Steve Ryan joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2018. He specializes in new business development initiatives for Prairie. He has over 25 years of new business and banking experience with clients throughout the country. Steve has led commercial banking teams that interact with business owners and c-level executives of private and public companies. Throughout his career, he has acted as a trusted advisor to many privately-held companies to assist them in growth initiatives, business transitions and liquidity events.
Steve frequently presents on a variety of topics including ownership transition alternatives, financing ESOPs and capital allocation in a wide variety of venues, such as the National Center for Employee Ownership, The ESOP Association as well as Prairie webinars. Steve is the National ESOP Committee Chair and Chicago ESOP Committee Chair for the Private Directors Association.
In addition, he is a member of the Snow City Arts organization where he served as a treasurer. He is also a Board member of the Indian Boundary Y.M.C.A, a Chicago Metropolitan Y.M.C.A affiliate, where he has served as an Annual Fundraising Chairperson and Major Gift Chairperson.
Prior to joining Prairie, Steve spent more than 16 years at Northern Trust where he held numerous roles, most recently as a Managing Director leading its middle-market commercial banking team in the central U.S. region. His team of four bankers managed over 130 relationships with over $2.7 billion in commitments. His prior roles include managing a commercial banking team at Mizuho Financial and banker and operations manager at ABN-Amro/LaSalle National Bank.
Steve holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus on International Business from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Iowa.