Ryan Kauth

Ryan Kauth

Ryan Kauth

Chief of Staff | CEO

Proven abilities in training and leadership development of the next generation of family members into executive roles such as Chief of Staff, CEO for growth, turnaround, expansion initiative, player-coach CEO/CBDO, and CEO of SBUs. A trusted advisor and executive coach, serving as a key “go-to” resource for executive coaching, training, and advising entrepreneurial business leaders on business growth strategies. A cross-functional expert with multi-industry exposure and highly effective at managing change in a fast-evolving business.


Experience - Kauth and Assoc9/1998 – Present

Coach, fractional Chief of Staff, Technical Advisor, Consultant

Consulted, advised, and coached small business owners, and their executives, family-owned business executives, and entrepreneurs through the execution, creation, development, and success measurement of strategic plans, marketing plans, growth plans, new market development plans, and strategic partnership plans.

Experience - Greenleaf Bank12/2020 – 8/2022

Senior Vice President – Lending

As part of the management team, providing leadership direction for accomplishing the strategic business development outcomes of the business. Delivering growth objectives by revitalizing business processes, championing change in the organizational culture, and establishing regional market leadership. Improving market visibility and awareness through B2B marketing plans, preparing the organization for succession, and redeveloping policies and procedures for driving business excellence.

Experience - U of Wisconsin GB1/2016 – 8/2021

Senior Lecturer

Advised 120 entrepreneurship students each year. Established the foundation for a named Center for Entrepreneurship at the university. Held several pitch contests on campus for the student entrepreneurs; coached student entrepreneurs in international, national, state, and regional competitions.

Experience - SBDC9/2012 – 4/2016


Re-established the Small Business Development Center as the go-to regional resource for economic development professionals to refer their small business owners who needed growth and financing assistance. Engaged in fundraising and budgeting activities and creating no-cost and low-cost training programs.


Grew Revenue

  • Propelled revenue growth within four quarters by over 20% y-o-y. Coached the team members and improved awareness by strategizing and executing marketing plans and business development activities.

Helped Small Business

  • Increased assistance and help to 300+ entrepreneurs and small business owners consistently y-o-y. Helped the small business owners access over $10M in capital annually. Within 1.5 years, the Center was recognized nationally with the state’s Service Excellence Award.

Revitalized Training

  • Revitalized training programs, streamlined training operations, and developed partnerships to defray costs; the training revenue increased just over 3x, training attendance doubled, and training retention increased by nearly 4x.


  • Small Business Development Centers
  • Consulting
  • Non-Profits
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Banking
  • Training
  • Coaching
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Planning
  • Small Business Ownership
  • Leadership Development
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing
  • Team Building
  • Fundraising
  • Organizational Development
  • Social Networking
  • Product Development
  • Change Management
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Retail Strategy