Meet Insyte



Ryan is responsible for Business Development for Southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany Counties.  He brings a wide range of professional experience including Engineering and Global Supply Chain Management at Bausch & Lomb as well as Sales and Business Development for General Electric and Polymer Conversions.  He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Plastics Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell and a M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



Phil helps WNY companies improve their operations through the implementation of lean manufacturing practices and ISO quality management systems. In addition to Insyte, Phil has worked at Hughes Aircraft, Carleton Technologies and SoPark Corporation in the engineering and operations fields. His experience includes positions as Project Engineer, Systems Engineer and Operations Manager. Phil is a certified Lean practitioner from SME/AME, has ISO 9000 and ISO 13485 Provisional Lead Auditor certifications and is an active member of APICS. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo.

Dave Hanitz


Dave is an engineer with more than 35 years of managerial and operational experience with WNY manufacturers, including Fisher Price Toys, The MIBRO Group and ATECH-S.E.H. Precision Metal Fabricators. He is our Business Development Manager for companies in Northern Erie, Niagara and Allegany Counties. Dave previously served as a business consultant with Insyte from 1995 to 2006, helping manufacturers improve their businesses through lean manufacturing implementations, ISO quality management systems, and other operational improvements. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the State University College at Buffalo and an M.S. in Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



Jim has more than 30 years of diverse manufacturing experience in engineering, project management, new product development and continuous improvement. Prior to joining Insyte, Jim held a variety of engineering positions at Greatbatch, Fisher-Price and General Motors. He is an active senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Jim is certified as a Professional Business Advisor through MEP University, is an ISO provisional lead auditor, and a trainer in lean manufacturing initiatives. He is on the Board of Advisors of RIT's Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. Jim holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo and a BS in Industrial Engineering from RIT.



Jack works with manufacturers on business and strategic planning, Innovation Engineering, lean manufacturing, finance and ISO quality management systems. He also helps technology start-ups prepare for equity and grant funding. Jack is director of the Western New York Venture Association/Buffalo Angels, manages the WNY Business Development Fund and is the NYSTAR-designated Regional Specialist for SBIR/STTR funding. Jack is a certified Innovation Engineering Growth Coach, provisional ISO Lead Auditor and MEP Professional Business Advisor. Before Insyte, Jack was a commercial relationship manager and VP at Goldome, HSBC and Fleet Banks. He holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo and a BS from Cornell University.



Tom specializes in information technology, including systems integration, system requirements definition, vendor selection and implementation. He has led multi-million dollar, organization-wide technology and systems based projects for over 20 years. Tom is also an experienced practitioner of process improvement and organizational change management. Before Insyte, Tom managed a team of project managers at M&T Bank responsible for delivering client-focused solutions in office environments throughout the bank. He also worked as the technical operations manager for Integron Inc. Tom holds an MBA and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Tom is a certified ISO provisional auditor and possesses numerous lean instructor certifications.



Ben focuses on business development, innovation and executive coaching for Insyte based on his 20 years of experience in general management and consulting with manufacturing companies. Before Insyte, Ben was president of Sefar Filtration and a SVP & GM with USFilter, a Fortune 500 water filtration manufacturer. Ben is Chair of the American Small Manufacturers Coalition based in Washington, D.C., a member of the World Trade Center Board of Directors and the Lead for the Entrepreneurship Work Group of the WNY Regional Economic Development Council. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Yale University.