Coming from a family of musicians, Ryan inherited a creative bent and an independent streak that led him to Japan as an exchange student. It also led him to earn a master’s degree in taxation and, as a result, the affectionate title of family black sheep.
Now married and the father of two, he’s learned a great deal about the fine art of negotiation from his young children.
Ryan brings his diverse background and creativity to bear in helping clients to minimize taxes and deal effectively with what can seem an overwhelming government bureaucracy.
Ryan’s work integrates complex wealth transfer strategies with the day-to-day operations of family-owned and closely held companies. He helps clients with estate tax-saving ideas that move seamlessly from drawing board to implementation, while ensuring that the solutions actually align with his clients’ personal goals and philosophies.
Ryan is a senior manager in the firm’s tax practice and a member of the trusts and estates and high net worth practice groups. He advises affluent individuals and families, and their family businesses, on income and estate tax matters. His clients include investors, business owners and company executives.
He also advises fiduciaries on estate administration, post-mortem tax planning and trust funding.
- Tax compliance and consulting for affluent individuals and families
- Estate and gift planning, including federal and Washington State estate and gift tax returns
- Multi-state income taxation of trusts and estates
- Generation-Skipping Transfer tax
- Closely-held and family businesses
- Corporate, partnership and individual taxation
- Strategic tax and transaction planning
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Washington
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
- United Way, Planned Giving Committee
- Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, University of Washington
- Accounting courses, Seattle University
- Master of Science in Taxation, Golden Gate University
- Graduate Certificate in Estate Planning, Golden Gate University