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Ryan Names Eight New Principals to the Senior Leadership Team

Press Release Jan 18, 2018

Dallas, Texas – Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider, has named Nathan Bittner, Alan Decker, Brett Koch, Ted Kuch, Melissa Munoz, Bob Rosato, Matt Scherer, and Mary Vaughn to Principal.

“This class of newly promoted Principals represents one of the most talented and impressive groups in our history, and I am proud to welcome these remarkable professionals to Ryan’s senior leadership team,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “Ryan’s commitment to providing opportunities for career growth and advancement is unmatched in the tax services industry, and we are excited to reward these talented professionals for their commitment to client service and results.”

Nathan Bittner is a Principal in Ryan’s Fuels and Excise Tax practice and is based in the Atlanta, Georgia office, where he specializes in providing state and federal fuels and excise tax recovery, focusing primarily within the airline industry. Mr. Bittner joined the Firm in March 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with certifications in Finance and Marketing from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Alan Decker is a Principal in Ryan’s Transaction Tax practice and is based in the Dallas, Texas office, where he specializes in providing transaction tax services to clients in a variety of industries. Prior to promotion to Principal, his team received numerous client service awards and secured more than $250 million in client savings. He is an active member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and frequently lectures on various topics for clients, tax organizations, and Ryan’s Professional Development program. Mr. Decker joined the Firm in August 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University.

Brett Koch is a Principal in Ryan’s Complex Property Tax practice and is based in the Dallas, Texas office, where he specializes in providing multi-jurisdictional property tax services, including audit defense, compliance, appeals, valuation, and management. Mr. Koch joined the Firm in June 2004 and offers more than 13 years of experience serving clients in a variety of industries, including heavy manufacturing, distribution, telecommunications, and transportation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Management from Texas A&M University.

Ted Kuch is a Principal in Ryan’s Property Tax practice and is based in the New York, New York office, where he specializes in providing property tax services to commercial clients located in New York City and throughout the United States. Mr. Kuch joined the Firm in January 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hartwick College and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, and is a Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.

Melissa Munoz is a Principal in Ryan’s Credits and Incentives Practice and is based in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office. Her expertise centers around identifying and implementing multistate sales and use tax savings for companies across a wide variety of industry sectors, with a focus on business incentives negotiation and tax credit compliance services. In addition, she specializes in advising clients as they establish new facilities, consolidate or expand facilities, increase employment, and/or incur costs due to job training. Ms. Munoz joined the Firm in January 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of New Mexico.

Bob Rosato is a Principal in Ryan’s State Income and Franchise Tax practice and is based in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office, where he specializes in multistate income and franchise tax services, including refund review, audit defense, and tax controversy work. He has extensive experience in state income tax controversy work serving and advocating for corporations across the country and has successfully identified and obtained significant client tax savings. He is an active member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. Mr. Rosato joined the Firm in September 2009. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University, Post Graduate Studies in Tax Law at Duquesne University School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.

Matt Scherer is a Principal in Ryan’s Transaction Tax practice and is based in the Dallas, Texas office, where he specializes in providing transaction tax services to clients in the retail, manufacturing, and banking/financial services industries. Mr. Scherer joined the Firm in January 2003. He is a frequent lecturer on tax topics and is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and the Texas Taxpayers and Research Foundation. Mr. Scherer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University.

Mary Vaughn is a Principal in Ryan’s Property Tax Compliance practice and is based in the Scottsdale, Arizona office, where she specializes in the valuation, assessment, taxation, compliance, and exemption of personal property on a state and local level for clients in a variety of industries, including commercial and industrial properties. Ms. Vaughn joined the Firm in May 2014. She holds a Master of Legal Studies degree with an emphasis in Real Estate Law from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Northern Arizona University. 

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is a six-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multi-disciplinary team of more than 2,200 professionals and associates serves over 14,000 clients in more than 45 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at ryan.com. “Ryan” and “Firm” refer to the global organizational network and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ryan International, each of which is a separate legal entity. 

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