Rich Ryan, President & CEO
Rich Ryan is a career entrepreneur and technology leader who brings a diverse suite of operations, financial and visionary expertise to each organization he touches. As the President and CEO of Six15, he leads the company’s product innovation and is a respected advisor in the newly formed wearable’s industry. In addition to being the CEO of Six15 Technologies, Ryan also co-founded Thayer Bancroft Equity Partners and was a founding member of The Legacy Network, a unique partnership of individuals joined to pursue the acquisition of small businesses.
Prior to his work with The Legacy Network, Ryan acquired Ridgeline Industries, a struggling manufacturer of specialty military tent products, where he led the company to profitability and market leadership. Ryan also worked for McKinsey & Company advising senior management and overseeing operations improvement, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy turnaround and growth strategy both domestically and abroad.
Ryan served for seven years in the aviation branch of the United States Army, has a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Andy Behe, Director Finance & Operations
Andrew Behe has over 15 years of accounting and financial leadership experience in a variety of industries in the Rochester, NY region. As the Director of Finance & Operations of Six15, he oversees all financial, operational and administrative functions of the business.
Prior to joining Six15, Behe served in financial leadership positions with several prominent Rochester based businesses who have been recognized on the Rochester Top 100 List of companies, including serving as Controller for Pace Electronics, a multi-national electronic contract manufacturer, headquartered in the Rochester region. Previous to his time with Pace Electronics, Behe spent several years with the public accounting firm of Insero & Company, CPAs, providing both audit and tax services to clients in a wide array of industries.
Behe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College.
TED RICKS, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Ted Ricks began his career as a technology nomad. He worked on everything from satellites to print heads, with stops along the way to dabble in chemical packaging, sporting equipment, and medical devices. In 2004, he began work on electronic displays and has not looked back since. He has designed more than 20 wearable display products, including the first production see-through augmented reality glasses, and is an inventor on 14 US patents. The majority of these systems have been for the commercial or defense space, but his work can also be seen on consumer shelves and even Hollywood movies.
Outside of his work as CTO of Six15, Ted has acted as an engineering resource for several technology start-ups. These companies range from laboratory and medical equipment to hurricane protection systems and educational toys, all with the goal of promoting the growth of US-based hardware design and manufacturing. Although much of Ted’s experience has been acquired in the labs and shop floors of Fortune 500 companies, he views the work being done in small businesses as an invaluable contribution to nearly all current and future innovation.
Ted has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.