Ryan Graham

Ryan Graham


Ryan leads Chartwell’s Repurchase Obligation and Sustainability practice, providing ESOP owned companies a holistic approach to corporate sustainability.  Ryan has been assisting privately held business owners and management teams in analyzing the financial impact of transactions and the ongoing repurchase obligation for ESOP companies since 2004.  He is recognized nationally as a leader in ESOP sustainability and repurchase obligation forecasting. Throughout his career, Ryan has worked with companies of many different sizes in diverse industries across the country.  Ryan has worked with over a third of NCEO’s “The Employee Ownership 100: America’s Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies.”



Ryan is a member of The ESOP Association’s Administration Advisory Committee, serves on the programming committee for the Wisconsin Chapter of The ESOP Association, serves on the advocacy committee for the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association.  Ryan is a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership. Ryan has presented to employee groups, management teams, boards of directors, investors, and trustees on the topics of ESOP sustainability, ESOP repurchase obligation, and the benefits of ESOP ownership.



Prior to joining Chartwell, Ryan led the ESOP Financial Analysis Team at Principal Financial Group, providing repurchase liability, feasibility, sustainability and benefit-level modeling to ESOP companies. and helped develop the online repurchase liability modeling software used by hundreds of ESOP companies annually.


Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.