Bryan Rishforth on Starting TiE Philadelphia
“People are starting a lot of businesses in the Philadelphia area so I wanted to help start a chapter here to create an ecosystem and keep investments local. TiE allows us to leverage the 60-country 20,000 person network to help foster these young business leaders.”
Bryan Rishforth is an entrepreneur and business owner based in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
He is an active philanthropist and is dedicated to giving back to his home of Philadelphia. He is heavily involved with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and served on the board for five years. A nationally acclaimed nonprofit, the organization uses hockey as a means to educate and empower underprivileged children in the Philadelphia area. Graduates of the program have gone on to achieve academic success in college, make consistently healthy life decisions, serve as positive role models to younger Snider Hockey athletes, and find rewarding employment.
Bryan Rishforth also serves as a founding board member and Chair of the Angels Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter of TiE. TiE is an organization for entrepreneurs founded in Silicon Valley by Indian-Americans in 1992. The founding members were all tech executives looking to get back into the entrepreneurship field. The Philadelphia area has become a burgeoning spot for new businesses, so a chapter was started to help create an ecosystem and keep investments local. This also helps prevent entrepreneurs from going to the west coast. Instead, they’re able to leverage the 60-country, 20,000 person network of TiE to help foster these young business leaders. The Angels Committee is a team of angel investors.
Currently, Bryan works as the co-founder and principal of R&R Global Partners. A private investment firm, R&R has a heavy focus on commercial real estate development, growth technology, retail and franchise development. Their services include management consulting, merger & acquisition advising and financial services.
Bryan is a graduate of Drexel University, where he received a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was also an Eta Kappa Nu honors student. Though he is no longer a student, he still remains active with his university in his role as a Benefactor of the A.J. Drexel Society.
Following graduation, he accepted a position with GE. Bryan Rishforth started his career with the company as the Chief Risk Manager for GE Aviation, which was a $12 billion arm of the company. This role saw him taking the responsibility of leading the global underwriting, deal structuring and management of a $32 billion long-term aviation services portfolio. He then was selected to lead the $9 billion portfolio of the planned merger and integration of Honeywell’s aviation service unit.
During his career with GE, he worked in several capacities, including working in areas like engineering, manufacturing, internal audits, finance, and mergers and acquisition. He oversaw business teams around the world, including in Asia, Australia and Europe, in addition to teams in the United States. Bryan Rishforth also had a role in leadership for numerous sectors of the GE brand, including GE Lighting, GE Plastics, GE Energy, GE Appliances, GE Consumer (GE Money), GE Capital’s Employer’s Reinsurance and GE Insurance (Genworth).