Ryan Downs

Ryan Downs

President, Proxibid

Ryan is currently President of Proxibid, the world's leading provider of live webcast auctions. Proxibid provides real-time webcast and timed online auction bidding services to thousands of real brick and mortar auction companies. Ryan also serves on the Board of Directors for Live Ops, a leading provider of on-demand call center technology and home agent outsourcing services.

From 2006 until 2009, Ryan served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at PayPal, a leading online payment service with major operations in La Vista, Nebraska. In that role, he was responsible for approximately 5700 FTE engaged in numerous functions, including consumer service, merchant service, sales, compliance, and risk operations. In addition to his PayPal responsibilities, Ryan also managed eBay Global Customer Support, which included an additional 6000 FTEs, from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Downs joined PayPal in 2001 as Vice President of Operations and served in that capacity until 2006. From June 2000 to 2001, Ryan served as Chief Executive Officer for eTopia Technologies, Inc., an Omaha-based web development and IT consulting firm. Before that, he was a partner at the law firm of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott in Denver, Colorado, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation.

Ryan earned a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences in 1991 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994. He was born and raised on a family farm in Hershey, Nebraska and currently resides in Springfield, Nebraska with his wife, Valerie, and their twin daughters Emily and Lauren and their son Carson. His interests include Husker football, travel, horses, basketball, history, and skiing.