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President, Proxibid

Ryan is currently President and CEO of Proxibid, the world's most trusted online platform for buying and selling highly valued items. Proxibid provides 4000 sellers and 1.6 million buyers four distinct transaction methods (live auction, timed auction, buy now, make offer), world-class fraud prevention, and integrated payment processing. Approximately $6 billion in inventory passes through Proxibid’s platform annually in product categories including fine art, antiques and collectibles, electronics, automobiles, construction equipment, farm equipment, trucks, commercial and industrial equipment, and real estate. Founded in 2001, Proxibid is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska with an office in London.

From 2001 to 2009, Ryan served as one of the top executives at PayPal, a leading online payment service. As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Ryan was responsible for approximately 5700 FTEs 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.

From 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors for Assurity Life Insurance Company in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue University, NorthStar, and the Corporate Advisory Board for the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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 his family’s farm outside Hershey and currently resides in Springfield, Nebraska with his wife, Valerie, and their three children, Emily (18), Lauren (18), and Carson (13). He is active in King of Kings Lutheran church, and coaches youth basketball.