Homeport Employee Profile: Ryan Manton

Ryan Manton

Ryan Manton

Title: Assistant Systems Administrator

Responsibilities: Your friendly neighborhood IT guy. I help manage the network, servers, printers, phones, workstations, software, security, and even dabble in some facilities work like bathrooms, elevators, heating and cooling systems.

What do I like most about the organization?

I love working with so many people that are passionate about making a difference in their community. Coming to Homeport everyday knowing that the work I do helps to improve people’s lives is a reward unlike any other.

What have I done in my life that I am most proud of, that people may not be aware of?

It’s not much, but I’m up to four gallons of blood donated through the American Red Cross and even volunteered with them for some time. Each pint from a single donation can save up to three lives. If you haven’t thought about donating, look for a local drive near you and give it a try -- https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html. Regularly taking 30 minutes out of your day every 8 weeks can save a lot of lives over a few years.

Ryan Manton, second from right, and champion trivia team.

Ryan Manton, second from right, and champion trivia team.

Recently, a trivia team I am on won the Columbus championship and a $1000 prize, a state semi-final game for $500 and an invitation to the state championship. Next April, we’ll be heading to Las Vegas for the Nationals. Hopefully one day I’ll be good enough to get my butt kicked on Jeopardy! too.

Favorite things I do outside of work?

Spending time with my girlfriend Lauren. We’re addicted to Jeopardy! and bar trivia. You’ll find us at Endeavor Brewing in Grandview every Tuesday. We enjoy biking around town, eating terrible food, and watching movies together (and we’re proud Gateway Film Center members!)

I love Blue Jackets hockey, Reds baseball, OSU football, and everything Cleveland sports (I grew up in Akron). I travel frequently to go to games. In the last year I’ve been to Reds games in San Francisco, Indians games in Oakland and Chicago, an NBA game in Indianapolis, and the Ohio State football game in East Lansing. A few years ago, I even drove up to Boston to see the NHL Winter Classic in Gillette Stadium.

A trip to Iceland.

A trip to Iceland.

In addition to traveling for sports, I like to get out and experience the world. I recently took a trip to New Orleans for some great Cajun food and jazz music, and even left the country for my favorite trip of all – Iceland. Taking a road trip around Iceland and seeing some of the most beautiful sights on the planet is easily my most memorable vacation. We even got to see Iceland claim their first point in World Cup history watching from a brewery in the eastern fjords!

Personal heroes?

My parents – all four of them. They taught me to be compassionate, kind, hard-working, and to always have a curious mind. They shaped me into the man I am today and have supported me 100 percent in everything I do. There’s nothing more you could ask for growing up.

What do I like about Central Ohio?

Columbus has everything for me. It’s one of the most affordable cities in the country, has a small town feel in a huge city, more than 50 craft breweries, amazing restaurants and is a short road trip or flight to almost any destination in the United States. Columbus also has some great parks. Other beautiful sights are right next door in Hocking Hills, Cuyahoga Valley and Red River Gorge.