Meet Our Staff

Ryan McCandless

Ryan McCandless

Executive Director

Ryan McCandless is a North Sewickley native and Riverside School District graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Resort Recreation Management and Tourism from Slippery Rock University.

After graduation, Ryan moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he worked his way from a Seasonal Intern to the Director of Operations at the prestigious Corolla Light Resort. There he oversaw all operations of the community including 10 pools, 10 tennis courts, a sports complex, and managed a full-time staff and internship program. 

During his 8-year tenure, he improved programming and spearheaded countless initiatives to enhance the guest and owner experience. He also created and implemented public programs which helped support the resort’s financial goals while also promoting the betterment and involvement of the town’s local population.

Compelled to return home to his roots to raise his own family, he moved to Ellwood City with his wife and 3-year-old Daughter in 2019 and spent the following 3 years as the General Manager of Connoquenessing Country Club, which has experienced massive growth and success during his time there.

Driven by his strong personal interest in making a difference in the Ellwood City community, he joined us as the Chamber Director in 2022. We love his tenacious, can-do attitude and his passion for helping our local businesses grow and thrive!