What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Ryan Smith

Published: 04/07/2020

What is your first and last name? 

Ryan Smith

How old are you? 


What city do you currently reside in? 


How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix? 

20 years

Where are you originally from and why’d you decide to move to Arizona? 

Originally from Seattle, Washington. Moved for sunshine, university and a career.

What college/university did you graduate from and what’s your degree? 

Arizona State University – BA Journalism – Public Relations

Where do you currently work and what is your title? 

MST Solutions, Practice Director for Public Sector

What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends? 

You will find me, family and friends doing a few things: Riding bikes along the canal system, checking out the newest foodie spot or wine bar, enjoying the outdoors through hiking, frisbee golf or teaching my lil ones to fish.

What’s your go-to staycation spot and why? 

JW Desert Ridge – Can you say cabanas and lazy river? (and amazing service)

What’s your favorite restaurant and why? 

While I love up-and-coming chefs and restaurants one of my faves is Espo’s Mexican Food on Chandler Boulevard. Family run, hole in the wall, great food and amazing hot sauce!

How do you stay “cool” in the Arizona summers? 

Doing the Marriott staycation circuit, heading up north to Flagstaff or Pinetop and of course – San Diego.

What do you like about our winters and why? 

Winters are our summers and summer is our winter. Get it? So much to do per the freedom 70-degree temps give us. But, snowboarding is a passion and so I escape our ‘warm’ weather to cooler temps and pray for snow….a lot.

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix? 

We have such a diverse range of activities that anyone can find something that fits their passion. I love the year-round nice weather, the diverse people and the amazing growth we’re seeing in the economy.

Please include anything else you’d like to share about what makes Greater Phoenix so great: 

Greater Phoenix provides opportunities for all walks of life and any age. For example, you can golf, hike, go to a resort and hit a museum or show all in a days effort.



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