Ryan Downie, Finance Expert in Flagstaff, AZ, United States
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Ryan Downie

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Flagstaff, AZ, United States
Toptal Member Since
August 22, 2016

Ryan left the hedge fund equity research world to found Montane Consulting, a practice specializing in startups, growth, and exiting planning. Since then, Ryan has helped clients raise more than $150 million in early-stage capital. Ryan's duties are generally fractional strategic financial director/CFO and fundraising advisor.

Career Highlights

Financial Consultant
Montane Consulting
Garden State Mobile Vending
Research Analyst
Noble Equity Fund

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
University of Notre Dame

Certification Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Financial Consultant

2014 - PRESENT
Montane Consulting
  • Provided early-stage counseling on FP&A, modeling, business plan creation, investor identification, pitches, and terms.
  • Served over 100 clients, including Neura Health, MyHouseBy, Populus Media, Allio Fintech, Women at the Helm, Larabee, VoxSnap, Daily Haloha, FireBrand Group, 82 Stories, and Gift Me Chic.
  • Helped clients to receive more than $150 million in funding offers from VC, PE, angel, and private investors.
  • Facilitated growth for multiple clients from $1 million in revenue to more than $10 million.
  • Developed a proprietary intrinsic equity valuation tool that was deployed by hedge fund clients.
  • Published over 600 times by Investopedia, Benzinga, ExpressWriter, Fool, and Toptal.
  • Developed employee compensation plans to attract and retain the high-level talent required to scale rapidly.
  • Acquired securities licenses and partnered with the exceptional financial planning firm Northeast Financial Network to serve advisory needs of HNW, family office, and business owner clients post-exit.
Focus areas: Pitch Preparation, Business Planning, Investor Presentations, DCF Valuation, DCF Modeling, Venture Capital, Venture Debt, Capital Raising, Growth Capital Raising, Budgeting, Price Analysis, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Director of Research

2015 - 2016
  • Designed a suite of automated equity analysis and valuation tools with a focus on value investing strategies.
  • Created financial models for internal capital management and forecasting.
  • Created a business plan for the purpose of securing a $1.5-million equity capital raise.
  • Pitched venture capital investors to discuss the sale of equity in Prudena; investors were interested in pending demonstrable subscriber growth.
  • Produced equity research reports on a platform for marketing purposes/proof of concept.
Focus areas: Capital Raising, CFO, Financial Reporting, Valuation, Business Planning, Equity Research

Equity Research Analyst

2013 - 2014
Sidoti & Co
  • Identified promising equity research subjects.
  • Conducted fundamental research and created financial models with forecasts.
  • Interviewed executive management teams.
  • Conducted channel checks.
  • Reviewed SEC filings, company news, market, and industry conditions.
  • Composed and published research reports, presented research to sales team, discussed research with institutional clients.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with institutional clients.
Focus areas: Equity Research


2010 - 2014
Garden State Mobile Vending
  • Founded and successfully exited a profitable seasonal business in the food services industry.
  • Oversaw rapid expansion of physical capital and revenue to more than $100,000 in a 12-week season.
  • Raised over $45,000 in financing from banks and private investors.
Focus areas: CFO, Capital Allocation, Marketing, Business Development, Contract Negotiation, Management, Investor Presentations, Capital Raising

Research Analyst

2011 - 2013
Noble Equity Fund
  • Conducted fundamental equity research for a hedge fund.
  • Created models and forecasts, reviewed third-party research, analyzed the market and industry data, aggregated qualitative information, and interviewed executive management teams.
  • Designed and conducted research projects, performed research and analysis of various markets, industries, indexes, and macroeconomic indicators.
  • Presented investment recommendations based both on research and the evolving strategy of the fund manager.
  • Worked closely with the fund manager, presented all research and conclusions directly several times each week.
Focus areas: Equity Research

Profiles Data Analyst

2009 - 2010
Bloomberg LP
  • Analyzed public company filings and private company data to ensure depth and accuracy of financial and corporate profile information on Bloomberg database.
  • Made edits to Bloomberg data when appropriate.
  • Reported daily progress to the management team.
  • Fulfilled project goals successfully (contract position).
Focus areas: Equity Research
2005 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Economics

University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN, USA


Health, Accident, Disability, and Life Insurance Licenses

NAIC | Numerous State Insurance Commissions


Series 7, 63, 65, 85, 86



Portfolio Analysis, DCF Valuation, Financial Modeling, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Equity Research, Valuation, Startup Funding, Fundraising, Price Analysis, Financial Reporting, CFO, Capital Raising, Budgeting, Growth Capital Raising, Venture Debt, Forecasting, Profitability Analysis, Private Equity, Revenue & Expense Projections, Seed Fundraising, Pro Forma Financial Statements, P&L Forecasting, Cash Flow Forecasting, Angel/Seed Funding

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Google Docs

Data & Analysis Software

Factset, Bloomberg

Industry Expertise

Asset Management, Financial Services, Health Insurance, Insurance, Life Insurance, Venture Capital


Investing, Securities, Financial Forecasting, DCF Modeling, Stock Analysis, Writing & Editing, Financial Consultation, Finance, Exit Planning, Advisory, Startups, Business Planning, Employee Benefits, Investor Presentations, Pitch Preparation, Management, Contract Negotiation, Business Development, Marketing, Capital Allocation, Modeling, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Pricing Models, Equity Investment, Models, Angel Investing, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Compensation Plans, Financial Statements, Fundraising Consultant, eCommerce, Economics, Healthcare Services

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