Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. —Steve Jobs

"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage." —Jack Welch



Jenn Wheeler
Executive Office Administrator


Rainne Brant
Vice President of Sales



Management is doing right; leadership is doing the right thing. —Peter Drucker


Primary Investors

Spring Bay helps companies by offering the collective experience of our principals to provide guidance for future growth. Our team works closely with existing management to formulate strategies and provide resources to increase revenue and margins. The form and extent of this management support varies with Spring Bay's level of investment and the needs of the business.

Frederick Sontag is also the president of The Sontag Foundation, a charitable foundation to promote advancements in brain cancer research.


Daniel M. Ryan


Dan Ryan brings a solid background in technology, marketing and operations to Spring Bay. He joined Unison Industries in 1988 as OEM Sales Manager responsible for introducing Unison's revolutionary solid-state ignition exciter to gas turbine engine manufacturers. In 1992, Dan was promoted to Vice President of Marketing, in which role he was responsible for all of Unison's worldwide marketing and sales efforts. Dan also had a five-year tenure as Unison's Vice President of Operations, wherein he was responsible for the integration of key acquisitions and played a leadership role in establishing Unison's Mexico operations. Before joining Unison, Dan spent five years in various marketing and engineering positions with Sundstrand. Dan holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from Duke University, where he received Fuqua Scholar recognition for academic achievement.


Frederick B. Sontag


Frederick "Rick" Sontag was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He received a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, a M.S. in Physics from the University of Nevada at Reno, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After graduation, Rick worked in a variety of sales and marketing positions for companies in the scientific, medical and industrial fields. At age 36 he left the safety of a permanent job and, with the help of two venture capital companies, purchased a small aviation components company in Rockford, Illinois. That company, Unison Industries, grew from 65 employees to nearly 1,500 employees over the course of the next 20 years and became a market leader in aviation engine components. In 2002, Rick sold the company to General Electric.

Rick is a past Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Director of the "Be a Pilot" program. He is also a Trustee of Harvey Mudd College and the president of The Sontag Foundation, a charitable foundation to promote advancements in brain cancer research.