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Partners

THE APPLIED GROUP generates investment opportunities through its network of business relationships. Our experienced team of business leaders offers investment and management capital to THE APPLIED GROUP.

Managing Directors:

Todd R. Ryden: Co-Founder and Managing Director.

Co-Founder and Managing Director. Mr. Ryden is an experienced entrepreneur and manager, having founded and sold several enterprises. Mr. Ryden focuses his attention on business acquisition, growth planning, operations implementation, and transaction structure. After practicing law, Mr. Ryden co-founded StarCom Broadband, a cable and high-speed data provider. StarCom was sold in 2001 to Comcast®, Time Warner® and Insight Communications®. Mr. Ryden co-founded Cole Marketing, a bottled water brand-marketing group, acquired in 2006 by a New York based venture capital group. Mr. Ryden co-founded Caldera Development, a real estate development company, presently participating in the development of a 430,000sf lifestyle center. Mr. Ryden was a co-founder of ViaStar Energy, Inc. which provided utility management services. ViaStar's Automated Meter Reading technology was acquired by a Fortune 500 global communications company in 2007 and its utility services division was acquired in 2008 by NWP Services Corp.®. Prior to going into business, Mr. Ryden's legal career included litigating at the Indiana Supreme Court, and representing the State of Indiana in the tobacco litigation. Mr. Ryden obtained his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, has a certificate in International Contract Law from Tulane University, Paris, France, and obtained his B.A. from Purdue University. He is a member of the American and Indiana Bar Associations, serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Indiana, and has been a guest lecturer at Purdue University, Ball State University and the University of Indianapolis.

Contact Info:
Phone: (317) 580-2588 ext. 1700
E-Mail: tryden@theapplied.com

Jeffrey M. Adams: Co-Founder and Managing Director.

Co-Founder and Managing Director. Mr. Adams brings a strong background of experience in software, computer technology, product development, sales and marketing, and executive management to THE APPLIED GROUP. Mr. Adams was the co-founder of Support Net, an IBM distributor of midrange computer products and services. He and his partners grew the company from a modest software firm into IBM's largest distributor within the midrange brand in the United States, achieving over $600M in annual revenue with over 300 employees. In 1999 Support Net sold to Arrow Electronics®. Mr. Adams has been, and continues to be, an active investor in dozens of private equity projects with a focus on technology. Mr. Adams has a background in software development in a variety of industries, including insurance, manufacturing, distribution and logistics, financial and medical for companies such as Polaris Industries® and EZGO®. Jeff was a music education major at the University of Wisconsin, studied Computer Science at Hennepin Tech in Minnesota and business administration at IUPUI. Mr. Adams is active in several community programs. As a parent of a type-1 diabetic, Mr. Adams serves on the board of the local chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Mr. Adams has served on the Indianapolis Symphony board, is an active supporter of Camp for a Cure, St. Luke's United Methodist Church youth and outreach programs, The Conservation Fund, Hoosier Environmental Council and St. Mary's Child Center.

Contact Info:
Phone: (317) 580-2588 ext. 1600
E-Mail: jadams@theapplied.com