Carl Ryden speaking at the 2017 Affinity Mingle for Alumni Weekend
Back in 2009, Carl Ryden, CEO and Co-Founder of PrecisionLender, began the company with, quite literally, a blank screen and a blinking cursor and the hope of helping banks better manage their pricing and profitability. Today, PrecisionLender is a company of over 90 employees, with offices in Cary and Charlotte, NC and Sydney, Australia, and has implemented over 200 clients ranging in asset size from less than $1 billion to greater than $1 trillion.
Well before day one at at PrecisionLender, Ryden spent his early days at a public high school in Durham, NC – the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM).
Feeling as though his previous school wasn’t challenging enough, Ryden welcomed NCSSM’s difficult classes. He met some of his best friends and the school propelled him to where he is now.
Ryden expresses the profound effect the school had on him during an interview with NCSSM:
“Some would say I owe a debt to the school,” he says. “But I say the school is an equity investor in my future. I can’t ever really repay my debt, so the school owns part of my future. In many ways, Science and Math rescued me, it changed forever the course of my life. I gained maturity along with the friends and the academics.”
He's given a Tedx talk at the school (which can be viewed here) and continues to support the school by helping to create the Peter T. Haughton Fabrication and Innovation Lab (or FabLab), by teaching a class on entrepreneurship, and donating countless hours.
In addition, Ryden loves hiring graduates and interns from NCSSM to work at PrecisionLender. There’s something about the school and the students that always delivers.
One of those hires is Katharine Briggs, Class of ’91 and EVP of Client Success at PrecisionLender. She recalls her favorite part of NCSSM:
“As an only child, I loved being surrounded by other students - 24/7! It was also a great environment to be on the educational, college-prep journey with other kids who share a similar work ethic, who are intellectually curious and who have a diversity of culture.”
She found PrecisionLender through the school’s Twitter account.
“I follow NCSSM and noticed and shared with a Unicorn parent the profile NCSSM posted on Carl. When the opportunity to join the team came along a year later, I recalled the article and was even more encouraged to apply.”
Brigg’s favorite part about PrecisionLender?
“The diversity of strengths here. We have amazing coders, finance geniuses, extraordinarily creative content developers, etc. and all are celebrated and appreciated. At many companies, there is a pecking order - you know, where one discipline is the most important. Not here - everyone genuinely understands how PrecisionLender is wonderful because of the gifts each person contributes.”
With PrecisionLender’s rapid growth and its affinity for NCSSM, we’re actively hiring for roles in Charlotte and Cary, NC, and love bringing more Unicorns onto the team.
If you’re looking for a new opportunity, check out our open positions here.
Current Unicorns - keep your eyes peeled for Summer 2018 internship opportunities!
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