Meet the Team

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          Dan Ryan

In his role as Principal, Dan leads the Talent Acquisition and Development piece for the firm. This includes Retained Executive Search, Facilitation, Leadership Development and a wide variety of other group process activities. Dan’s search work focuses on mid-to-senior level leadership while his consulting work includes Executive Coaching, Organizational & Leadership Development, and Group Facilitation. His primary market segments include EngineeringConstructionArchitectureManufacturing, and Healthcare.

Dan has earned an MEd. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, an MBA from Tennessee State University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Murray State University. He has been an adjunct faculty member for Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and has also taught at Belmont University.

Dan is a frequent speaker at conferences across the country and in many parts of the world. He presented at the International Servant Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA and also at the World Training Conference in Mumbai, India in 2014.

Dan is a Past-President of the Franklin Breakfast Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), the President of Nashville ACE Mentor and is a board member for the Middle Tennessee Workforce Investment Board. Dan is a life member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  

He is married to Gena and they have two grown sons, Daniel and Matthew.

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   Kenneth L. Smithmier
         Senior Consultant

Ken serves Ryan Search & Consulting as Senior Consultant concentrating on Talent Development. His career includes 40 years in healthcare, the last 30 in senior leadership positions.

He has a wide range of experience including; small rural hospitals, large academic medical centers, startups/turnarounds and international work in the Middle East.

A large part of his career has been devoted to talent development, including Gallup strengths coaching as well as various assessment tools for behaviors, motivators and emotional intelligence. He has a particular interest in work on optimism and pessimism from the University of Pennsylvania and Positive Organizational Scholarship from the University of Michigan.

He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Louis University and his Master’s in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota.

He has chaired numerous boards and committees in areas such as economic development and health care policy, at both the state and federal level.

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       Kaylyn Bruehl

Kaylyn joined the firm in 2014, but she had prior experience working with Dan during their time at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.  She and her husband, Reid, relocated to Nashville from Kentucky more than 13 years ago. Before joining Ryan Search & Consulting, Kaylyn held positions in marketing and financial development with leading non-profits United Way of Southern Kentucky and YMCA of Middle Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, watching sporting events and acting.  She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

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      Graham Manning

Graham joined Ryan Search in August of 2014.  Prior to this Manning was a recreational therapist with Nashville-based Cumberland Heights Treatment Center and administrative assistant for head baseball coach Tim Corbin in the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department. 

She is a University of Georgia graduate with a B.S. in Sports Management. She also has volunteered extensively with a number of mission trips to Haiti, Ecuador, El Salvador and South Africa. She will direct her recruitment efforts in all of the industries served by Ryan Search & Consulting.


      Madeline Garvin

Madeline joined the firm in January of 2015.  Prior to joining the Ryan Search & Consulting team, Madeline worked for the State of Tennessee as the executive assistant to First Lady Crissy Haslam.  In addition, she has experience with a health-related non-profit organization, a large retailer, a small media services company, and a start-up venture. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she studied Human and Organizational Development and Corporate Strategy. 

Madeline and her husband, Grayson, call Nashville home and live here part of the year, but they also travel across the country during his baseball season. In her free time, Madeline most enjoys being outdoors, learning to cook and sport fishing.