Richard “Rich” Ryan, president and CEO of Dorner Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, Wis., died in a motorcycle accident Sept. 8, while traveling in the western United States.

Ryan began his career with Dorner in October 2005, when he was hired as its chief operating officer. He held that position until this past June, when he was appointed president and CEO following the company’s acquisition by Pittsburgh-based Incline Equity Partners. Under Ryan’s leadership, the company more than doubled in size and is today, known in the industry as the leader in unit handling conveyors. Prior to joining Dorner, Ryan held several executive management positions at Rockwell Automation.

He is survived by his wife Denise and his two sons, Timothy and Colin. This is an extremely difficult and trying time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ryan family.