Meet Your Neighbor: Ryan Haney
Name: Ryan Haney
Occupation: Landscape contractor/musician
Neighborhood: Lake Forest
What was it like growing up in North Lake Tahoe?
Growing up here was action-packed ” a lot of excitement and activity. It was like living someone’s vacation all the time. I’m a third generation resident, so my family has a lot of history here.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a landscape contractor with Haney Bros Inc., which is co-owned and operated with my brother Chad Haney. We’re based in Tahoe City, but we service the whole North Shore and Truckee.
How did business go this summer?
We’ve done really well this year considering our economy.
What do you do in the winter?
In the winter, Haney Bros does property management and snow removal.
What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies include skiing ” I grew up ski racing in Squaw Valley ” mountain biking, watersports and boating. I also play music in two different live bands ” one is called Vibemosphere and the other is just a compilation of some of the same musicians from Vibemosphere, but the band name has yet to be announced.
What instrument do you play?
I’m a keyboardist. I’ve been playing the piano since I was seven.
What type of music does Vibemosphere play?
It’s a combination of funk, jazz and rock.
Have you played at any local venues this summer?
We played at Truckee Thursdays and most recently at the Battle of the Bands in Tahoe City.
Do you have any plans to leave Tahoe?
I currently own property in Tahoe and have no plans of leaving, but I do intend on expanding my landscaping business in the next couple of years into a nursery, so I plan on buying property at a lower elevation to grow plant materials and to serve the needs of a nursery.
Do you have any favorite mountain biking trails in Tahoe?
I think the back country in general is really enjoyable, peaceful and is a great place to get away whether it be on a mountain bike, hiking or backpacking.
What is one of your biggest accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishment has been owning my business, buying property and building my house.
How has Tahoe City changed over the years?
The streets have changed ” there were no sidewalks, street lamps and no parallel parking when I was growing up. The music scene has also changed. There used to be more live music and now there are really no venues. The night life in Tahoe City has definitely died.
Do you have any goals you still want to accomplish in life?
The nursery is my main short-term goal, which involves buying property and building another house. Long term, I’d like to settle down and have a family.
What does being a true Tahoe local mean for you?
It’s an understanding of the quality of life we’re given here.
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