Ryan Heckman is the co-chairman of Quarterly Forum and has spent his entire 19-year career as a private equity investor and business owner. His passion for entrepreneurship, leadership and Colorado led him to join Quarterly Forum as its Chairman.
Ryan began his career as an investment professional for Booth Creek Management Corporation, a family-owned private equity firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, and then, as a principal of KRG Capital Partners, a Denver-based, middle-market private equity firm. As a co-founder of Excellere Partners in 2006, Ryan and his partners raised a $265 million institutional private equity fund, and more recently, a $472 million second fund. Excellere is renowned for its entrepreneur service model and industry-leading investment returns.
In 2014, Ryan co-founded the Colorado Impact Fund, a Denver-based private equity fund that provides growth capital to emerging Colorado companies and entrepreneurs and became the President of ICON, an emerging surgical eye care healthcare company.
Ryan grew up in rural Colorado and his early years skiing led him to become the youngest member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team. After a successful athletic career that included two Olympic Teams and four world championships, he graduated with honors from the University of Colorado. He resides in Denver with his wife, Katie, and their two young children.