The 2017 Fastest Growing Firms: Ryan


Rank: 75 Revenue Growth: 22%

Ryan, a global tax services and software provider, is the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, the firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Consulting recently caught up with Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan, to discuss the firm’s financial performance, revenue growth and business outlook for the year ahead.

Consulting: What were the main factors that contributed to your firm’s exceptional growth? 

Ryan: Our exceptional growth is rooted in our unwavering pursuit of client service excellence, as well as the quality, talent, and commitment of our professionals that are delivering the highest level of value and results in the tax services industry today. Ryan associates know that when we put our clients first, growth and profitability will follow.

Consulting: How is this year shaping up for your firm? 

Ryan: Following the highest revenue and earnings performance in our firm’s history last year, Ryan is poised to post another record year of revenue and EBITDA growth in 2017. In our 26 years in business, we have been fortunate to realize the incredible achievement of posting revenue growth in every single year.

Consulting: How would you describe your firm’s outlook for 2018? Where do you see the most opportunities? 

Ryan: With the prospect of closing the year in the strongest position we’ve ever been in, we still have a tremendous available market share opportunity in the tax services industry. And with more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 in our client portfolio, including 29 of the 30 companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average, we have boundless opportunities to vastly expand our existing engagements.

Consulting:What would you say are your firm’s biggest challenges in 2018? 

Ryan: To maintain our industry leadership position, we need to attract, retain, and cultivate the smartest and most knowledgeable team of tax professionals in our industry. To meet this ongoing challenge, we are focused on nurturing a culture that develops our associates’ career paths and positions them for key management and leadership roles, ultimately reducing turnover and supporting our growth trajectory.

Consulting: What does being named one of Consulting‘s Fastest Growing Firms mean to your firm, your employees and your clients? 

Ryan: Being selected as one of Consulting magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms recognizes and rewards the outstanding achievements of our firm’s associates, serves as a benchmark for measuring the results of our growth strategy, and is a source of pride for our Firm. Most importantly, our firm views this achievement as a testament to our portfolio of the most respected clients in the world who trust Ryan to deliver superior value, service and outstanding results.

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