In 2011, the Georgia Restaurant Association named Unsukay Restaurants "Restaurateurs of the Year." He served on the board of the Georgia Restaurant Association from 2012 to 2015, assuming the role of board chair in 2015.
In 2014, Ryan was named "Business Person of the Year" by both the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Ryan was pivotal in founding the Giving Kitchen and is currently the organization's board chair. The Unsukay partners received the Cornerstone Humanitarian Award from the National Restaurant Association in 2015, recognizing their role in founding the Giving Kitchen. In 2019, the James Beard Foundation named Giving Kitchen The Humanitarian of The Year.