CAROLYN RYAN, MBA
I am a business broker and advisor who has spent over 30 combined years as a business owner and a global business development specialist. I am a savvy sales & operations professional, a skilled financial analyst and marketer, and a seasoned negotiator.
My family-owned businesses are in real-estate, family entertainment and live events. We strongly believe in the values of connectivity and community. As a broker, my goal is to defend other business owners’ vision and purpose.
I spent 17 years in the global development of Colorado’s home-grown brands, Celestial Seasonings and Gaiam. Managing a small business unit is much like managing a small business. I had cross-functional accountabilities with limited resources and had to use heart, smarts and grit to get things done – just like every business owner out there. I have also lived overseas for a total of nine years and travelled internationally for my work. My exposure to businesses, people and cultures all around the world sharpened my perspective, broadened my outlook, and honed my insight, serving me now in relating to the broad diversity of both the businesses and the owners I work with.
I earned a BS in Marketing from Arizona State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Denver. I was born in Colorado and currently live in Louisville with my husband. My adult children live nearby as does my (very) large extended family.