Ryan has nearly 30 years' experience in mid-market M&A transactions. In 1985 he founded Kuhn Capital, an M&A advisory to buyers and sellers of professional services, data, software and technology firms in transactions ranging in value from $10 million to $100 million. A number of these transactions featured overseas parties and among his clients have been Gibson Guitar, Sony, Ameritech, Black & Veatch, Energy East and Reed Business Information. Before that he turned-around Reid Systems (an HR systems and data vendor to Fortune 500 clients now owned by General Dynamics) and Lilly Pulitzer (a sportswear manufacturer now owned by Oxford Industries). In addition to investment banking and operating experience, Ryan led equity investments in print and software companies for PE firm Golder Thoma Cressey Rauner (now GTCR). He has served on the boards of a number of mid-market companies, today including First Bank & Trust Company of Illinois. He began his career at McGraw-Hill in New York where he led the corporation's acquisitions efforts.
Ryan holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College (Hartford). He is a board member of the non-profit fellowship program of the HBS Club of Chicago and is based in Menlo Park, CA.
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