R. Willing Ryan, III
Founder, Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer
R. Willing Ryan, III is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of RWR Investments LLC. He has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry and over $1 billion in corporate finance and real estate transaction experience both on and off Wall Street. Before founding RWR Investments LLC in 2011, Mr. Ryan was employed in the Capital Markets Group of Lone Star Funds/Hudson Advisors (“LSF/HA”), one of the largest global private investment firms in the United States. While at LSF/HA, he was responsible for the financing and asset management of several LSF/HA portfolio investments.
Prior to LSF/HA, Mr. Ryan worked for Covalent Capital, LLC (“Covalent”), a merchant banking firm with particular emphasis on direct investing and advising middle market companies in the United States. While at Covalent, he focused on all firm activities related to direct investing in, advising and managing middle market investments and their management teams. Before joining Covalent, Mr. Ryan was an analyst for JP Morgan Securities Inc. in their Mid-Corporate Investment Banking Group, where he provided analytical support to investment bankers advising small and middle market companies across several industries in the United States.
Mr. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Business from The University of Texas at Austin and attained his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Southern Methodist University. He resides in Dallas with his wife and their two children.
Court C. Alley
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Court C. Alley is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of RWR Investments LLC. He has over 17 years of experience in management, operations and private equity investing. Mr. Alley began his career working for The Barrington Group (“Barrington”), a consumer products company based in Dallas, Texas. Subsequent to his tenure at Barrington, he started his own marketing company, Caruth Marketing, which he later sold in 2014.
Most recently, Mr. Alley served as an executive in the energy services industry for Dallas-based Tubular Synergy Group, and as Director at Calidant Capital, a middle market focused private equity firm. In addition to his business background, Court founded and worked as the Executive Director of Brighter Dallas, a political action committee that promotes social and political awareness among younger Dallas residents. In 2014, Mr. Alley also ran for a seat in the Texas State House of Representatives during which he garnered the support of multiple former mayors and many business and civic leaders around the community.
Mr. Alley is a graduate of the University of Texas with a major in Government and a minor in Business. He also received an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He resides in Dallas with his wife and their three children.
Chief Financial Officer
Mari-Kathryn Braswell acts as the Chief Financial Officer for RWR Investments LLC. She has over 24 years of experience in developing internal controls and best practices for clean and accurate financial reporting. Prior to developing her own practice in January 2003, Mari-Kathryn worked with several CPA firms located in the Dallas area. During this period, she provided support in full general ledger preparation work, turn-key payroll services and broad based tax return preparation. She is a QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor and has extensive experience in MAS 90 and PeachTree/Sage50.
In addition to this experience, Mrs. Braswell was the director of accounting and assisted in the development of the internet-based registration and fees programs that integrated into the accounting for a $20 million dollar Not-For-Profit organization in Dallas, Texas. During that time, the annual audits of the Organizations financial records resulted in “Zero-Change” audited Financial Statements by several prominent Dallas CPA firms.
Mrs. Braswell attended Southern Methodist University where she was the proud recipient of a full four-year scholarship in accounting. Mrs. Braswell resides with her husband on their Longhorn cattle ranch north of the metroplex where she enjoys ranching with her husband.