Ryan Sitton is serving the state of Texas as the first engineer on the Railroad Commission in 50 years. One of the world’s leading experts in energy markets, production and regulation, in 2014, he was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency that oversees oil and gas regulation in Texas. A native Texan who grew up in the Irving area, Ryan is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his wife, Jennifer.
In 2006, Sitton and Jennifer founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. What began as a garage project has today become a leading company, with over 700 employees across four continents. Inc. Magazine has consecutively recognized Pinnacle as one of the top 1,500 fastest growing, privately held companies in the world. PinnacleART 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 20 years of experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, Ryan is an active member of several industry groups including: The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. He is the current Chairman of Texas A&M’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council and regularly works with leaders in Texas higher education to support the principles that will keep those institutions leading the nation.
Ryan is seen as one of the foremost authorities on integrity programs and risk analysis, having been frequently called to provide expertise to some of the world’s most complex companies. In addition, he has provided expertise in both regulatory and civil court cases and he has advised several public groups including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
In 2015, Ryan was recognized as one of the 40 most influential leaders under the age of 40 in the Houston area and he became the youngest person identified as a distinguished Engineering Alumnus by Texas A&M. In 2016, he received the Hearst Energy Award for Government Service.
As our Texas State Railroad Commissioner, Ryan is passionate about impacting three aspects of the Commission:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Carrying a strong message on our ability to self-regulate inside the State of Texas and 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 has served 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. In addition to his political and technical areas of focus, Ryan is a passionate entrepreneur. In the past five years, he has spearheaded new businesses in everything from real estate to restaurants. Today, he is pursuing a new startup — a new generation of tricycles that adults and kids can both enjoy. He is deeply honored to serve as your Railroad Commissioner.