Weldland is the brand extension for Georgia Trade School Founding Partner, Ryan Blythe.

Designed to cover his media appearances, board appointments and industry leadership, Mr. Blythe is available to speak on topics including workforce development, vocational education, small business and the intersection of the skilled trades and politics. In addition to speaking engagements, Ryan can provide your industry group or trade association with editorial commentary.

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About Ryan Blythe

One of the most disruptive minds in the welding industry, Ryan Blythe created Georgia Trade School to serve an otherwise college bound population. In just a decade his vision led to a rapid rise in both business and media. Today Mr. Blythe serves as a leading thought influencer on the skilled trades.

Ryan has appeared in dozens of media forms including multiple appearances in the Wall Street Journal and the homepage of Yahoo! Other media appearances have included WAGA and WXIA television, School for Startups Radio, The Marietta Daily Journal, Cobb Business Journal, Cobb In Focus, The Georgia Contractor, Maritime Professional, The Fabricator and Welding Journal. Lending his expertise to the community, Blythe served on Former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Go Build Georgia Advisory Council and the Boards of the Kennesaw Business Association and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA). 

In 2013, Mr. Blythe was nominated for the Kennesaw Business Association Person of the Year award and is a three-time finalist for that organization’s Business of the Year Award. 

Recognition

In January 2014, Mr. Blythe was interviewed for the cover story in the Fabricator Magazine entitled “Where the best welders go, and why” highlighting Georgia Trade School’s position as one of the top welding programs in the nation. The recognition continued in May 2014 and 2015 as the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce named Ryan a Semi-Finalist for their Small Businessperson of the Year award. Georgia Trade School also represented the city of Kennesaw in the 2013 Georgia Economic Development Association “Rock Stars” Award. In June 2016, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce awarded Georgia Trade School the prestigious Top 25 Small Business of the Year. It would be the first of seven consecutive wins in that category from one of the top Chambers in the United States.

From 2018 to 2022, Blythe wrote a monthly column for the Aroundabout Local Media publications, Around Acworth and Around Kennesaw. In both magazines Ryan wrote about the intersection of craft work, business and politics. Additionally, Blythe wrote an occasional column for the Cobb Business Journal, the top business news and information newspaper in Cobb County.

2018 also saw Mr. Blythe honored with two major appointments. Ryan became the only Georgian to serve as a Board Member of the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium, working along industry heavyweights including Huntington Ingalls, Bollinger and Austal. This appointment would lead to election as Board Chairman. Georgia’s 82nd Governor Nathan Deal nominated Ryan to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, a state agency dedicated to providing sound educational opportunities while protecting students and taxpayers. Blythe would be renominated to the Commission in 2020 and 2024.

In 2019,2021 and 2023,  Blythe wrote features for the Maritime issue of Welding Journal on the state of the Gulf Coast Shipbuilding Industry and in 2021 Ryan produced the first educational blog for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.

A Mobile, Alabama native Blythe attended Providence Christian Academy and Oglethorpe University, which adjusted for student body size trails only Stanford and MIT in producing entrepreneurs. Ryan enjoys residences in Vinings, GA and Long Beach, MS..

Upcoming Events

August 7th – August 9th, 2024
American Welding Society Summit, The Woodlands Texas

October 15th-October 17th, 2024
FabTech Expo, Orlando, Florida

February 25th-February 27th, 2025
Fabricators and Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting, Chandler, Arizona

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