Ryan D. Thies is the Chief Operating Officer. In this role Ryan works with the Executive Management Team on operations management, financial management, strategic planning, problem solving, special projects, and decision support across a wide variety of topics. Ryan oversees the Accounting, Information Technology, Marketing, Human Resources, and Administrative Services & Facilities groups to meet the firm’s financial and operational goals. Additionally, he is a liaison between senior management and the firm’s legal, accounting, and other external advisors.

Prior to joining Stout, Ryan was an Associate at DTE Energy Resources, where he worked in the DTE Biomass Energy subsidiary. At DTE he evaluated acquisition opportunities and development projects in addition to performing internal financial analyses. Ryan has also worked as a Managing Consultant at Navigant Consulting, Inc. where he provided consulting services related to lost profits and economic damages in a variety of disputes including intellectual property infringement, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and other business claims. Prior work experience also includes Tucker Alan, Inc., a business and litigation consulting firm that was acquired by Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Ryan earned his Masters of Business Administration degree, with concentrations in Finance, Management and Strategy, and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance, with High Honors, from Michigan State University.