Ryan has nearly 30 years' experience in mid-market M&A transactions. In 1985 he founded Chicago-based 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 led the turn-around of Chicago's Reid Systems, an HR systems and data vendor to Fortune 500 clients subsequently sold to NCS Pearson for $30 million. He also turned around out of bankruptcy Lilly Pulitzer, a sportswear manufacturer he later sold to a management group from women's clothing manufacturer and retailer Carroll Reed. Ryan came to Chicago in 1985 to lead equity investments in and workouts of various print and software portfolio companies for Golder Thoma Cressey Rauner. 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 headed up the corporation's acquisitions efforts.
Ryan holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College (Hartford). He leads the non-profit fellowships program for the HBS Club of Chicago.
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