Ryan Hop
40 Under 40, Class of 2021

Ryan Hop


Walters Gardens

Job Title

Chief Operating Officer


  • Leading a team that built “what I consider to be one of the best ERP systems available.” It has allowed the company to make better decisions and work more efficiently.
  • He is a graduate of the Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership (EAGL) with Charlie Hall. “This experience really helped me understand how to set direction and implement change to make our business better … and connected me to an awesome network of supportive colleagues.”


Great Escape: His favorite vacation spot is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “It doesn’t get a good cell signal, so the distractions of daily life aren’t there.”

Fun Facts

Needs His Daily Jolt: Ryan says he can’t live without caffeine. “I despise coffee but cannot function with caffeine. White MONSTER is my favorite.”

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