ryan regularly works with leaders in Texas higher education to support the principles that will keep those institutions leading the nation.