Ryan Sitton is a man who wears many hats — entrepreneur, engineer, politician and a self-proclaimed geek on a mission to deliver solutions to challenges by using data.

He stays true to his analytical tendencies through his studies for a PhD in data science at the University of Tennessee and his work as the chief executive of reliability data analytics company Pinnacle.

Sitton cofounded the company, then known as Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services, with his wife, Jennifer, in their garage in 2006.