Defiance Area News


Toledo, Ohio…Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner, received a 2019 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award on Tuesday, October 29 at the 24th annual 20 Under 40 ceremony. He was among the 200 nominated candidates.
Mack was elected Defiance County Commissioner at the age of 30. He worked with fellow commissioners on the planning and restoration of the Defiance County Courthouse, and partnered with the Black Swamp Bee Keepers Association to create the first community owned bee pollinator sanctuary and training facility, and was a founding board member of the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana Regional Council of Governments for mapping, studying and monitoring the tri-state aquifer.
Mack served six and a half years in the Army before being medically retired for injuries suffered during the Battle of Marjah, Afghanistan where he was a reconnaissance team leader.
He received a Purple Heart for injuries received during Operation Moshtarak in Afghanistan, and has received a Service to Veterans Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He worked with Congressman Bob Latta on veteran’s legislation.
In the community, Mack serves as Board President of the Four County Solid Waste District, is on the executive board for the Defiance Community Improvement Corporation, and serves on the boards of the Community Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, the National Association of Counties Telecommunication and Technology, and County Commissioners Association of Ohio. He volunteers for the Defiance County Mentoring Program, coaches Big Horn Buddy Wrestling and serves as Council Vice President at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selects the 20 candidates for recognition. It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 480 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program.
Program sponsors include Eastman & Smith; Fifth Third Bank; Plante Moran; The Andersons, Inc.; University of Toledo and Sauder Woodworking Co. The Toledo Business Journal serves as the media partner, Leadership Toledo serves as the community partner. The Creative Block and Ulrich Pinciotti are creative partners. Community support is provided by EPIC Toledo, Imagination Station, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Opera, Toledo Zoo, and the Valentine Theatre.
Editors note: Mack resides in Jewell, Ohio his two children.
Press Release | October 30, 2019