CEO & Co-FounderRyan’s early career after graduation from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH includes sales positions at top technology companies such as Siemens, Genuity, and Availant where he demonstrated his selling skills as a top performer, negotiator and closer.
The lessons he learned drove him to start a business designed to enable enterprise sales reps to increase deal sizes, close more deals and shorten sales cycles. He started Seligence (“Sales Intelligence”) at age 28 with nothing more than some creative ideas and a few hundred dollars.
Key to the initial success of this lean startup was the ability to attract Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Microsoft, and EMC while keeping costs low and customer needs high.
Ryan changed the way these companies approached strategic account planning, sales prospecting and selling into Fortune 1000 companies with the introduction of CRUSH Reports in 2005. By listening to what sales organizations needed to streamline their sales processes, CRUSH Reports were a run-away success. The resulting demand rocketed SalesQuest to #255 on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies.
With customer acquisition, revenues, profits and renewals continuing to grow in the down economy, Ryan and his team launched new offerings including CRUSH Alerts, CRUSH Target Builder, CRUSH mobile, ConnectCRUSH for Salesforce.com, CRUSH Executive Profiles, CRUSH Industry Reports, and the CRUSH M3 Database.
In January of 2014, Ryan led the acquisition of SalesQuest by OneSource/Avention. He transitioned all things CRUSH to the OneSource/Avention team while developing plans to expand CRUSH internationally, expand into new vertical markets and re-launch a new CRUSH e-commerce site.
In January of 2015, Ryan launched databahn, a company focused on tracking companies and their technology innovations in the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing (NLP). databahn is tracking new innovations from disruptive startups all the way to the other end of the spectrum with IBM, GE, Microsoft and their IoT platforms and technologies.