James Ryan

Head of Business Development

James Ryan is responsible for leading the distribution strategies of Destra’s expanding investment offerings and brings more than 30 years of broad experience in sales, asset management and client development to the role. He is accomplished in strategic planning and analysis, business-to-business development, and securities and has developed long-standing relationships and successful practices across all distribution channels and business platforms, including mutual fund, retirement, and SMA.

Prior to joining Destra in 2018, Mr. Ryan was Managing Director-Head of National Accounts at Provasi Capital Partners. Prior to Provasi Capital Partners, he spent more than three years as Managing Director–National Accounts Director in the RIA and independent channels for INVESCO, Ltd. (2010–2013). In this capacity, he directed channel sales and distribution strategies for leading firms, including Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Raymond James, TD Ameritrade, and AIG Advisor Group. Before that, Mr. Ryan served for 14 years as Managing Director–Director of National Accounts at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. In this position, he directed and established one of the largest distribution footprints in the industry, which included relationships across all distribution channels representing more than 3,000 selling agreements. From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Ryan was Senior Vice President of National Accounts and National Sales Manager at Van Kampen Investments.

Mr. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 65 and 79 securities licenses.