OVF Member Highlight
Ryan Cargill is vice president of business development for i2E, a venture capital fund that provides growth capital to earl-stage companies in Oklahoma. Over the past year i2E has raised more than $10 million for early-stage companies in Oklahoma through a combination of deal specific co-investment and a new privately managed venture fund. Ryan’s role is to manage all investor related efforts including fundraising and the creation of new strategic partnerships. Ryan also serves as director of Seed Step Angels, Oklahoma’s largest angel investor group that is comprised of accredited investors (by SEC standards) including individuals, family offices, non-profit endowment managers, and corporate entities. Seed Step Angel members invest their own dollars into deals presented to them as part of an annual membership. In 2018, Seed Step Angel members invested more than $2 million into early-stage Oklahoma companies and advised several others.
Prior to joining i2E, Ryan was a portfolio manager with InvesTrust Wealth Management. While working at InvesTrust, Ryan helped individual and family clients manage their personal assets from traditional stocks and bonds to alternative investments. Before joining InvesTrust, he founded a financial consulting firm, the Greystone Group LLC that specializes in outsourced CFO and advisory services. In 2016 he held a brief role with Boeing’s defense business to help transition financial planning functionality from Seattle to Oklahoma City. He began his career in corporate finance at Chesapeake Energy where he helped support projects including refinancing $3 billion of senior-secured bonds that saved the company ~$110 million in annual interest expense, re-syndicating the company’s $4 billion credit facility, identifying and evaluating reserve properties to pledge as mortgaged collateral, and supporting the company’s commodity hedging related efforts.
Ryan received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma with a concentration in entrepreneurship and finance. Ryan has passed level II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) practicum through the CFA Institute and plans to sit for level III in June 2019. As an active member of the community, Ryan serves on boards for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation. He is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class XII and the Emerging Leaders for the United Way of Central Oklahoma. In 2015, Ryan received ionOklahoma Magazine’s 30 under 30 NexGen Award.
In January he ran his first marathon in Houston with a finishing time of 3:12:36 and looks forward to participating in Oklahoma City’s annual Memorial marathon in April.