As Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Schram provides organizational and operational leadership for IZEA, servicing the needs of its team members, brand partners, and creators across the globe.
Placing company culture and creativity at the center of his approach, Mr. Schram is responsible for the IZEA’s overall operational environment, including the Company’s global client development, marketing communications, human capital, and creator ecosystem organizations. He also leads the Company’s corporate business development growth strategy domestically and abroad. Schram was appointed to IZEA’s Board of Directors in November 2012.
With over 15 years of experience in the consumer marketing and technology space, Ryan has an established track record of driving growth, efficiency and profitability for leading-edge companies. In addition to his responsibilities at IZEA, Schram is actively involved as a mentor in the TechStars Mobility incubator and as a member of the Marketing Leadership Advisory Board at the Eli Broad College of Business.
Prior to joining IZEA in September 2011 as the Company’s first-ever Chief Marketing Officer, Ryan served as Group Vice President at ePrize (now HelloWorld), the prominent digital engagement agency that was acquired by private equity firm Catteron Partners in August 2012. Previous to ePrize, Mr. Schram held a variety of leadership positions at CBS/Westwood One and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. His work has been regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, AdAge, and ADWEEK.
A proud graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (B.A., Management), the center of Ryan’s life is his wife, Jamie, and sons Brendan and Colin.