Mr. Ryan Heckman grew up in rural Colorado and his childhood near a ski area 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.
Ryan had a successful 17-year career as a private equity investor, culminating in co-founding Excellere Partners in 2006, investing approximately $700 mm into emerging companies from a variety of industries, including a focus in healthcare. Excellere is renowned for its entrepreneur service model and industry-leading investment returns.
After his career as an investor, Ryan became President and ultimately the CEO of EVP EyeCare, a Denver- based healthcare company. With his leadership, the company grew 20-fold while building best-in-class facilities, medical team and culture through a multi-state expansion strategy. Today, EVP EyeCare is one of the largest providers of surgical eye care in the United States.
Active in his community, Ryan also co-founded the Colorado Impact Fund, a Denver-based venture capital fund dedicated to supporting emerging Colorado companies, served on the investment committee for the Colorado Health Foundation and currently serves as chairman of Quarterly Forum, a community leadership development organization and director for the University of Denver’s Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise. Ryan is also a member of Colorado Concern, a bipartisan alliance of approximately 100 CEO’s who are active in strengthening public policy decisions in Colorado.
Ryan and his wife, Katie, live in Denver, Colorado with two young children.