Brian leads GM Ryan’s Executive Search and GMR Capital practices for key clients across the country. With a focus on internet and software verticals, Brian is widely known in both operator and investor communities within SaaS, digital media, mobile, data sciences, and emerging marketing-technology sectors. Prior to taking the entrepreneurial plunge with GM Ryan in 2005, Brian owned large P&L responsibilities and led hundreds of people across enterprise sales, service, and ops teams within the internet technology space for MCI, Qwest, and RCN. Brian’s 20+ years of hands-on operating experience building top performing organizations is directly relevant to investors and executive hiring authorities looking to take their company to the next level. While Brian’s business days are often focused in New York or northern California, he resides in the DC area where he enjoys time with his wife, kids, and yellow labs. Brian is a proud WVU graduate.
Don Kennedy, Managing Partner
Don joins GM Ryan with a fifteen year plus track record of building, developing and leading some of the most successful teams in the digital marketing and technology space. Prior to GM Ryan, Don served as President of Aol's $1B platforms business, leading several hundred people across the globe, full P&L responsibilities, and reporting directly to the CEO. With a unique thread of success - from startup Ad.com acquired by Aol for $495M and Verizon's $4.4B acquisition of Aol - Don is a proven operator who understands what it takes to build a high performing organization at different stages of a company's evolution. A firm believer that any organization's greatest strength is its people, Don has a proven track record of working with start-ups, publicly traded companies, and investors to identify the right talent to drive success at scale. Don has spent much of his career in airports and on the Acela, but calls Annapolis, MD his home, where he resides with his wife and three sons.
Gena Sikorsky, Partner
Gena joined GM Ryan in 2006 and represents high profile clients in digital media and cloud services sectors. Gena has placed industry executives around the country and western Europe, and previously led both the research and candidate development teams for GM Ryan for several years. Gena brings an optimal combination of experience to GM Ryan - having been wildly successful in complex solutions sales with MCI; subsequently launching, building, and selling a venture backed ecommerce business (PopLollies); and leading business development efforts for Ajilon, one of the largest recruitment firms in the world. This blend of technical, entrepreneurial, and recruitment expertise enables Gena to perform at the highest levels for GM Ryan clients. Gena is the mother of three beautiful daughters and is actively involved with multiple charity organizations including serving as Founder of devenio, inc. Gena holds a BA from University of Maryland where she played field hockey.
Lisa Entzminger, Vice President of Operations
Lisa has led GM Ryan's research and operations team since 2013. With her high caliber of tech savvy and organizational skills, Lisa has been a significant contributor to GM Ryan’s overall efficiency and success. She has designed and implemented core processes and tools that are now used as a benchmark for differentiation with GM Ryan's top clients. Lisa is the glue behind the scenes at GM Ryan. Lisa previously ran sales, marketing and business administration functions for Enterprise, while earning several promotions and increased responsibilities based on stellar performance. Lisa earned her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and has been married for three years.