When he was a student at North Carolina University, Ryan participated in CEO and attended the National Conference. Ryan was CEO and Co-Founder of iContact, which was founded in July of 2003. The company that started as a startup while Ryan was still in school and grew to 300 employees. Icontact was sold to Vocus in 2012 for $169 million.
Ryan is technology entrepreneur, angel investor and CEO and Co-Founder of Connect (http://www.connect.com/)
Last year's alumni award was given to Lean Startup Machine founder Trevor Owens. Trevor attended the CEO Conference as a student of Iowa State University and went on to start several businesses before launching Lean Startup Machine.
CEO is a non-profit organization that creates and supports young entrepreneurs. The CEO National Conference is an annual event that brings together over 1,200 students, faculty, and entrepreneurs. The event hosts the National Elevator Pitch Competition, chapter awards, student entrepreneur of the year awards, breakout and keynote sessions, networking events, mentorship opportunities, and more. For more information on CEO, visit c-e-o.org. To register for the conference, visit the registration site here.