Before Ryan Silva owned his own limo company, he was driving the limos himself. He was working as an Internet marketer when his neighbor started a limo company and Ryan became a driver. It only took a short time to realize he could do it on his own and by 2004, he went from driver to owner of Epic Limousine in just one year. By 2010 he was operating four limo buses and then an opportunity to buy another limo company came about and Ryan jumped on it. Overnight his business tripled in size. Although there were many challenges, Ryan and his team survived the recession and are proud to be a thriving transportation company with more than 15 buses and cars that are ready to provide service to San Diegans looking for a good time.
Q: If someone were to play you in a movie, who would it be and why?
A: Probably Johnny Knoxville . People always tell me that I look like him, and I have the sense of humor of an eighth grader, so it suits me.
Q: When and where was your first experience in a limo?
A: I think it was my 22nd birthday. I'm a poor planner when it comes to my birthday, so I surprised my friends with a limo and kidnapped them for a night out. It was a great night!
Q: What would you tell your 10-year-old self if given the chance?
A: I would tell my 10-year-old self to start a limo company instead of going to college. They don't teach you this stuff in school.
Q: What's the craziest thing that has been left behind in one of your limos?
A: I'm not sure you can print that, but what's up with people forgetting clothes in the limo? It's like the Salvation Army over here. It's never Armani sunglasses though!
Q: What are some of the cool places that your company takes people to?
A: The Coachella Music Festival is a cool one, but nothing can top Vegas.
Q: Who parties harder and tips better ... bachelors or bachelorettes?
A: It's not even close! Bachelorettes get crazier than any other group. It can be hard to keep your eyes on the road sometimes. I had to install a wall on buses for privacy. The biggest tip usually comes from the drunk guy trying to impress his girl. Inevitably, the next day he'll call to see if he can take his tip back.
Q: The best part about doing business in San Diego?
A: The people. San Diegans usually are respectful and just want to have fun. We are here to make sure they do it safely.
Q: The three things you would take to a deserted island?
A: No cell service? Sounds like a vacation. A keg, a tap and a cup.
Amber Mesker is an entertainment and lifestyle reporter for DiscoverSD. She loves providing readers updates on Hollywood gossip, San Diego fashion and cool weekend events. You can follow Amber and laugh at her fun, crazy life at @ambermesker